j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2017 goodbyeohio (36) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Decants rather flat into my tulip.. Off-orange pour with force pour bubbles but mostly still. Concentrated apple brandy aroma hits first, with a campfire smokiness in the slightest quantity.. perfect for balance and not overwhelming. Nose is of fall in a glass. Tannic up front with a bit of phenol from the smoke, but not a hindering quantity. Sweetness and smokiness here make perfect bedfellows. Skins and pith round out the savory/bitter element here in the finish.. Never have I tasted a big cider with this much balance. Those who dislike smoked ciders and beers will not like this, but as a fan, I think it’s friggin spectacular. Hope to find another bottle on my next trip to Seattle.
Tasting at Andy and Pearl’s new place. Pours a clear amber, not much head. Big warm alcohol and a hint of smoke, apple. Medium bodied, soft smoke and warm apple. Big and warm, light apple, sweetness, warmth.
dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Puzzl’s. Poured a dead body gold, like thicker apple juice. Aroma was all over the place, bad apples, smoke, soap. Flavor is much better, smoked apples and camp fire pork skins. Medium mouthfeel with an average duration on the aftertaste. DCLawyer (2914) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Backlog from Brony Bottle Share at Travlr’s. Gold with small head. Tart apples with a light ash note coming through. Interesting. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle. Yellow copper pour, with no head. Smoke, toasted oak, sweet apples, booze, notes of honey, vanilla, and nice char barrel character. Interesting. Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
This blew my mind! ABV is well disguised in this gently smoky (yet not underdone) treat! Glad it only comes out once a year because I spend a small fortune when it does.
Ferris (16499) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle - Light cooked Apple and bourbon. Clear gold. Sweet Apple and bourbon and a bit of booze in the finish. A little syrupy. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle from Schilling Cider House. Thanks to Eugene. Sadly appropriate beverage given all the fires raging in WA apple country. Really cool charred oak barrel character on this. Sweet and strong but kept well in check by the barrely parts. Smooth rich sipper. Pretty damned delicious. beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Finally got to try this. Solid light copper color, still. Nose is strong slick apple with wood alcohol, burnty wood, not smoke. Hefty alcohol balance the apple. Flavor is soft and heavy alcohol essence with apple. Whatever, I like. Reminiscent of ice cider. mages64 (73) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2015
An unbelievable barrel aged cider. Smokey, Peated, huge barrel character with tons of fresh apple flavor. Simply divine. Cidertron (33) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2015
This is masterful cidery. It’s literally inbetween the Winterruption from JK and the Prohibition Rumrunner from Sea Cider Farms in BC. It comes as a deep clear gold and has fantastic handles. The oak is very noticable and runs a bit sweeter than the Prohibition - I’ve never had a smoky cider but it definitely works here. I was very surprised and blown away by this. It was well worth the trip to Seattle to bring back to California!