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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - on tap at Proof Brewing Company. Light copper pour, off-white head. Nutty and oaky aroma. Flavor has some bubble gum accents, a nice dollop of oak woodiness, crisp apples and a back end of amaretto. Thick enough mouthfeel. A nice change of pace for a cider.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle at a work event. From notes. Light apple with a lot of oak. A hint of maple syrup. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3433) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle: Pours clear, dark gold...no head. Caramel apple....wood scent. Taste is slightly tart apple-pie, light bourbon, caramel. Sweet, yet dry... Extremely good....very rich.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2972) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
12 oz. Bottle. Amber color with fast disappearing white head in the snifter. Aroma has light barrel notes with baked apples.

Flavor is a wisp of bourbon, tart apple, with a decent amount of sweetness in the finish. Vanilla oak with some caramel. Texture is very dry as it should be. Really the first cider I had that falls in the medium body range instead of light. Overall, maybe the best cider I have ever sampled. The barrel makes this cider.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (565) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Another combination from Woodchuck that I wouldn’t have thought I’d enjoy. Just as advertised, it’s apple cider with some bourbon. Good combination.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (601) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a deep gold/copper . Strong oak and sweet bourbon aromas . Taste of medium apple sweetness , vanilla , and oak . Very enjoyable . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kchampagne (90) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2014
I had this one poured out of the bottle. It has a nice copper color, which automatically set it apart from most ciders. It definitely had a nice smokey aroma with vanilla and cinnamon. The flavor is well balanced and complex. I never imagined that a cider aged in bourbon barrels would work so well. This is definitely one of my favorite ciders.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4307) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours still deep orange into a shaker. No head. Sweet caramel and bourbon aromas. Crisp apple upfront turning to vanilla and bourbon in the soft, lasting pie crust finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6067) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pour on tap, dark orange pour with no head, aroma brought notes of apple, vanilla, oak, bourbon, nice earth and spice. Taste is a mix of fruit, apple, hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla, finishing with some spice. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2990) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Draft - Sweet red app land some barrel notes. Clear copper with no head. Marzipan, vanilla, far sugars an apple. After a long day of drinking, just what I needed. Crisp, refreshing and flavourful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3375) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with a thin white head. Light apple aroma with a nice hint of the wood and bourbon from the aging. Definite bourbon sweetness at the front that turns into almost a maple syrup taste with the apples. Finishes dry and clean. A bit odd, but kind of nice.


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