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Aspall Imperial Vintage Suffolk Cyder (Bottle)

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Brewed by Aspall Cyder
Style: Cider
Stowmarket, England

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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Bottled only. Available in 500ml bottles.
Note: The label may state the vintage year or number but it is unlikely that each vintage will get a separate listing for RateBeer purposes.

We called this cyder Imperial in honour of our great grandfather JB Chevalliers success at the Imperial Fruit Show in 1921. Every year we craft a special vintage. This is our 285th.

Rich fudgy, tantalising flavour enhanced by bitter-sweet apples from a single years crop. Notes of raisins, dates and prunes. Sweet mellow finish.

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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmctaster (79) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2016 Dark amber with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is apples and a mixture of dry cider and alcohol. Taste is apples and dry finish. Similiar to a ginger ale with apples.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - OCT 13, 2016
Bottle shared. Quite a thick mouthfeel, rich red apple puree character, some apfelwein quality, fairly warming finish with spicy notes. Nice stuff specially considering their other basic brews, a bit too heavy and sweet for me maybe.,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8811) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Golden coloured cider. Its strength is not overly evident, but seems to provide a decent edge to its apple, which is not overly stated but feels good in the palate. The fruit is fairly dry tasting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle, 500ml. *** Colour: Deep yellow golden, clear. Small head. *** Nose: Medium-sweet apples, mild oak, some vanilla. *** Mouthfeel: Medium body, not watery at all. Moderate carbonation. *** Taste: Ripe apples, medium sweet. Also a touch of peach and vanilla at the start. Mild oak mixes with the apples toward the middle. White wine mixes with apples and peach in the finish, long afteraste of pears, vanilla and some lemon. *** Impressions: Very well made vintage cider with an intriguing mix of fruit flavors and slight oak and vanilla undertones. Well-judged level of carbonation to keep things lively. The best Aspall cider Ive tried so far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1773) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle, Vintage No. 286 (2014 harvest). Clear golden body, minimal disappearing head. Aroma has soft leather and some vanilla. Mellow carbonation and mouthfeel. Semi-sweet taste of baked apples with low tartness. Smooth vanilla and leathery notes. Not notably woody or medicinal like some other English vintage ciders that Ive had. The 8,2% ABV is absolutely covered, feels like a 6% cider. Very delicate and pleasant.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1847) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle, 286. Pours in clear pale body with high visible carbonation and ring of white head. Aroma has light apple acidic character, sulfury, peach. Taste has white wine character, peach, well balanced flavors. Body is medium with high soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6589) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 28, 2015
500ml bottle. Clear dark amber color. Tiny size, white head, stays. Apples, leather, sweet, tiny bit of salted gherkin water in aroma. Sweet, red apples, hard toffee in taste. Nothing tells me its 8%. Dry mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14478) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 7, 2015
500ml bottle ("work" at Koht, Tallinn)
Smells of curry! Lovely spices. Nice gold. Lovely soft palate. Lovely rich apple, sweet and full, but not sticky. No alcohol there. Full, but carbonation cuts through it. Finish mellow, a bit appley, some cakey spice hints. Lovely cider.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kajser27 (1478) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2015
Golden colored, still, no head. Aroma is sweetish and bit soury apple and apple juice, low+ tart. Taste is low to medium sweet apple juice, bit sour apples and moderate apple tartness, dry finish. Medium bodied and moderate to light carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Sweeter than expected but still keeps the dryness and is not cloying.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HerrBierkoenig (1212) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 8, 2015
From 0,5l bottle, BBD: MAY 17 Pours crystal clear golden liquid, medium frothy white head, fell down quickly, Aroma: red apples, Taste: light to medium sweet, light to medium bitter, medium sour, red apples, vinous, spicy, alcohol, Palate: light to medium body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long spicy red apple finish, Overall: good, enjoyed.


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