Brewed by Magners GB / Shepton Mallet Cider Mill (C&C Group)
Style: Cider
Shepton Mallet, England


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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Canned, bottled & draught.

Bright amber colour; aromas of apple and pear; off-dry palate with crisp apple flavours.

Note: This is the export only version, which nowadays is the only one available at 6.0% (possibly lower on draught). Originally it was sold as Dry Blackthorn. Until 2009 it was 6.0% in can/bottle and 5.0% on draught. In the UK was then "reformulated" with a sweeter taste at a reduced abv of 4.7%. At some point prior to this the word "Dry" had been dropped from the name and renamed simply Blackthorn. Following a storm of protest in the area where it is made Dry Blackthorn was reinstated in it’s original form at 5.0% in 2010 but only available in the English West Country.
If you found this in North America it’s more than likely this one (but pay careful attention to the abv). If you found it in the UK it’s one of the others. The version available in other export markets is believed to be based on the 4.7% UK variant. Again, check ABV.

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RobBestwick (991) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
mild apple aroma, bronze hue with virtually no head, sickly sweet apple flavour

ciderheads (4) - ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2003 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 I love cider. And for a while this was all i knerw. Now I know better and this is not good.

McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Tasted like a dry alcoholic apple juice but it lacked the crispness that other ciders have. It's common in pubs in London (along with Strong Bow)

nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2003
Sweet apple nose. Decent golden appearance. Sweetened apple taste. A reasonable cider.

Oakes (19550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2003
Light, fizzy, overwhelmed by sulphites in both aroma and flavour. Sweetish finish. Would be blandishly acceptable were it not for the sulphites.

BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2003
This used to be one fo the ciders I raved about until I started learning better. Sweet apple juice flavors get quickly overtaken by a dryness in the finish but just lacks a little in crispness and bite

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2003
(500ml Can) Well carbonated light golden cider with no head. Fermented apple aroma. Fairly sweet taste with a dry finish. Better than the norm!

harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2003 Wow....this is now my favorite cider. I tried this one recently for the first time and was blown away. I tried it in the bottle and would love to try in on draft. An incredibly carbonated, slightly champagne like feel, but a wine like aftertaste.

ciderguy (98) - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Probably my favorite draught english cider. Its pretty good from a bottle but better on draft. Good balance of sweet and dry.

ravidesai (979) - Bombay, INDIA - OCT 29, 2002
decent bubbly cider. good sweet and tart fruity flavors.....................

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