luttonm (6835) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2017
Finnriver, Chimacum. Heavy yellow, thin bubbles. Bright anise nose. sweet, some earthy spice. Full body. Very nice. mcberko (19175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2016
On tap at McKay’s Taphouse, pours a clear dull yellow with almost no head. Aroma brings out lots of dry apples, with subdued saffron in there. Flavour is medium sweet with green apples, with only subdued saffron notes. Really nicely integrated. Unusual adjunct for a cider, but it works really well. Ferris (16696) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
Draft - Nice warm apple notes and saffron flowery notes. Clear gold with a frothy but small white head. Acidic Apple and some nice saffron notes. Surprisingly nice. DuffMan (10727) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2015
Bottle, medium golden, fine carbonation. Aroma is apples and yeast and light spice. Very dry palate, rustic yeast and apples, hints of saffron but no anise or fennel. No matter-- this was excellent. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
[Tap] Sampled at Cider Summit Chicago 2015. Golden pour with orange highlights. Quickly receding white head. Nose is of saffron and fennel. Not getting much anise. Dry spicy flavors feature mostly saffron. Very little apple cider flavor contribution. Definitely unique, but not something I would drink a lot of.
Beerdrinker79 (2218) - Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2014
500 ml bottle- Pours light golden with some bubbles floating to the surface. The aroma is assuming saffron, not sure what that even is, apples, perfumy. The taste is apples, whatever i was smelling is in the taste, but the apples do dominate. Seems odd to me, not sure if i like the ingredients here, maybe it’s just personal tastes. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Another bottle that my wife brought back from the cidery. fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Yellow pour, modest head. Crisp nose, mere hints of the spices that come on quite a bit stronger in the flavor. Indeed, the flavor is really quite an interesting experience, spices backgrounded enough that it’s nothing like a gimmick brew and even the usually in-your-face anise and fennel don’t scream their own names. Yet they’re forward enough that you notice them in a holistic way, marking their presence in an interestingly flavored concoction. Of the various Finnriver ciders I’ve had, the two Elijah K. Swan’s have been my favorites.
Bottle at winery nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2014
Blond color. Mild aroma of anise bread. Dry mouthfeel, mild acidity, light cider flavor.
Not a big fan of it, but it’s an original experiment.
Yellow pour. Aroma of sweet tang turmeric spice. Strong dusty spice taste. Nice dry palate. Better on tap than bottle; more flavor, fizzier.