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Tilted Shed January Barbecue Smoked Cider

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
We first sampled this cider on an unseasonably warm winter day while grilling. This is one of our experiments gone awesome. We smoked a few apples from our farm over pear wood, then fermented and aged them with a base blend of fresh-pressed Sonoma County–grown cider and heirloom apples. This dry, aromatic cider is tart and bright, with a mellow smoky finish. Imagine drinking a brut champagne near a bonfire. Pour into a flute, tulip, or pilsner glass to experience its aromatics. Pair with aged cheeses, grilled meats, and seafood. Nice apertif!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertjm (853) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 1, 2014
(Bottled) No head. Golden body with lots of micro-bubbles coating the inside of the glass. Light aroma of wet campfire ashes after a light afternoon rain in the mountains. Flavor is definitely not your normal cider. However, the smokiness is subtle to a point that it tastes more like something aged in wood, than having the apples smoked. Tastes alright. But, not worthy of the $8.99/12oz. bottle they’re charging at Berkeley Bowl!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
375ml bottle pours a dark, straw gold with some light bubbles. Maybe a little head clinging to the edges. Nice nose, sweet apple cider, a little hard wood smoke, some candy, a little bubblegum. Flavor is sweet, apple juice, pears too, wet apple skins, not as much smoke as the nose. Clean, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver. Still, clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, apple, some mustiness, light smoke. Taste is medium sweet, apple, some tart, light musty, smoke. Uncarbonated light-medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7392) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by argo, thanks! Poured a clear yellow color, small off-white head. Aroma was light apples, some light crisp notes, smoke in there. Flavor was some notes of apples, sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle shared by argo. Pours clear pale yellow with no lacing. Aroma is apple and faint smoke. Flavor is apple, light smoke and a dry finish. Light body and carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thanks you! Hazy straw color, few bubbles. Aroma of dried apple skins, subtle spiced applesauce, distant and subtle smoke. Taste is burnt apple flesh. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Pours orange-hearted gold with a slight white fizz. French cider aroma, winey and tart. Flavor is lightly smoked, tending toward iodine and ethanol, thin in body, light dilute apples and cheap champagne.

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