My zombie apocalypse cider
Posted on 12/2/2011 (740 days ago)
1 Member Rating | Delicious Overall | 8/10 Appearance | 7/10 Aroma | 10/10 Mouthfeel | 8/10 Flavor
So as some of you readers may know, the BrewChief founders are huge Walking Dead fans, as am I. When the season two midseason finale was about to air, our home was abuzz with excitement. I wanted to pop open a new cider for the event, and I am very glad that I reached for the Beanblossom cider from Oliver Winery for that purpose. I had a couple ciders to choose from, but the delightfully whimsical bottle--an aluminum ''bottle'' with a colorful, hand drawn airplane gliding over a serene green pasture--appealed to me as a bucolic-yet-ironic counterpoint to our grisly entertainment.
The pour was also appealing, but not as striking as the package. The carbonation was light, and the appearance was a clear warm straw color. The aroma was mild, a whiff of apples without any unexpected or unpleasant notes (which, unfortunately, many commercial ciders are plagued by). An attractive appearance, but not necessarily distinguishing. The surprise for me came with the first sip. Typically, ciders run on the crisp, tart side of the flavor spectrum. But this cider had a buttery flavor, more like tasting a baked apple with hints of butterscotch. And the mouthfeel! What a great surprise. Very rich and creamy. There were crisp and tart notes, mostly in the backend, but the luscious frontend and mouthfeel kept pulling me back for sip after sip. The ABV is a hefty 8%, but the alcohol notes were muted. If apple cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream could be presented as a cider, it would be this one. So my midseason finale celebration was met with more than one surprise (spoiler alert: Sophia was in the barn all along--see the video below for an example of my ''no way!'' face). I’m definitely going to be revisiting this cider again in the near future with a good meal. I suspect the heft of the yummy flavors in this cider would make it a wonderful food pairing, and I can’t wait to do the experiment, albeit with fewer zombies.
Member Comments (7)
I can't stop laughing at the cat. "No... way... NO... WAY... OMG NOWAY!!!" This is quite possibly the funniest cat video I have ever seen! I really think we need more Walking Dead themed reviews. Or at the very least, we can start a "Your Walking Dead Night Brew of Choice" game.
Posted on 12/3/2011 at 10:44 AM EST
This is a really awesome cider, still can't believe how buttery and creamy it was. We'll definitely be picking up a few more of the Oliver ciders. Those aluminum bottles are just plain cool.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Walking Dead brews of choice! I bust open a... wait for it... wait for it... a Rogue Dead Guy Ale every Walking Dead night. Was that mid-season finale not unbelievable?! That last scene left me frozen in a solid 5 minute OMG cat face.
Posted on 12/3/2011 at 3:41 PM EST
I'd totally be down for that game. I already have a few thoughts in mind for the start of the middle of the second season premiere thing. Wow. That is a mouthful in its own right.
And Doc Sally and her delicious cider reviews. If I ever drink all the beer that is out there, I may just have to dive into a few of these lil treasures.
There is only one true Walking Dead beer ..... the Gubna.
Yep, I'd be down with that game as well. But I gotta give a tip o' the hat to the "Gubna" reference. Cannot wait for that!
Posted on 12/4/2011 at 5:32 PM EST
OK, I can't stop thinking about the Walking Dead brew game (hey I gotta do something to entertain myself during the midseason hiatus). How about an even more obscure reference for a highly anticipated character: Samurai Ale from Great Divide?
Posted on 12/6/2011 at 10:01 PM EST
Very nice samurai reference Doc Sally! OMG, I cannot WAIT to see these characters! My Sunday nights feel so empty now. Guess I'll have to rely on reruns to get me to February.
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