Stowe Cider: Dry Ice
Cider: Dry Ice
Cidery: Stowe Cider
Origin: Stowe, VT, USA
Color: Medium gold, clear
Overall Thoughts and Rating
At 15.5% ABV, this cider has more than triple the alcohol content of most ciders (and more than most wines too), and this high alcohol content becomes evident when you sniff and taste the cider. Upon sipping the cider, there is a bit of tingling on your tongue from the high alcohol content, as well as a sweet taste that is reminiscent of apples and honey. About midway through the sip, the alcohol becomes the dominant flavor, before giving way to an oaky, buttery flavor reminiscent of whiskey. In spite of its high alcohol content, this cider does not burn going down; it is actually quite smooth. Its high ABV, however, does cause the cider to sit heavier in your stomach, making it feel quite medium bodied. Due to the sweetness upfront, this is an off-dry cider. This cider also does not have much carbonation to it; it is relatively flat. Overall, this is a decent cider, but I likely would not buy it again due to how heavy it sits in your stomach. I do, however, appreciate how Stowe Cider is trying to push the boundaries with cider by creating such a high ABV cider, and for that reason, I give it 6 apples.
Before sipping, I couldn’t help but smell its alcohol content that is 3x that of most ciders.
It has a pretty small bite to it, but before the bite had a chance to fade, I was hit with a rush of different flavors. I guess it’s a surprise to me, since I’m used to regular ciders.
The main flavor is alcohol. It reminds me of a slightly sweet type of whiskey, but it's very smooth and slightly oaky.
It is a fairly medium-bodied cider.
The alcohol flavor definitely becomes way more pronounced as you keep drinking. You can’t help but notice the strong alcohol taste.
That said and as implied by its name, it's pretty dry (shocker!), with not much sweetness or apple flavor to speak of.
Definitely not something to have casually if you are looking to have a regular glass of cider.
Not my favorite, but a decent change from the usual stuff.