JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is amazing. Complexity is through the roof. Most striking thing was the difference in flavors throughout the tasting. We poured good sized glasses and let them sit, tasting them periodically. At one point it was pure alcoholic prune juice, another it was light fuzzy peach liquor, I even tasted some anice at one stage. We got crazy with it and even mixed it with Three Floyds Dark Lord and some Kriek and Gueuze, none mixed well, though.
jaymobrown (1678) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Apple juice looking. Really sweet and alcoholic aroma. Very syrupy, thick, type of sherry or brandy liquor. Sweet. Some apricot, plums, raisin flavors. Kinda like cough syrup. Thanks to M500 for the hookup!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full of honey, just jammed full of honey, with lots of alcohol. Flavor is way sweet, but not quite cloying. Too sweet for more than a few sips, and that sweetness is holding me back from rating it too high. Still good, and very very different.
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.
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.
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 (2411) - 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.
egajdzis (5365) - 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.
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.
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.