Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I felt fortunate to find this, it is hard to come by in these parts. Pours dark amber in a wine glass, small amount of head quickly dissipates. Very nice color, although I noticed it has carmel color added. The aroma is strong vanilla and oak, more oak than your average wine. The taste is bright and fruity, a little on the sweet side, with perky vanilla, bourbon, and oak flavors dancing on your tongue. The body is medium witth a slick, thin texture, and very slight carbonation. The finish is sweet and long. One of the best ciders I’ve ever had.
alexsdad06 (6567) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle at home from notes. Pours a clear orange amber color with no head at all. The aroma and flavor have sweet apples, a slight tang, oak, vanilla, some subtle bourbon, pretty good for a cider, but it is still a cider.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegman’s. Pours deep copper with minimal head. Apple, cinnamon, honey in the nose. Tastes rich, dense, with apple, spice, cinnamon, finishing tartness, molasses, and oak. Pretty good, and the bourbon barrels add a lot of depth to this.
unclemike (2444) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber with minimal head. probably more interesting than good. there’s a lot of flavor, that’s for sure, but i’m not sure the overall mix is hitting the sweet spot for me. woodiness with some harsh bourbon overtone
chinchill (2668) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle.
Deep amber color with some temporary head.
Conservative barrel age treatment. Lightly sweet. Good apple flavor.
radio_nowhere (1018) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into snifter glass, clear ambery-copper color with no head. Aroma notes of maple, vanilla, light oak and apple sweetness. Taste adds notes of sugary caramel, maple syrup and light cinnamon spices. Light body, low carbonation, sticky with sweet caramel vanilla finish. Not bad for a chuck.
PhillyBeer2112 (2601) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2015
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bleh, I had kinda hoped this would be a good one and it started interesting with a nice oaky vanilla note but quickly turned to a really sweet and cloying cider, hint of tartness and carbonation, with the barrel flavors just becoming a little off-putting rather than adding character.
andrewje41 (1071) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured. Pours a dark solid gold color with a fading head. Aroma of some sweet sugary apples. Flavor is interesting, and a bit unexpected. Maple syrup flavor throughout. Kinda a dessert cider. Oakey. Unique for a cider, which I always enjoy. Solid.
tnkw01 (1279) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Gold in color. Aroma is oak and apple. Taste is a really nice balance of oak and apple.
charule (1473) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from FoBAB leftovers. Poured clear amber with no head. Aroma of sweet oak maple apple cinnamon slight booze. light carb med bod. Tastes pretty full of maple sugar apple spices. Pretty good
SPDickerman (1015) - Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber, no fizz. Smells like bourbon soaked, and flambéed, apples. Taste is sweet, apple, vanilla, sweet, hints of bourbon. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and no mouth-carbonation, Woodchuck Private Reserve Barrel Select Cider finishes with a sweet, slight apple crispness.