November 2014 - Ciders

This month's Beer feature is Cider
Ciders Reviews
208566
Fatty Bampkins
Cider
Golden yellow color. Bold, earthy, yeasty aromas and flavors of exotic apples, apple cider vinegar, sourdough peach bread, and sour cream frosting with a silky, racy, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium-full body and a tingling, very complex, very long finish revealing overtones of apple skin, earth, and Meyer lemon. An amazingly rich, complex, and earthy cider with incredible schrub-like vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208567
Fatty Bampkins
Dry Cider
Light silvery straw color. Bold, earthy aromas and flavors of leafy fallen apples, apple cider vinaigrette on mesclun, roasted brazil nuts, and sour cream with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long finish with accents of lemon zest and minerals with light oak. A dry, vibrantly earthy and mouthwatering cider with great acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208320
Tieton Cider Works
Apple Cherry Cider
Bright dark ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of warm cherry compote, baked apples, grassy earth, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish revealing notes of tart cherry, rhubarb, and hint of fancy French milled soap. A very interesting, artisan cherry flavored cider that will be fun to pair with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208304
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Sour Cherry
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish manifesting touches of apple skin and citrus. A pleasant cherry flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208291
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Pumpkin
Amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of spiced watermelon, pumpkin cheesecake, and prickly pear jam with a silky, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-length finish displaying nuances of white grape, white strawberry, and mineral. A tasty, well balanced cider with a fun melange of fruit flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208301
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Chocolate
Light bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of milk chocolate toffee and dried apples and figs with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, elegant, medium-length finish with nuances of chocolate citrus peel and spicy apple sauce. A very tasty, nicely balanced dessert styled cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208296
Wyder’s Cider Company
Wyder's Reposado Pear Cider
Pale silvery straw color. Bold, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy apple-pear pie, menthol mint, herbal tonic, and medicinal bark with a silky, racy, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length finish evoking accents of pear skin and minerals. A robust, wild flavor ride of a pear cider with a distinctive herbal mintiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208169
London Velvet
Porter Ale & Cider
Brown black color. Bright aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, rye toast, honeyed fig, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an astringent, interesting, medium-length finish that shows nuances of bitter greens, grilled apples, and coffee. An interesting marriage of deeply roasted malt porter and lightly fruit cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208354
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Cider
Light golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of apple custard pie, salt water taffy, banana chip, and soda bread with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, cheery finish displaying elements of lime spritzed apple slices, minerals, and hint of apple cider vinegar on greens. A tasty, nicely balanced cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208226
Stem Ciders
Remedy
Gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of exotic hops, lemon pepper, and spiced apples with a supple, racy, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish with suggestions of minerals, melon rind, lime, and green peppercorns. A racy, tart, seriously dry cider with a nice hoppy streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208302
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Mint
Golden yellow color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of menthol mint lozenge, lemon drop, and pepper with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, snappy finish. A fun, zesty, minty cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208303
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Ginger
Pale silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of crystallized ginger and apple soda with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of apple skin, baking spice, and custard. A very refreshing cider with a gingery twist.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208283
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - 802
Deep amber color. Fruity aromas of apple sorbet and honey with a supple, tangy, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy apple juice and skin, plum, and apricot finish. A fruity, carefree sipping cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208237
Montano
Sidro Italiano
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nutskin, mashed potato, and yellow apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with accents of apple cider vinaigrette. A zesty, earthy cider with nice fruit and easy drinking balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208206
Thatchers Cider Co.
Thatchers Gold Somerset Cider
Bright old gold color. Mild, yeasty aromas and flavors of apple bread dough and nutshell with a soft, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of lemon curd, earth, and caramel green apple. A nice English style cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208300
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Smoked Apple
Dark copper color. Rich, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked jerky, roasted apples, bacon bits, and white ash with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of smoked nuts. A distinctive, super smoky cider for adventurous cider heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208299
Blackthorn
English Cider
Bright gold color. Yeasty aromas of sourdough toast, schmaltz cookie, and dried apple with a supple, tart, spritzy, dryish medium body and an astringent, captivating, breezy minerals, lemon, and nutshells finish with dusty tannins. An earthy, very dry cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208235
Chaplin & Cork’s
Somerset Gold Cider
Bright light golden amber color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of dried apple, muddy hay, yeasty dough, and apple cider vinegar with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, long finish revealing notes of watercress and melon rind. A nice earthy, tangy scrumpy cider that will be great with cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208321
Tieton Cider Works
Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider
Golden silver color. Lively aromas of spiced apples, straw, delicate herbs, and pear yogurt with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish body and a tingling, carefree lemon, melon, hop leaves, and apple water finish. A dry, earthy, lightly hopped cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208292
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Barrel Select
Deep amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of brown sugar, maple fudge, and roasted apples with a supple, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of oak, molasses, tart apple skin, and cream with moderate oak. A strongly flavored cider with lots of molasses notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207530
Sonoma Cider
The Hatchet
Gold color. Yeasty aromas of sourdough and dusty dried apples with a soft, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a fast lemon spritzed apples finish. A nice dry table cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208181
Spire Mountain
Apple Cider
Bright gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of apples, apple blossoms, and custard pie with a supple, crisp, frothy, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying nuances of apple granita and melon. A fun, easy drinking cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208236
Chaplin & Cork’s
Somerset Reserve Cider
Bright golden amber color. Interesting, earthy aromas and flavors of apple cider vinaigrette, sweet potato, and a hint of dark turkey meat with a soft, bright, under-carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a appealing, medium-long finish that presents nuances of mustard greens, bark, pepper, and grass. A very earthy, medicinal cider that could use more carbonation.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208227
Stem Ciders
Banjo
Pale golden straw color. Inviting, oaky aromas and flavors of whisper of wheated whisky barrel, nut brittle, spiced apples, and musk with a lightly tannic, puckering, under-carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, odd, brisk finish conveying notes of balsa, pepper, lemon pith, and overripe apple core with barky tannins and moderate oak. A drying wave of wood almost smothers the cider, this needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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