MikaJuhani (28) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl bottle @ Lobby Bar Vaasa. Soft applegarden aroma. Nice golden color with small sparkles. Quite rich sweet/bitter applejuice taste. Some alcohol comes trough. Not so longlasting taste. Smooth palate. Not a special but ok!
Hansen (8291) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden coloured and clear. Has a white head, fully diminishing. Aroma of apples, alcohol too, faint almond? Flavor starts moderate sweet, some acid and light bitter finish. Dry texture, some alcohol too.
Zita (6049) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
sweet apple aroma,golden, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly sour, light body, oily feel, lively, long finish,
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl bottle at Rotary Pub, Göteborg, on May 27, 2011
Clear straw yellow color, very small white head. Acidic, apple scent. Apple. acidic taste. Moussy mouthfeel, very low bitterness.
Ernest (7204) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing.
Body is light yellow.
Aroma is notes of pineapple and apple.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The pineapple note is distinctive and fun, but overall there’s just not much to this. Sweet and simple. Hogan’s Medium is the easy winner of tonight’s cider showdown.
mikkopen (1024) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle, 2009 vintage. Three years after joining Ratebeer it finally occurred to me that you can rate ciders here, too. Here goes. Clear pale yellow colour, thin white head. Tart, dryish fruity apple aroma. The flavour is sweetish, dominated by apples, and with notes of vanilla and oak. Nicely warm finish. Tasty.
bhensonb (13731) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Henry Westons Special Reserve Cider 8.2% from the Vacaville BevMo. Pours pee yellow with some crispy fizzing. Nice appleskin aroma with a touch of oak. Flavor is sort of golden apple with some mild oak bitter. The oak sort of builds up with time. Very crisp and clean. Definitely less than sweet. Good stuff.
armando629 (2455) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5 l bottle from British Store, Budapest.
Pale yellow one with a superb fizzy character. Sourish apple, fementation cask, woods in the aroma, green leaves. Light body, easy texture, flavor of a riped apple, fruity, mild sweetness with a woody character. Dangerous because the alcohol is well hidden. Good one!.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle labeled "Henry Westons Special Reserve Cider 8.2%". Pours with a very pale clear yellow body with no head. Noticeable bubbles. Aroma of sulfur, light oak, wood, musty, tart apples and some carbonic acid (and malic acid, if not lactic). Flavor is a decent balance of sweet and sour. Some sulfur and a very earthy, musty finish. Oak flavor is near non existent (when compared to the aroma. Some tannins though. Thin with medium to light carbonation. Warming. Okay.
bvc (1232) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle that I picked up in Portland. Pours a bright clear very light in color straw yellow with no sign of carbonation. Concentrated crabapples, hint of vanilla, French oak and a touch of white grape. Meld of sweet tart red apples and tart green, white wine grapes, kind of boozey and wine like in the middle as the apples fall off a bit and the finish is toward the drier side as the oak notes show up with hints of the tart red apple notes coming back in.