Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of fishingnet. Pours gold with thin white head that vanished pretty quickly. The aroma is of apples, booze and vanilla. The taste is both smooth and refreshing bringing up notes of apples, smooth mild oak wood notes and vanilla. It ends dry and with a thin body.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Clear amber cider with a small, fizzy, quickly dissipating head. Woodsy, apply nose - suggestions of sour mash and apple butter. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Sweet and woodsy with just a whisper of sour mash. Basically, a middle-of-the-road cider with fizz. Lengthy, sweet, mildly bourbony finish that dries out a touch in the end.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with no head. Aroma of oak and tart apples. Taste is sweet apples and a touch of oak with a tart apple finish. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of acidity. Good.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear copper with a small patchy white head. The aroma has the typical apple, but there is a dryness from the oak balancing the sweetness with just a hint of tartness. Medium / light body that is silky with only a bit of carbonation. The taste has semi-sweet apple, bits of oak and a lushness to the flavor. The finish is fairly dry and oaky. This is quite enjoyable for a mass produced cider.
Naka (697) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear relatively thin looking pale amber color with a little bubbling, but no real head. A sweet sort of vinegary apple cider aroma with just a hint of oak thrown in there for good measure. Hmmm... very very sweet. Pretty much like regular Woodchuck... aged in oak... which is pretty much what this is. Apples and oak chips with a little bit of a chardonnay quality. If they let this dry out a little bit, I think I would really enjoy it. Right now, the 1 bottle split 3 ways is plenty.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Muzzlehatch. Oh wait, he can’t get this in Vermont. Eh, It’s a toss-up as to who comes out better in the end. Pours a nice, slightly syrupy golden orange with a semi-lively body. Aroma is sugary white grape with hints of soft melon. Flavor is flat apple with woodchunks in the finish. Average mouthfeel for a slightly better-than-average cider.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
White grape juice aroma, with some rotten chemical/floral tones. Green bottle, twistoff. Clear, the color of tawny port. Sweet, very little apple astringency. Cooked apple and floral flavors. Pretty tasty, but disappointing as a hard cider. Glassy mouthfeel, only breaks effervescent at the very end. This would make a great poultry or pork infusion/marinade.
Earlier Rating: 9/9/2002 Total Score: 3
Acetic nose and flavor. Moderately sweet. Good non-lingering palate and mouthfeel. Dings on appearance for the green bottle and the twist-off.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Sweet apple aroma with a touch of a woody quality. The flavor is tart/sweet granny smith with a bit of woody depth. I’m not gonna lie, I laughed when I saw this on the shelf, but it’s actually quite good.
sebletitje (6230) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of fishingnet.
Once in a while, a good cider come across a tasting, bringing some freshness, away from the grains, etc.
This one follows the growing trend of oak aging and it does it well.
Aroma of subtle oak barrel , taste and aroma have lots of nice sugary apple with the nice addition of oak. Finish is dry and crisp. Good drinkable cider. It’s a cider, not much else to debate here.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow. It says oak aged. It has a syrupy sweet aroma with a lot of apple and sugar in it. The flavor is sweet, mellow yellow apple. The flavor gives way to the finish, which wears its heart on its sleeve and leaves the same apple-syrup and sugar.