11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Poured a copper orange color. Still mead, no carbonation. Aroma is of alcohol and honey sweet. Taste is sweet and a little alcohol burn. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Very pleasant. I tried making mead once before and now I know what my goals are. This is really fantastic. Aging helps nicely. Oak notes, not unlike a chardonnay. Very nice.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2-3 oz liqueur-glass sample at Hopleaf, Chicago. Clear, thick, light bright golden honey color, very still. Complex arom of honey, caramel, cognac, vanilla and almonds, so much and so huge. Powerful thick liqueur mouthfeel, thick honey/vanilla flavors with a big alcohol presence, but like cognac, just the right level of warmth comes through. This IS a bit tough to drink in any quantity, but it is surely sublime in small doses. The first mead I’ve truly enjoyed.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a purely aesthetic and experiential taste, lacking the comfortable drinkabilty of an easier brew. I’m glad I was given the opportunity to taste this mead and learn about its historical significance. The experience of sampling this mead has been similar to the transcendant lucidity of an acid trip, whereby you are miraculously revealed to the vivid nature of the Earth’s substances.....Perhaps, I’ve lost you or... you are completely enthrawed. Regardless, this mead is full of honey, vanilla, and sweet refreshment. It is deliciously smooth, insidiously revealing its decor of tastefulness. I reccomend giving this mead a taste if afforded the
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drew-LaPalooza brew #9: Very special thanks to Thedm and Hotstuff for bringing this to the party - truly a special elixir! This is some intense stuff! - it even smells thick; this could strike fear into the hearts of the weak! Besides the thick sweet honey and cornucopia of fruit flavors, I was most impressed by the spicy ginger bite at the end. Body was thick, oily and smooth - came pretty close to being cloying, but the variety of flavors kept it all together. Incredible.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden amber-brown. Robust aroma of dark honey, apples, caramel, toffee, nuts (almonds?) & brandy. Luscious, extremely thick but soft feel. Rich, complex flavour of dark honey, apples, plums, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, nuts, & even a hint of peat.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtl’s. Still red/amber/brown colour. Burning alcohol aroma (even compared to Avery the Beast) also some sherry and acetic notes. Flavours of honey, sherry, and slight soy sauce. Lots of things happening in there. Very sweet, sugary, syrupy, and sticky, much like a liqueur. Very good. Another gem from Rastacouere.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brownish golden color. Lovely aroma of honey, booze, maple, toffee, and some wood. Quite sweet, maple gets you first, followed by some sugary notes, alcohol, and rounded out nicely by the honey. Wonderful mouthfeel, feels like air on the tongue, alcohol burn is pretty subdued, very mellow. Simply wonderful. Thank you for giving me a taste Mr_Kimchee.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Soy-like honey nose with very strong alcohol aroma. Dark ruby brown and viscous with great legs on the glass. Fantastically sweet, honey flavour like a fine baclava. Alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming in the flavour, it’s just another player on the stage. Notes of sherry, peach, cherry, maple. Dances along the line at the very edge of cloying without ever crossing into it. Syruppy sweet. Quite sticky and liqueur-like. Definitie alcohol warming. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, jercraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drew-LaPalooza. Holy crap, this is serious, you can tell from the very first smell. Very dark brown, legs on the glass like a fine wine. Huge nose, spicy, ginger, port. Incredibly smooth on the palate. Thanks to thedm and Hotstuff for sharing this wonderful mead.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Poured a magnificent orange gold color, very still, no head. The "legs" left on the glass were kick ass! Sweet, buttery, caramel, and a light alcohol aroma. Taste of honey and vanilla up front, marshmellow, some pine, raisins, grapes, a lingering sweetness and barely any alcohol at the very end. This is truely awesome, a sweet apertif.