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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5882) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8250) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2402) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2015
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2558) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
12 oz bottle. Deep amber color with some temporary head. Conservative barrel age treatment. Lightly sweet. Good apple flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (983) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2587) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (992) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle. Gold in color. Aroma is oak and apple. Taste is a really nice balance of oak and apple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2015
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SPDickerman (1014) - Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Draft... Crystal clear, beautiful, textbook-amber pour with no legs. The aroma delivers tons of white oak, accompanied by notes of brown sugar, caramelized apple and vanilla. Full-bodied and syrupy with tingly carbonation. The flavor is bold, sweet and tangy - caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted oak and maple, accompanied by a nifty nuance of malic acid. Sweet, maple-syrupy, lightly tangy finish. A sipper for sure.

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