bhensonb (11257) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours light amber with a slight creamy white head. Truth. Marvelous mixed aroma of cider, mild bourbon and oak. Med body. Flavor starts sweet, goes quite astringent, bounces to bourbon, then some oak pops out. Then it seems more astringent. Wow. The sweet start makes me thing of tart cherry. It is dry. Wasn’t getting smoke til I thought of it, but that’s in the mix. Simply amazing stuff.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber pour with a white head. Sweet caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, and tons of oak. Some green apple tartness, sweet fruit, and molasses. Sweet flavor of maple syrup, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. Very strong flavor of charred oak, sweet apple, and some light tartness.
Tmoney99 (10817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with a minimal fizzy head that diminished slowly with little lacing. Medium floral apple aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium tart apple flavor with a medium taqrt sweet finish of short to moderate duration. Solid drinkable refreshing beverage.
adnielsen (9279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home. Slightly hazy, dark burnt orange appearance with an off white head. Charred wood, vanilla, roasty apple aroma. Sweet apple, charred wood, vanilla, light spice, light bourbon flavor. Kind of a weird concoction.
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow gold pour, white head. Loads of apples and really awesome oak and bourbon notes. I love the barrel notes in this beer. And it makes a mean ass snakebite too!
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good thing we don’t rate labels because this one is hideous. 12 ounce bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours a clear amber color with a thin fizzy white head. Poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart apples, vanilla and faint whisky notes. The taste is apples, bourbon, maple and wood. Medium bodied. A little on the sweet side. Despite the label its quite a nice cider.
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL. Pours deep amber with medium white foam. Longer retention for cider with some lace. Odd. Nose up front is green apple Jolly ranchers, moving to something like apple pie, something odd like musty General Store: dust, attic, linens, rose, stale candies, tootsie rolls. It is complex but very odd. Taste is sweet, candies, something starchy, still very dusty, attic. Feels old rather than fresh and quenching. The complexity is odd rather than intriguing. Fiancé rating :3.2
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the 2013 Chicago Cider Summit. Pours a deep orange amber with a white head that starts at the edges and remains. Aroma has a great combination of apple and bourbon that works nicely. Flavor flavor has a beautiful combination of bourbon and sweet apple.
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thin white head. Sweet apple, brandy and wood, grapes, a bit of vanilla. Medium bodied, sticky sweet, not cloying though. A nice earthy wood note, soft sweet bourbon. Spicy apple brandy on the finish, a hint of smoke. Surprisingly nice.
marcus (6589) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours amber with a thin off-white head and a strong apple aroma. There is a very mellow carbonated apple flavor with lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Very tasty.