Ernesto987 (3874) - 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 didnít really work out. Had too much sweetness apples and vanilla just added together
obguthr (4025) - 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 Woodchuckís best, Iím 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 donít know until you try them all!
johnnnniee (2411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mostly clear deep golden color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on the top. Smells of apples, oak, and a hint of sulfur and funk. Pretty lackluster aroma, but I suppose it could be worse. The flavor is what the aroma promised apples juice with a smattering of vanilla and oak to keep it at least a little bit interesting. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. Better than some but overly back sweetened to appeal to the masses.
pkbites (693) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have a difficult time rating ciders. They all taste very similar to me. Plus, "hard" ciders are not really very "hard". 5% alcohol is the same as most beers. Iíd love to see 10 or even 20% ciders. This has an average looking pour (for cider) yellow with almost no head. Smells like a Pop Tart. Tastes like a Pop Tart. Delightful apple and cinnamon flavor. This tastes good cold, room temperature, or warm. So far itís the best cider Iíve ever had. But itís wayyyyyyyyyyyyy over priced.
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tasted from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. It poured a clear, deep pinkish amber color with no bubbles or lace whatsoever. One-dimensional fermented apple-juice aromas, but some complexity in the flavor: syrupy sweetness with faint vanilla and hardwood tannins, a slight artificial sweetener impression but not too bad, some Champagne-like sharpness with a tea-like dry finish which was unexpected in a mainstream hard cider. Pretty tasty--not in a beer way, but in a sparkling wood-aged fruit-wine way.
BillWyce (740) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes: Poured pale amber with pretty much no head at all. Aroma of apple, with a mild woody note. Medium-bodied, slightly thick and slightly fizzy. Has the apple taste one associates with cider, but with a distinct wood note in the finish. Maybe a note of vanilla as it warms. Cider is not everyoneís cup of tea (so to speak), but this is a pretty good one if youíre looking for a change.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím definitely not an expert on cider but I found this to be very enjoyable with a little phoniness. The taste is obviously enhanced with syrups and additives, but it still shows some interesting notes from the oak barrels.
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out a clear gold with no head. Nice aroma of some tart green apple and a woodsy oak character with a candy-like vanilla-ness. Taste is pretty sweet yet tart, with a candy like green apple flavor, with some delightful vanilla and oak on the finish. Medium, tart, and doesnt finish dry. Not shabby!
ben4321 (4066) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 3/27/12, as Woodchuck Winter
Aroma: The nose has a good amount of wood and apple, with some vanilla hints
Appearance: This one pours a clear yellow-gold with basically no head or lace
Flavor: The taste is fairly sweet, but the wood flavors do provide some balance here
Palate: The body is pretty light, but that woodiness gives it a pretty unique feel for the style
I actually found this one really interesting. I donít know how much I liked it, but I definitely found it interesting. It is certainly quite different from what I think of when I think of a Cider.