A Fatty Bumpkin is a cider offering from one of Maine’s Wineries, Blacksmiths. Listed at 5.0% ABV, this is a bit lower in alcohol then many ciders, which tend to come in around 6-7% naturally. I am not sure why this is lower, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I had a chance to sample their product on draft a few weeks ago. However, they also bottle their product, and my wife wanted to try it (she very much enjoys a good cider, having been introduced to it in the UK) so we picked up a bottle for dinner a few days ago.
Appearance: Crystal clear, moderate carbonation
Aroma: Apple at the front, with a slight mustiness at the back
Taste: Full apple flavor, with a nice acidic bite. Again, there is a hint of earthy mustiness in the back, not unappealing, but there. The cider finishes with a bit of sweetness. It has a light body, as expected.
Critique: Pretty good cider overall. However, I don’t think it is as good as Kennebec Cider’s. That said, it is better then most of the commercial ciders I have had. There is a nice apple taste, and has some nice fullness and acidity. Maine tends to grow acidic tasting apples, which I enjoy, and that is reflected in the local ciders. The sweetness at the back will also make this more approachable, as it is a nice counter to the acidity. Overall, I would certainly drink this again, and I know my wife will look for it on draft when we go out.
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