(1) Tap pour at the Burgundian in Seattle, at an Eden & Alpenfire tasting event before Cider Summit Seattle 2015. Double rum barrel aged blackberry cider. This is their Calypso cider but rum barrel aged for four instead of two months and with double the blackberries. Draft-only.
Middle of the road sweetness. Berry with a touch of wood scent. Lovely berry hue. Fruity, moderately tart, with a hint of barrel influence. Very tasty! It had more complexity than your average fruity cider, which I really enjoyed. There haven’t been too many fruity ciders I’ve been impressed with, but this is one. Apocalypso is probably a tie with Spark! for my favorite Alpenfire cider so far.
(2) They made another batch, even better this time. I tried it at an Alpenfire event at Schilling Cider House. Its slightly sweeter (they added more blackberry puree). I also found it more oaky.
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2015