Stowe Cider: Bear's Choice with Blackberry
Basic Info about the Cider
Cider: Bear’s Choice with Blackberry
Cidery: Stowe Cider
Origin: Stowe, VT, USA
Color: Rosé pink
Our Review of the Cider
Julia's Thoughts and Rating:
Given the name, it is not too surprising that Bear’s Choice with Blackberry has a slight berry aroma to it. It is not an overpowering berry scent but rather pleasantly subtle. Upon sipping Bear’s Choice, there is a very slight tingling sensation, as well as a touch of acidity and a hint of lemon. After a second or two, the tingling, as well as the slight citrus taste, subside, and an apple-blackberry flavor comes through. The apple-blackberry flavor is not sickly sweet; it has just a touch of sweetness to it. The apple-blackberry flavor lasts for a bit before giving way to an apple-lemon flavor. The cider finishes dry with that apple-lemon flavor and some slight acidity. This is a fairly light-bodied, semi-dry cider that is only very lightly carbonated. Overall, I think that this is a great, easy-to-drink cider. I found it to be well-balanced, with the sweetness in the middle of the sip balanced out by the dry finish. The touch of acidity at the end also caused the cider to have a lip-smacking finish, which left me wanting more. The blackberry flavor is a fun, unique addition, and I think this touch of fruitiness would make Bear’s Choice a great BBQ drink.
Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:
First thing I noticed was a very distinct fruity smell before sipping it. Kind of reminded me of a rosé wine.
Usually I notice a sharp bite upfront when I drink other ciders, but here, it is very minor. What bite was there was gone before I really noticed.
Bear’s Choice had a pretty light body. Even after I drank over half of it, it didn’t sit heavy in my stomach.
It had a slight acidity that I picked up on about halfway into the sip. And despite it being somewhat fizzy when I poured it into my glass, I detected almost no carbonation when I drank it.
Now for the flavor. Even though it says semi-dry on the bottle, I got more sweet notes, despite it being a little dry up front. About a third into the sip is where I noticed the blackberry flavor. You honestly can’t miss it, because it lingers throughout the sip, with the apple flavor coming through the final third of the sip. But it took a backseat to the blackberry.
As I drank more and more of the cider, I felt like it got sweeter. Almost to a point where I would need water or some salty food to counter it.
Overall, I really liked this cider. I wouldn’t have two back to back, but I could see myself having multiple in a sitting.