crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottled on 251004, red labeled bottle no wicker. Pours dark ruby red, no head. Aroma is of a bottle of whiskey. Taste is very sweet honey then the alcohol takes it over, even smelling it when I go to take a sip kills it for me. Just a straight flat honey liquor taste, sorry Poland and my heritage, I poured it out, and gave the rest of the bottle away.
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This bottled mead came in a beautiful wicker corked bottle. I had been saving it for a special occasion when our good friend JSquire came over for a tasting. I thought it appropriate to dedicate this brew to him and enter it for my 2300th rating. Here’s to you Jeff! The mead poured a beautiful golden red orange brown colored transparent uncarbonated body. There were no bubbles and no carbonation. The aroma was simply amazing with wonderful vinous dark honey notes that were strangely tingly. An amazing fact about this nose was that we could not seem to get our noses out of our snifters during the sampling. The aroma is just magnificent and second only to the Jadwiga. The mouth feel was flat and thick with and oily feeling them BAM!!! the flavor hit in the aftertaste. The honey hits like a cannon. Very sweet honey aftertaste. The flavor was similar with complex notes of honey and honey like notes. Absolutely excellent. After a few sips the alcohol begins to come through and begins to burn slightly as it goes down. What a wonderful nectar from the Gods indeed!
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Transparent, uncarbonated and a bright orange hue with some gold peeking through. Honey, sweet and alcohol nose. Flavor was sweet, honey, some vanilla and some white wine. Tingly, dry, burning sensation mouthfeel. Medium body. Nicely done and worth trying if you have the opportunity to do so.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of a bottle with thedm and hotstuff. This is a still mead that pours a clear light amber color. This is a thick, syrupy liquid that heavily coats the inside of the snifter as I swirled it. There is noticable ABV in the nose with lots of honey and floral purfumes. Very nice sipping drink with lots of flavors that focus on the honey sweetness. Also oak, vanilla, flowers and sweet pit fruit. I didn’t notice specific black currant tastes, but there is a dark fruitiness to it.
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Thanks Dave! Bottle labeled "11-02-2004". It pours to a glowing orange amber body with nice legs. Very luminescent. The aroma is very strong and covers up most of the alcohol. Honey and nice white wines. The flavor is sweet white wine, sweet honey from an unknown source, pears, dry cedar wood. The palate is very warming in the back of the throat and adds to the stomach. Nice mouthfeel but is a little sticky. Nicely viscous. Mmmmm. Very good. Share this with a bunch of friends! I liked this better than the Jadwiga... 8, 5, 8, 4, 17 = 4.2
Re-rate. Pours to an orange body with no head. Very nice legs. The aroma is extremely complex with floral, fruits, and sweet honey. Extreme complex sweetness. The flavor is sweet honey and complex floral components. Really sweet and nicely textured palate. Really damed good.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber body - really does look like amber. Big thick legs. There’s a strong alcohol presence in the aroma but it’s a very clean alcohol - enjoyable really. There’s a sweet apple as well. Big sweet flavor - apple, sugar (brown and powdered) and of course of alcohol (but again it’s clean). The flavor isn’t really complex but it’s also enjoyable. The alcohol acts is a positive influence on the mead vs. being a detractor. Not bad for $9 per 750mL!
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden amber color, like apple juice. Noticable alcohol scent, not offensive to me. Very sweet flavor. Decent body. Overall, very interesting (keep in mind I’ve never tried a mead before.)
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dave for sharing.
glows an orangish amber color nicely translucent like a dark applejuice almost no head but some nice legs.
Highly alcoholic aroma lots of fruits and honey, fruit could be grape and pear a touch of medicinal hints. Palate if smooth and fairly well coated. Flavor is extremly sweet very very honey and more honey then some more. Some light fruits pear & apricot. Reminiscent of a sweet port wine. Alcohol comes through only slightly in the swallow.
I really liked it.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle labeled "11-02-2004". Clear, and very light amber with a pink hue. Very shiney and nice to look at. Especially nice in a snifter. Kind of a scotch whisky, with that pink hue. Very thin alcohol viscosity with some legs. Chardonnay alcohol and honey aroma. Pretty nice but not too complex aroma. Very (very) sweet taste of honey and light fruit. Sticky and coating mouthfeel. Nice experience.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first mead I ever sampled. Amazingly clear pour in a seemingly gilded light garnet color with no head. Very nice looking pour. The aroma is a dark current, honey, and an alcohol character, along with a bit of a medicine aroma, probably from the alcohol. The first sip leaves little of the expected alcohol, instead there is a sweet syrupey full flavored drink. Sweetness really sticks arounad and a tingly alcohol appears late and provides nice warmth as it travels to the stomach. Alcohol and more sweetness lending a floral quality, and strangely a finish with some similarity to the medecine Kaopectate, although lacking the thick chalky feel. Suprisingly, this does not turn me off to the drink, maybe because I always liked the taste of Kaopectate. Nice full, and very smooth, finish.