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


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RATINGS: 283   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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dpi363 (1) - Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014 does not count
I’ve been looking for an English beer at home. Found this didn’t even read the was. Saw it said Product of England. Popped the top smelled the aroma. It was different. Took that first sip and was floored! I love it!!

dcingram (7) - - JUL 30, 2015 does not count
This is an excellent dry cider. The alcohol content is a bit high at 6% but has a really great flavor. You cannot fault the aroma or appearance. It tastes of apples but not as if it was doped with apple extract. For those of you looking to find an alternative to Bulmers Strongbow, now way too sweet for me, this is even better.

BJBishop (2) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2015 does not count
I was a total fan of Strongbow cider before the reformulation destroyed this once fine cider. Found Blackthrorn by accident and was more than pleasantly surprised. I believe it might be a better cider than the former incarnation of Strongbow. I believe the aroma and taste is more balanced with a nice dry finish. Not sweet like so many of the lesser cider. Not sure I understand the jump to sweetness. The clean finish and crispness of this cider is so refreshing. excellent on the pallet without being overwhelming. yes, this is my new favorite cider without question.

MaltyCulturalist (1) - - SEP 26, 2015 does not count
This cider is being unjustly under-rated in these reviews .The distinctive flavor of this cider is entirely in line with the claim that it is made (as is written on the can) from English Cider apples, which have a flavor considered too bitter to be apples for eating. The "minerality", "rotten", or ’’sulfur" flavor are in fact likely because the cider has been be made using the entire apple, skin, core and all. If you have ever bitten too close to an apple core you could recognize the distinctive taste of tanin from the apple seeds in this cider . This authentic cider flavor, while being an acquired taste, is superior to the sweeter flavor of cider made from apple juice, which is very common in America. I suspect that other brands are at least removing cores and skins, resulting in a tamer flavor.

olecurl99 (1) - USA - FEB 7, 2002 does not count
Wow -- there isn’t just one thing that makes this cider great... everything about it is truly delightful

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.

Bainer (45) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2003
Let me get this out of the way...I AM A STRONGBOW DRINKER. As a change of pace, the bar I frequent brought Blackthorn in instead of Strongbow. WOW! There is so much more flavour- so much more...everything! This makes Strongbow seem like Blackthorn Light. It is, I must admit, a great deal sweeter, which I don't enjoy, but it's worth the trade in aroma, body and taste. Don't be afraid of the lack of bubbles either- but insist on a chilled glass- Enjoy!

insomniapoet (6) - petaluma, California, USA - SEP 27, 2003 does not count
for even a beer drinker.. this cider would be even be palatable for the everyday beer drinker. with a smooth finish... a cider to bring to a bbq and not feel like a pansy..

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.

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