Monday, January 9, 2012
Woodchuck Winter Hard Cider - Limited Edition
Medium: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Price: Complements of my special lady
Aroma: Sweet apples hide any oak aromas that I expected to find. It actually reminded me of the sweet aroma from Manischewitz wine in the similar sweet/ somewhat dry nose. There is also a degree of acidity clearly present.
Appearance: Presents itself like a sparkling grapefruit juice that loses its "fizz" rather quickly. Pours for a very small, powder-white head that is slow to form and then quickly disappears. A brilliant, crystal clear gold/ brass color.
Flavor: An overall sweet profile with a slightly oak finish and some hints of vanilla. Only a minimal amount of dryness along with a somewhat cloying sweetness. The bitterness hits about mid-taste and finishes characteristically sour or tart.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and smooth, this draft cider presents a "mouth-watery" effect that keeps you thirsty for more. Some tannins give it that wine-like puckering effect that makes me think of Manischewitz again.
Overall Impression: Perhaps I served this a bit too cold; However, this beer is definitely sessionable and is one that I would actually expect to serve in the winter time. This easy-drinking hard cider is another greatly crafted brew - I wouldn't expect anything less from Woodchuck.