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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
When the leaves fall, theres a chill in the air and the evening greedily takes hours from daylight, we stand strong and embrace the wintertime. Its a time of rich foods, roaring fires and our favorite sweaters. Drinks change from refreshing to intense and satisfying. The Mitten is a Winter cider, a blend of last seasons best, aged in bourbon barrels, with the new seasons fresh pressed apple juice. Straight cider, aged for 3 seasons, finds notes of vanilla, caramel and charred American oak, balanced with the best of the orchard, over-ripe apples and their sweet, tart, earthy juice. Many barrels are filled, but only a small portion, the very smoothest, will find their way into The Mitten. We love wintertime, especially when we have The Mitten to keep us warm and happy through the long, cold night.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1549) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2017
TW bottle. Looks like liquid gold. Plastic smell, apples, candy, white wine, bourbon and soap. Highly carbonated and bubbly. The bourbon kicks. Its sweet finish deducts from the booze, which makes it more wine than bourbon. Simply a good cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (2059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2017
As much as I prefer to avoid AB-InBev, its hard to turn down 750ml bottles of a delicious barrel-aged cider for $8.99. Pours clear and quite pale. Leans to the sweet side, with nice oak and vanilla overtones. Medium body (feels like its both light and airy, but with some rounded weightiness behind it), average carbonation. Overall: I enjoyed this immensely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (4091) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2017
On tap at Ellyns Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. and dispensed to a large snifter, displaying a clear & bright, golden tone, with a modest layer of white foam that reduced to a persistent ring and light spots of lacing. The nose was apple & skins, subtle spice, and light hints of barrel & vanilla. Medium bodied, the taste was similar notes, with seltzer-like effervescence, a bit of funk, tartness & dryness, and a touch of apple core toward the finish. Tasty, with better than average complexity for a Cider.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7449) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Sampled on draft at Tapped this cider poured a bright yellow color with a trace white head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was wood, apple juice and an earthy note. The flavor was flat, dry and tart with wood, earthiness and faint watered down apple juice. Long finish. Medium body. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (3002) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2016 Draft at Bru Craft. Crystal clear very pale yellow gold pour. No head but some fizz. The Bourbon barrel flavor is faint but the process certainly smoothed out the finish of what starts as a sharp tart lemon-apple cider. Good oak notes. Chardonnay grapes. More complex honey floral notes come out as it warms. Easy drinking but nice for sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (13426) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2016
From tap at CBC 2016. Hazy yellow colour with a very small white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, wood, apples, vanilla and sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (3408) - CROATIA - SEP 12, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016, yellow session. pours clear light golden yellow, no head. Apples. citrus, some vanilla, light sweetness, moderate tartness. Medium bodied. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Troupis (233) - - SEP 9, 2016
This is perfection. Pure perfection. The bourbon is front-facing but combined with the cider taste creates a caramel and vanilla blend of a complex palate! Takes the edge off the cider but still a clear cider. Perfect. Had at Morton Arboretum craft beer fest and now again in a bottle. Same outcome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26261) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2016
[email protected] Yellow colour, small white head. Aroma is apple, vanilla, some dry wooden notes as well as mild yeast. Flavour is dry apple, green apple skins, some mild sweetness to it. Very balanced, and very dry palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (3048) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Cloudy gold pour with a ton of fizzy white head. Dry and tart acidic aroma with some light fruit and sweet notes. Flavor is extremely tart at the beginning with a dry chardonnay and apple-like quality coming up at the end. Some subtle wood notes throughout.

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