NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Had this one the same night I had The Saint variety of Crispin. Pours a dark brown, no head. Aromas of apples and molasses with some yeast notes and almost a roasty character too. Flavor is apple with the molasses and yeast playing well off of each other. I’m a bit surprised by the reviews this one has gotten, I thought this was really interesting and pretty good too. It’s drier than The Saint but not super dry. Interesting concept, good cider. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by Nate. Hazy amber brown color. No head or lace. Interesting nose - molasses, baked apple, big on the butterscotch. Flavor is a surprise - Smoke? Smoke... Kind of confusing for me, with the apple. Definite molasses (which I may be finding kind of smokey). Medium to big body. Lighter, soft carbonation. Very dry finish. Maybe even some kind of chalkiness in the finish - Joe said that where was "something lingering in the aftertaste" that he wasn’t a fan of. Definitely something. Finish doesn’t bother me too much, but it’s definitely strange. That irish stout yeast is much different than it was in the Bird on the Wire I tried before this. Chewy, but much less pleasant and creamy. Possibly responsible for that chalkiness. It must have been the trappist yeast doing the legwork in the other cider. Sweet, light tart, light bitter taste. Kind of messy, not as tasty as the Bird on the Wire... But still, very interesting. I appreciate these kinds of creative efforts, especially in a style that is usually pretty straight forward Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle. Deep murky purplish brown color, few bubble edge head. Aroma of apple skins, grapes, subtle port wine. Taste is vinous as well, with port and vanilla in addition to the apples. Medium dry finish. Interesting and unique. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Quite a bit darker than what I’m used to seeing in a cider. This one is a deep amber and very cloudy. it has a distinctive yeasty aroma. The flavor is rich full apple, natural and complete, with a powerfuly distinctive yeast note. Its refreshing and has a crisp, full body but is not too thick. douglas88 (9631) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bomber thanks to Kyle. I enjoyed this, it is odd though. Pours a cloudy brown/copper color with a small white head. A big nose of overripe apples. The flavor is a dry, oddly ripe fruit, caramel, dusty, very good. Almost tastes aged, nice.
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
bottle. pale golden with some sediment and minimal head. apple and light smoky molasses. dry finish. this falls into the category of "more interesting than good". Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
22 oz. bomber. Aroma is of basement cured molasses with a little sour crud on it. Color is a distinctive amber-brown. This tastes like a failed home brew experiment, I definitely like the Saint and Honey Crisp better. I don’t think molasses belongs in hard cider, the flavors don’t blend well together. It is difficult to sort out the apple flavor from the molasses and stout yeast. I’m a big fan of stout, but the yeast doesn’t work with cider, too dry and distinctive for this beverage. Nice try, but I won’t be revisiting this one. magsinva (1428) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Bottle from app vintner - pours a deep amber, with smokey, oakey notes. I wasn’t feeling this one, it lost the cideriness in pursuit of trying to give it some oomph. scarletfire65 (1507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Pours an opaque ruddy brown. No head. Lots of chunky sediment makes it look like dirty dishwater. The aroma is molasses, bruised McIntosh apple. Flavor of molasses, old apples. The stout yeast is detectable. Watery palate. Unimpressive. Danyel (1609) - Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle. Smells like molasses and brown sugar. Very molassesy but still thin mouthfeel. Like bubbly molasses water. Not my favorite, but I like the fact that crispin is trying fun new ways to make cider!