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Thistly Cross / Tempest Snakebite & Black

Thistly Cross Cider
Formerly brewed at Tempest Brew Co

Style: Fruit Beer
Dunbar, Scotland
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Keg; Special - 2013.

A blend of 50% beer and 50% cider blended with fresh blackcurrant juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Keg at malt and hops. Pours purple, tart, fruity, sugary, light bitterness, tastes like juice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2014
On tap at the Cobbles in Kelso. Appearance - dark toffee to chestnut with a generous frothy head. Nose - toffee and fruit. Taste - blackcurrant completely comes through but with a lovely malt background. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a refreshing finish. Overall - yeah good merging of styles.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2013
Cask, half at The Blue Blazer. Dark reddish body appearance. Fair white head. Sweet berries to the nose, like blackcurrant juice. The taste follows the nose with sweet berries to the fore, this time a bit jam-like. Berries and fruits to the ending with a little note of tartness to it. Reminds me of a cider. Drinkable without further excitements (Edinburgh 09.08.2013).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (4365) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2013
Cask @ The Blue Blazer. Dark red brown, decent head. Tangy red currant aroma. Sweet & sour fruity flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. A "craft alcopop"
Earlier Rating: 3/22/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Cask @ Blue Blazer. Murky dark red. Fruity aroma. Bramble & apple flavour. More like a fruit juice than an alcoholic drink. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stuartyboy (1435) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at blue blazer light fruity pink purple in colour with sweet Apple and blackcurrant almost like a soft drink but with a cider apple bite seriously easy drinking

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2013
22nd July 2013
Cock Tavern. Keg. Very hazy red- pink beer. Residual pink head! Light palate, semi dry. Fine carbonation. Big sweet apple! Tempered by tangy blackcurrant and a little plum. Finishes dry and tangy, Well this is different! Pretty drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (4752) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
Cask by handpump at Blue Blazer, Edinburgh - cloudy red, bubbly white head, no lacing, apple and bramble aroma and flavour, very easy to drink

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2013
[cask at Brauhaus, Edinburgh] On gravity, it’s an opaque pinkish red, looking like a beetroot smoothie. As you would expect, the predominant flavour is blackcurrant, sweet berry fruit, grapes and lots of juice. There’s a fair tingle of cider at the end, as some of the apple bitterness come out. At no point does it taste of alcohol - which, of course, was the original intention [keg at Brauhaus, Edinburgh] On keg, sampled side by side, it’s even better – the carbonation lifts it, adds more bitterness from the cider component, and the colder serve evens out the sweetness (depending on your preference, of course). Both are supremely drinkable – always the main appeal of Snakebite, over the years [21032013] score is keg version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2013
cask at herriot watt ... murky red black .. thin off white head ... sweet fruits ... very sweet blachcurrnt.. light fruit ... light hop linger ... mostly blackcurrant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
Cask at Craft Beer Rising. It pours deep red with a medium off-white head. The nose is jam, blackcurrant, tanginess, apple, red grape and some farmyard. The taste is fruity, tangy berry, blackcurrant jam, apple, crisp sourness and red grape with a dry, lightly tart finish. Smooth, well balanced and just massively drinkable. Nice work!

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