steelhead3686 (219) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear copper with almost thin head that dissipates quickly. Heavy whisky alcohol aroma that lets you know it was aged in oak. Incredibly sweet with a hint of alcohol sting. Very light and thin with a sweet finish. Not very satisfied with this cider. Certainly not something I would want on a winter or summer day.
rayOfBeer (656) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: golden pour with thin, white foam ring around the edge. Aroma is caramel, toasted oak, and apples. Flavor is oaky, with vanilla, a touch of caramel, and sweet cooked apple. I am not a big cider fan but the aroma and flavor are very nice on this one. It is a bit sweet but I would drink it again.
BVery (5944) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Outstanding cider. Oak really comes out and balances the tartness of the apples. Clear orange pour with no head. Finishes sweet yet dry.
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Oak, vanilla, and apple aroma. Clear amber, no head as per normal for a cider. Oak, sweet tart apple, and vanilla flavor. Not overly sweet. Light crisp body, lively carbonation.
adambcarrier (12) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak flavor is strong, adding an immediate punch. Oak mellows out the tart green apple bite. Nor sure why this is labeled "Winter". The vanilla comes as an aftertaste. Pleasant and unique.
Nejhleader (1222) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
has a mostly cider aroma, with maybe a hint of vanilla. Taste is a wierd blend of cider and vanilla blended with oak aged barrels. I personally don’t think the flavors blend very well together.
tnkw01 (1021) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This is a really good cider. Taste like a high quality apple cider, yes you can taste the oak barrel finish. Aroma is like an really good apple that one bites into. Color is a nice golden color like sunshine.
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample, here the oak aging where unique didn’t really work out. Had too much sweetness apples and vanilla just added together
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apple nose with a surprisingly strong oak component. Crystal clear amber coloir. Oaky apple flavor, approaching that of maple syrup, but not sweet. Very well balanced. A slight green apple tartness in the end, but even-handed throughout. As complex as a mulled cider, but with wood as the only additive. One of Woodchuck’s best, I’m ashamed I have passed this over for so many years.
fendermallot (2) - Gaston, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was impressed with this little commercial cider. Not anywhere near the greatest cider, to be sure, but it was actually good for what it was. I was expecting a regular appley cider with a hint of vanilla, but you definitely get the texture and mouth feel that the Oak aging imparts. It wasnt overly complext, but was pretty nice for the price. Will I buy again, probably not. There are a lot better ciders out there in the price range. But hey, you don’t know until you try them all!