WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle from BMan1113vr. I like this a lot, I don’t run around going for all the ciders I can find but I liked this a lot. Pours golden with a crisp bubbly. Nose is light and sweet. Taste is big, lots of apple tasting the whole apple, the skin and everything. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 13, 2007
(750 ml bottle from the cidery) Yeasty, cheesy, funky and tart...Pours hazy light yellowish orange with a small whitish very effervescent head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sourish apple, yeast, cheese and funk. Mouthfeel light, very dry (although not as dry as the sample I had at the winery (thanks Tom!) - that was incredibly, lip-puckeringly dry), light prickly effervescence. Flavor is funky and quite tart, definitely no sweetness like a mass-produced hard cider. Sourish, tart earthy apple and cheesy yeast. Slight berry fruitiness as it warms. Has a real rustic feel. Really kind of refreshing and easy to drink. mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. crisp gold pour with light bubbles. funky nose with apples, wood and a nice tartness. very smooth on the palate with a flavor of tart apples and a funky finish. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2005
750 bottle, presumably fresh, shared with the gracious and bodacious ClarkVV at his parents’ commodious habitation in Belfast, ME. Hazy, unfiltered gold with no visible carbonation...barnyardy/funky sour apple nose with light dried herbs (thyme particularly)....very, very dry and funky/sour body, bit watery, very acidic and tart, seems a bit oxidized (bottle not so new after all?)...hints of blueberry and dry nuts (walnut perhaps) as it warms. Very fine example of this all-too-rare (in the USA anyways) style of cider. ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2007 2005 bottle, 750mL from the Belfast, ME Coop, consumed with Muzzlehatch on 5/22/2005 at the "Crappy Maine beers plus two random Belgians and a Cider" Tasting. Unfiltered this cider is, with the color of dried straw, flecks of gold and some light tints of rust. No head, quite still, with some legs. Aroma of straw, grass, dry green and yellow apples, very dry something (Barry’s suggestion of herbs seems to work), heathery and somewhat cheesy (very light and dry) notes of yeast. Flavor is immensely dry, lightly acidic and very tart on the end. It’s quite funky and very sour overall, wtih only apple and pear skin like flavors, no real sweetness and a watery consistency as it finishes. Quite rustic and charming, I quite enjoy naturally fermented beverages.
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle poured at CiderDays 2010. Still ciders are a different beast and unfortunately, after having had a number of them now, I’m not sure they’re all that great - this one might be an exception. Big oaky and butterscotch aroma on this one, with some reduced white vinous character. There’s strong tartness and apple complexity. Oxidation brings some caramelization which some like, other don’t, I think it gives it a maturity. I’d like to try this one again with some more time and focus. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. The look is clear, light yellow in color, and not too much head. Some legs. The smell is tart, apples, and light butter. The taste is tart, apples, and butter. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle via a trade with porterhouse, thanks Kevin! Pours with a clear golden and still body with light legs. Aroma is horseblanket and tannic apple. Taste is super funky with dry manure and some light sourness. An aggressive take on a English, near Normandie style cider. Very light tinge of effervescence. Nice. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
( 750ml bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR ) Pours a clear yellow body with some legs. Aroma of earth, apple, band-aid, and mustiness. Flavor of band-aid, menthol, leather, light funkiness, and apple with a dry finish. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Gold with decent legs. Aroma is tart apples and butter. Taste is the same.