olr1984 (1060) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
750ml bottle pours a clear dark gold with a small white carbonated head. Tart apple aroma and taste.
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Orange pour with a light head. Grossly sour aroma with an equally gross and dry flavor. No thanks.
rumproasts (2852) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. Pale golden with minimal head. Barnyard aroma. Funky and tart cider. Very dry and acidic, not enough apple for my taste.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Binnys Naperville (Naperville, IL). Finally got around to grabbing this one to keep the series going. Opened with Mrs. Alum. Pours a well hazed almost murky yellow champagne hue. Lively bubbles, quickly dissipating brighter white head dies to nothing. Bubbles stay through the body, dulled translucent body shows that champagne slant. Aromas are a bit yeasty and dry, gentle spiciness meets apple juice and skin, a gentle kiss of white grape, champagne like with some yeasty funk, faint vanilla. A bit of sulfur and stink at times. Initial is lighter bodied, dry and a bit yeasty, with gentle red apple, touches of yeast, dryness and gentle mellow spice. A bit bland and mellow semi-sweet qualities, the residual sugars are well fermented out, touches of vanilla, gentle clove and spiciness. Mellow sweet and tart apple qualities mix in and out, subtle, lighter body. It’s pretty approachable, perhaps a bit bland as a focus or strength doesn’t develop for me. The apple sugaars are fermented out, but the yeast also doesn’t assert and dry it out as much as you’d expect. Subtle vanilla, clove, and spice give it a touch of complexity, with gentle tartness, apple skin and mellow white grape. Solid stuff. Not my favorite cider from Virtue thus far but it certainly is pretty solid. Quite approachable. Kinda would like a bit more yeast/dryness to come in on that backend but it’s certainly enjoyable and grows on me as the dryness and yeast creeps in a bit more further in.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Vintage bottle filled to the brim. Expensive for a young cider at $21 for a 750ml. Pours with a lightly hazy, pale golden hue with a fizzy white head that dies quickly. Aromas are slightly sulfuric with moderate funk notes, brett, barnyard a low chlorophenolics. Lemony acidity, manure and fresh cut grass. Despite some of those descriptors the overall impression is of a nice cider. Flavors are dry, bright, medium low acid with very low tannin for what I was expecting. Lots of strong apple character. Full carbonation, mild sulfur notes. Dry finish. Pretty good, but not too complex.
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden yellow, clear, nice bubbles. Aroma is apple and yeast, subdued. Taste is slightly tart, subtle apple, yeast, very dry finish. Essentially apple champagne, fun to try.
Tmoney99 (10570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear amber color with a minimal fizzy head that lasted with good legs. Medium sparkling sweet apple aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation and good legs. Medium to heavy sweet crisp apple flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable complex cider.
DrSilverworm (6302) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. Totally clear, golden, slightly orange color. Little off-white bubbly head. Medium body. Great, smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Smooth. and easy to drink. Refreshing. Great, light, sweet, moderate tart taste, very tasty.; Good fresh apple, very light funk, light mustiness. Some pear. This is a great cider. Light, easy drinking. Delicate, yet incredibly complex and tasty.
alliance100 (640) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle - super funk on this one. Weird Band-Aid aroma , wasn’t coming through in the taste though. Some dry champagne like qualities . Not bad but far from my favorite from Virtue, who normally make outstanding ciders.
alexsdad06 (5362) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear watery amber with a few random bubbles. The aroma and flavor have sweet apples, some tart character, dry, flavor softens at the finish.