hitemwitthehein (16) - - OCT 31, 2017 elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a straw-colored yellow with considerable cloudiness. Aroma is primarily of maple syrup and secondarily of apples--definitely sweet. Taste is, first and foremost, sweet. The flavor of the apple is evenly matched by the additions of vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup, each of which is discernible. Alcohol is noticeable and becomes more so as the cider warms. But even when cool to cold, the cider is extremely flavorful. In spite of this sweetness, there’s a certain dryness where the cider itself is concerned--quite crisp. Mouthfeel is lively, with tingly carbonation--just about what you’d expect for a cider. In sum, this may be the best cider I’ve tried. Now, I know that the additions of the vanilla, cinnamon, and syrup don’t make for the most "authentic" cider. Whatever. This is seriously flavorful, and while some may find the sweetness too cloying (entirely possible), you’d be missing out on something special if you passed this one by.
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2017 ABV - 6.9
.Appearance: Cloudy Brownish gold
.Aroma: Apple sauce, baked apple, honey, spices (cinnamon), vanilla bean
.Taste: Apple Pie filling, baked apples, followed by cinnamon spice, finishes with a dry sweetness, notes of honey and vanilla bean on the backend. Maple syrup is buried in there, just a hint at the very end. **Sweet.
.Mouthfeel: Big body, bold, dry, very soft carbonation.
.This is a perfect cold weather cider in my opinion. Literally tastes like an apple pie. Sweet, but balanced with a good amount of spice. Very nice flavors of honey, vanilla, cinnamon, softened apples, and a small subtle hint of maple syrup towards the finish. Perfect combination of flavors that you might enjoy on a cold winter night. slowrunner77 (12800) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2016
couldn’t place the sweetness as maple...this seemed to be a lightly barrel aged sweet leaning cider, with hints of spice and vanilla, with any farmhouse character relegated to the background. Unique cider, and a nice seasonal. Drinks big. Zeswaft (1778) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy gold. Aroma of maple syrup and vanilla. At first there is a little funk to adjust to. Quite sweet. Vanilla and maple syrup are obvious. Yeah very sweet but i like it. My wife found the amount of sweetness offputting. shrubber85 (11609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Cinnamon, maple/vanilla, sour apple, and straw aroma. Golden yellow. Very sweet maple, light cinnamon, apple juice and lightly bitter straw flavor. Nice body. Very sweet but nice. jonno (2911) - JAPAN - APR 25, 2016
This is a fantastic, high grade ballistic sweet chop of apples and funk. Rich, bordering on decadent. A nice after dinner drink I would think. A bit like a lighter ice cider.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
Aroma is textbook apple pie filling: cinnamon, sweet baked apple, vanilla. Everything but the crust. Taste is the same, dominated by browned apple caramel. I think a lot of people would call it too sweet but for me it was like a nice brown cider with color to match. Will have again at holidays. drpimento (3755) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Geez, I had really high hopes for this one given how good the scrumpy northern gold was. But I’m not picking up the vanilla or maple here at all shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 13, 2015
Bottle at BCS. Aroma is great. Apples, light funk, spice. Initially get the cinnamon but it is overwhelmed later. Taste is lovely, firstly apples, then sweetness, vanilla, pfeffernusse, rich and fruity. Little bit of spice but very smooth. Low carbonation. Really nice!
SudsMcDuff (8485) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
bottle .. . pours a dark tan .. no foam .. lots of the sweet sweet scrump! .. . full mouth, nice full finish .. a really great cider!! .. . . sheep really are fascinating.. alexsdad06 (10778) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle shared by Tmoney99 from old notes. Pours a hazy light golden color with a few random bubbles. The aroma and flavor have fresh, sweet apple, mild cinnamon spice, a hint of maple syrup, honey, this is a bit better than many ciders, but....