Brewed by Aspall Cyder
Style: Cider
Stowmarket, England


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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 Chevallier’s 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 year’s crop. Notes of raisins, dates and prunes. Sweet mellow finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
From bottle at 2013 Cider Summit PDX. Clear golden color. Aroma of tart and sweet apples. Taste is very sweet apple; may be too sweet for others. Nice spiced roasted apple finish.

sebsky (100) - ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
500 ml bottle @home,bb 04/2019. Amber,clear.Apple aroma,apple taste. Alcohol well hidden. Good.

MelvinKalksma (1536) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, wood and apple.

Clear yellow/golden beer with no/a slight white head.

Medium sweet and slightly dry with malts, wood and apple.

This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Quite a authentic apple flavour if you ask me, shame the appearance of a Cider is always so rubbish.

Dfonorow (2216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pour is translucent golden with a small white head. Notes of apples, white wine, pepper, toffee, and vanilla.

caesar (7162) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2016
Fles van Ciderwinkel, No 286, 2014 harvest BBE Jun 18, 50 cl fles. Helder goud met korte bubbelige schuimkraag. Aroma heeft droog hout, eiken, lichtzure appels, heel klein beetje vanille. Vrij droog in de smaak, lichtzoet en lichtzuur van de appels, droog eikenhout, wat carbonatie. Er gebeurt weinig in de nasmaak, slechts wat plakkend op de tong. Ik had er wel iets meer van verwacht. Niet slecht, maar weinig spannend helaas. Alleen meer alcohol en dat vindt de gemiddelde Engelsman natuurlijk beregeil.

dmctaster (90) - 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.

biirusaikou (2705) - - 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.,

ManVsBeer (10485) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Golden coloured cider. It’s 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.

sound67 (731) - 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 I’ve tried so far.

thirstyrabbit (1849) - 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 I’ve had. The 8,2% ABV is absolutely covered, feels like a 6% cider. Very delicate and pleasant.

mmahut (1859) - 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.

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