degbert (1774) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark gold-brown with no head or visible carbonation. Nose is dry, but with definite molasses elements; very little malic sharpness. Dry on the tongue as well, with notes of nutmeg and molasses woven into a dry cider similar to an Asturian cider. Mouthfeel is round and creamy. Fascinating. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours rosy brown with a thin light tan head. Sweet red grapes on the nose, with sugary sweetness, and some light apple. Has some astringency in there as well. Taste has more apple, with some rubbing alcohol sharpness and a caramel/brown sugary sweet finish. Medium body and pretty smooth, but overall too sugary for my tastes. GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Cloudy dark amber in apperance. Overwhelming taste of molassas at the beginning. Hints of butterscotch as it opens up. Very sweet but still good drinkability. wlajwl (6884) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Very earthy aroma, a strange mix of dry stout and apples although its interesting. The flavor is apples mixed some nuttiness and is thick in body, probably due to the molasses. Interesting and unique, not incredible but still good for what it is. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bomber shared by my stepfather - thanks, Peter! Very interesting notion to rock a cider with stout yeast and molasses, but it worked quite well. Base beer was nicely tart, darker apple juice rather than bright green apples. The ripeness of the yeast and just a smidge of sharp molasses were welcome and subtle additions to a balanced, flavor cider. Might have to try some more of these.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of apples, funk, cheese, yeast, cider, and plastic. Poured brown/amber/orange in color with no head. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of apples, wood, acetic acid, plastic, cider, and funk. Medium body. Tingly texture. Average to lively carbonation. Apple, cider, funk, plastic finish. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Appearance: murky and kinda dirty garnet and amber. No head after pour which is fizzy. Faint ruby glints along bottom edges of glass.
Slipstream (2651) - USA - NOV 8, 2011
Nose: unique – not quite sure whether in a good way or bad. Sour turned apples, funk, and Brett. Molasses is heavy and almost suffocating – cooked and burnt. Malt vinegar, red wine vinegar. Acrid. Apples and fresh molasses along the edges. Leather and gamey meat. Buttery?
Palate: tastes a bit better than it smells. Molasses and malt vinegar hit hard and relentlessly in the back. Weird and quixotic – bold flavor front to back. Quick finish. Smooth buttery mouthfeel is a bit disconcerting. Oiled buttered leather. Cold day old apple pie where the crust is wet and soggy from soaking in all the apple, cinnamon, and butter. Cooked bananas. Vinegar in the breath. Touch of spritz in the middle. Gamey leading into the finish.
Final Thoughts: quite intriguing and after a long period of quaffing and contemplating, I decided not really in a good way. Even now I find myself thinking back and wondering if another try might leave a different and potentially better impression on my person…but I’m not willing to find out. There are other better Crispin ciders out there.
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Murky, dark amber pour and an aromaless aroma. The flavor is interesting. Lansdowne is made with Irish stout yeast and molasses. It is a fairly robust cider with a sweet molasses bottom. A fair amount of burnt butterscotch taste is its biggest shortcoming, as Otakuden pointed out in her excellent review. Not great, but it deserves some credit for uniqueness. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle poured into glass. Irish stout yeast with organic molasses....I’m not sure how this combo should work but it didn’t change much for me. It taste like a normal cider but with a lot less aroma. OK but nothing special CanIHave4Beers (4188) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Pours a deep slightly hazy orange color, almost amber with a small head.
The aroma is red apples, some smokiness, and some cinnamon.
The flavor is very weird, and I can’t exactly put my finger on what the flavors are that I don’t like... I just know something isn’t working here. The cider is sweet and a tad astringent in the aspirin kind of way. There is some red apple & some chalky flavor in there as well.
This one really just didn’t do it for me, I’m thinking this is my least favorite of the crispin line of the ones I’ve tried.