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Steel Town – PORRO!

Steel Town – PORRO!

Cider Profile:

Name: Steel Town – PORRO!
Sampled August 2021

Brand: Steel Town Cider Co.
Type: Apple – barrel-aged
Location of Brewing: Hamilton, ON
ABV: 6.2%
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Ingredients: N/A
Gluten Free: Yes
Sugar Content: N/A

Size(s) available: 750ml (bottle)
Availability: Steel Town online and retail store
Flavour: Apple and Pear
Colour:  Cloudy neon yellow
Carbonation: Medium frequently streaming.
Foams greatly upon pouring

Cider Crate Tasting Notes:

Smell: Very strong aroma. Heavy funk and cellaring. Acidity and astringency. Mature apples, including crab apple notes.
Initial Taste: Heavy bite from carbonation and acidity. Quickly astringency and harsh note forward. Bittersharp apples that taste aged.
After Taste: Once acidity weakens, some dank pear comes through. Cellar notes linger.
On ice: Carbonation reduced. Slightly smoother overall.

Additional Notes: Steel Town’s PORRO! is a very old-world inspired sidra made with both apple and pear. A very fermentation, barreling-focused cider, it’s about the processes and not as much the fruits which act mostly as a canvas to showcase these harsher, funkier flavours. Heavy on carbonation, it will probably foam over on you as it did us. The apples taste aged and mature, while the pear comes through rather dank and farmhouse near the finish. A funky, sour and intense offering, it’s a niche crowd cider. 

Rated on a scale of 1-5
Sweet – 1
Sour – 4.5
Crisp – 1.5
Dry – 4.5
Fruity – 2.5

Next recommendations:
More Sweet – Shale Ridge – Pear Apple Cider
More Sour – 
More Dry – 
More Crisp – Twin Pines – Traditional Apple-Pear Cider

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