Virtue The Mitten Reserve
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   ABV: -
100% Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider.

Admin Note: A different offering than The Mitten which is a blended cider composed of both fresh and barrel aged cider.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle left over from FoBAB 2014. Pour is pale yellow with no head. Aroma and flavor of heavy bourbon, slight spice, honey, and light sugar. Finish is dry and a bit harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2179) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from a case of 750mls I got after helping cleanup FOBAB. Poured very pale yellow no head. Aroma of white wine sweet bourbon apples. No carb med bod.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
750ml bottle. Extremely dry brew, fusel alcohol and extremely nsweetened dry earthy appple. Takes a bit to get used to but some nice caramel and vanilla flavors emerge to put a light twist on cider.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
rxeight (2626) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Pour from a 750 at fobab. Apple vinegar. Too much barrel. Gasoline. Not good. Slammed it and moved on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
750 ml bottle gifted by the folks at Virtue. Thanks, guys! Shared at the New Glarus RnD Release. Pours a nice glowing cidery champagne hue, faint haze but near transparent. Frothy loose whitish head atop stays as a small ring, laces small. Aromas are firmer oak, whiskey and vanilla. Gentle spiciness, apple and a bit of tartness. Nice depth of vanillla with some apple sweetness, juice and a bit of dryness. Some deeper barrel notes without heat. Initial is lighter end with firm barrel, wet oak and tannic wood. Spirit, a bit of warmth but more vanilla, toaasty coconut and whiskey. Middle is a bit more apple driven, cidery with touches of juicy red apple, mellow tartness. Backend is dry, tannic and a bit fuzzy. Some nice apple presence mixes with the firmer barrel. I feel the barrel is potent here without being hot. Richer depth of flavors, vanilla, toasty oak and spirit with gentle apple tartness, a touch of spice, pie as we finish. Some harshness up front but grows on me.

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