Moles Black Rat (Still) Cider Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Moles (Made for them by Thatchers)
Cider Name: Black Rat (Still)
Region: Somerset
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium
Served: Pint at room temperature
Smell: Light rustic apples
Colour: Dull yellow/Orange
Clarity: Cloudy
Carbonation: Still

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: Cat & Wheel, Bristol
Date: 30/03/13

The weekend has been going well so far. I saw my nephew for his 4th birthday yesterday (and he’s loving the apple juice already – Great start!) and have been to see the mighty Bristol Rovers today, who had such a bore draw that you wanted to scratch your eyes out. Now it is a bit more of me time and to get on the cider. After a good few ciders already, I’m going back to having a Moles Black Rat (Still) cider.

It’s been a long while since I’ve had one of these and I’m going back to have another today, as quite frankly this pub didn’t have much better choices available. Although it says Moles on the tap, this is made for them nowadays by Thatchers. I think possibly back in 1998 when they started out they did it themselves, but they definitely don’t do that now. That’s a fairly common thing to get someone to make you a cider currently, as a lot of places (generally breweries who want their foot in the cider market) love to do it. Thatchers and Westons are big producers for other companies, which makes sense as they are 2 of the main supersized cider companies out there.

Well what else can I tell you about Black Rat? According to their website it is “made from only freshly pressed apples grown locally in Somerset”. They also say it is not pasteurised and is made from cider apples such as Dabinett, Tremletts Bitter, Yarlington Mill, Ashton Bitter, Somerset Red Streak and Brown Snout. All in all it sounds good doesn’t it, but with it being made by a huge producer, then surely they must concentrate it or something similar to produce the huge quantities all year round? I can’t confirm or deny either way, however it wouldn’t surprise me.

This cider poured a cloudy dull yellow/Orange colour and had the aroma of lightly rustic apples. It’s pretty much how I remember it and it’s fairly pleasant and standard for the Black Rat. It’s fruity to begin with and has a lightly bitter feel, mild tangy feel, low acidity and low tannins. It’s just so easy to drink really. It’s one of those drinks that no one can disagree with, but you can’t really fall in love with easier. It reminds me of the Thatchers Heritage, which I had earlier tonight. I would struggle to pick this in front of most ciders I like, but it’s a good backup plan. Don’t expect a world breaking cider and you won’t be disappointed.

Would I buy this again?: Yes, but not a first choice
Overall Rating: 6.5/10

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