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Big B's Hard Cider Grizzly Brand Bourbon Barrel Aged

Review: Grizzly Brand – Bourbon Barrel Aged by Big B’s Hard Cider

Sweetness: Dry

ABV: 6.90%

Cider Maker’s Description

For over 80 years the Growers Trading and Supply Co. in Hotchkiss Colorado sold millions of lbs of Apples as Grizzly Brand Apples. Big B’s took over this location in 1973 and to pay homage to the Grizzly Brand we created a Hard Cider with historic roots and time honored traditions. Grizzly Brand Hard Cider is aged in used bourbon barrels, it’s unfiltered and bottle conditioned. It’s a crisp and dry cider that’s laced with woody vanilla like tones and finishes with the warmth of fine bourbon.


  • crystal clear, rich golden color, bright


  • very light, partial coverage of medium to large bubbles when poured disappearing immediately, swirl produces full coverage of small to medium bubbles that retreat to a full ring of tiny bubbles


  • cinnamon, oak, bourbon, hint of funk 


  • dry, bourbon, funky, oaky, hints of vanilla


  • mild astringency 


  • lingering bourbon taste is nice

Tasting Notes / General Impression

crisp, refreshing, good body 

Reviewer Notes

considerable sediment at the bottom of the bottle, not sure if it needed a good bottoms-up swirl before pouring

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Cidery Information

Big B's Hard Cider
Hotchkiss, CO

Updated: July 9, 2017

Matthew Ostrander
Matthew favors dry hard ciders with body and leans towards traditional English styles, and he’s also developed a serious appreciation for hopped ciders and creative flavor infused ciders. Though he prefers sweets in solid forms, he does enjoy semi-sweet to sweet ciders responsibly when the mood strikes. Learn more about our Chief Cider Curator here.