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Woodchuck Draft Cider® Oak Aged is a perfect culmination of Premium French and Traditional American Oak, giving the cider great complexity and broad characteristics that neither style could produce on its own. Handcrafted using a centuries old technique, this cider has tremendous depth; offering a unique taste and special aroma not found in any other American hard cider. Starting with an attractive oak taste and finishing with a touch of vanilla, Woodchuck Oak Aged pairs effortlessly with holiday dishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernesto987 (3848) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Sample, here the oak aging where unique didn’t really work out. Had too much sweetness apples and vanilla just added together

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4003) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fendermallot (2) - Gaston, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2012 does not count
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 15, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pkbites (693) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2012
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. I’d 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 it’s the best cider I’ve ever had. But it’s wayyyyyyyyyyyyy over priced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
seymour (1465) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillWyce (734) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2012
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 everyone’s cup of tea (so to speak), but this is a pretty good one if you’re looking for a change.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 14, 2012
I’m 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2012
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4062) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2012
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
Overall Impression: I actually found this one really interesting. I don’t 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.

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