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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   ABV: -
Cold weather calls for savory sippers, and Barred Rock is the perfect winter warmer. A blend of late-season Sonoma County heirloom and cider apple varieties, aged for over 3 months in bourbon barrels. Heady butterscotch on the nose, plush mouthfeel, amaretto and vanilla notes, and a long, rich finish. This cider was fermented to dryness, no backsweetening, so your palate will experience all that the barrel aging has to offer, without any cloying effects. This is dessert in a glass, but it’s also delectable with pumpkin pie, apple crisp, figs, anything with caramel and maple syrup. Oddly tasty with coffee, too! LET THIS WARM UP! 60 degrees or more, don’t be afraid. The warmer, the more decadent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6950) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours pale golden, fizzy with minimal head and lacing. Aroma is apple, strong funk, light bourbon, a bit of whiskey sour. Flavor is light sweet, medium funky, apples and Brett, whiskey sour. Light plus body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle @ Home. Clear golden pour with a small white head. There’s a nice baked apple nose along with some vanilla, almond, and white grape. Slight apricot, too. Maybe a little bit more of a spirit character to both the aroma and flavor. Sort of a brandy and bourbon character. There’s a good bit of crisp apple, some pear, and a light grape acidity. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Pours clear gold with an orange sunrise. Musty apples, cobwebs, oak, attic aroma. Drink this warmer than usual, the bourbon character really blooms. Vanilla and toasted oak mingle with thin apple juice. Pretty pleasant. Could use some body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2547) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Golden liquid, with a quick white head. Sherry, wood, almond, dark pome (apple pie) are welcome companions to abundant floral apple notes. Feel is medium to low medium effervescence. Tiny bits of chlorophenol and perhaps acetaldehyde emerge somewhere in the mid 50 degree Fahrenheit range in this monster 8.8% cider.

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