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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select is our ultra-limited cider crafted in small batches for a rare taste of sweet, crisp apple cider combined with smoky, dry bourbon flavors. Aged in genuine white oak Kentucky bourbon barrels, this copper-hued gem pairs excellently with cheese, pork roast and chocolate cake. Served best at 50 degrees, Barrel Select is truly an exclusive joy to relish.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Growler. Pours dark copper with a surprisingly large, frothy, tan head. The head disappears quickly, though. Standard cider aroma, with some notes of oak and vanilla. Very sweet, as usual, but subdued in the finish. The palate is nice and crisp, with a smooth finish. Overall, this is a very flavorful cider, with great complexity and depth, especially for a cider.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shawnzarelli (1) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2014 does not count
Delicious. One of my favorites. Sweet, but not too sweet. Just crisp enough. Deep golden red color. Aged in bourbon barrels, gives it a smoky, caramel-y flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
355ml green bottle. What? A woodchuck cider that is over 5%!? Still not a dry cider sweet bourbon notes atop a medium sweet cider bill.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (4207) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Not as pictured, much darker in a brown bottle. Neutral smell. A fairly dark cider. Almost pale brown, one of the darker ciders I can remember. Decent co2 but could use more. Slight sweet with volatile flavors, fer sure you can tell its higher alky. Not sure if the sweet accents make it better or make it hurt. Overall not bad but a little cloying with the variety of unfermented stuff in there. Disappointing for a cider.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
outlawskies (447) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie's it was gross kind of. It was gross like a sour mead. She gives a 0.8 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ckemps35 (15) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2014
This is my favorite cider, and arguably my favorite beer (if you can call it that). This has a great combination of dry bourbon flavor with sweet Woodchuck cider, all tied together with a great crisp finish. The flavor is there, the mouthfeel is on point, and the aroma is amazing. To make Woodchuck Amber better, it needed something to make it slightly less sweet, with a smokey-ish flavor to balance it out a bit. This is what it needed. It’s hard to say what could be done to make this cider much better.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Sweeter bourbon and more prevalent barreling than my favorite cider, Stagger Lee. Pours the color of bourbon. Nice all around, good balance between bourbon oak and apple, whereas SL was more subtle. Warming lingering crisp sweet finish."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1047) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Very awesome for a cider. Strong sweetness and sugary, but the bourbon really makes the cider shine.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Crushed a bottle. Aroma is candied apple, vanilla, and maple syrup. Pours amber with a small fizzy head. Taste is caramel apple, slight oak vanilla and pancake maple syrup. Far too much pancake taste for what I was hoping for. Would not repeat this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rader58 (791) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 30, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours burnt orange with hints of red. Aroma of wood, smoke, peat, candy apple. Flavor is smoky, wood, apple, caramel. This is my first rating of a cider and I am ridiculously impressed. It is like a sweetened, less harsh bourbon or a much less sweet apple juice that tastes like bourbon. win win.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
scarletfire65 (981) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
From notes.....Bottle at home. Oak, caramel, woody, candy apple, sweet. Like liquified alcoholic candy corn. Some maple notes in there, too. Excellent.


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