iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz. sample - Hop Leaf, Chicago: still, clear dark, golden with ruby hints. Strong, butterscotch aroma heavily laced with ripe apples, pears, sticky honey and an interesting earthy component. Maple syrup text on the tongue, with a feel of whiskey through the finish. Sugary flavours are most evident along side of the crazy stickiness which coats the lips and sooths the stomach. The alcohol is evident only in the feeling you get after a few sips, not the flavour, which is full of sweet honey, tea, hints of anise, and just a quick touch of soy when you aren’t paying attention. An amazingly complex treat.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hot damn!! Wanted to save this for my 1000th rating but couldn’t hold off. This was worth the cost and worth the wait. Had to wait to share this with Gasspasser and Alcoholist since we sampled the Kurpiowski together. Awesome. Clear deep copper amber body. No head at all. The aroma was sweet honey that developed notes of cognac, sherry, perhaps some maple. The body was thick and nectary, smooth and silky in texture. The flavor was ambrosia, sweet, honey, delicious. I’d buy this again and again. Shared with my best beer buddies, many of whom are not fond of meads, but it went over big time. Excellent.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW this is a mead. Edward (brooklynboy) has been sitting on this one for quite some time to share and I really appreciate it. Cant really describe what is in this thing, but there is this honey and flowers all throughout the nose and taste. Syrupy without being thick. Thin without being watery. Warm with out being warm really. Words just cant do it for me. Definately check this thing out if you can, you wont be sorry.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a thick and viscous amber. The aromas are flowers, herbs and menthol. Also a strong butterscotch note from the honey. The taste is very rich with sherry and some woody notes. The main character is the raspberries with some canned peaches. A warming drink, but the alcohol is well hidden. A very well done mead.
Frank (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK. This isn’t worth twenty five dollars. Well, it is but there’s equally good Polish meads available for half that so I don’t think I’m going to be buying this again.
Pours a thick brownish golden with insane legs. Nose and flavor are very potent--loaded with floral honey, oak, vanilla, nuts, bourbon and spice. Thick and pleasantly syrupy. Alcohol is very there but refined and palatable. Definitely a treat.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FIrst off, this is not for the faint of heart. Poured clear orange and no head. This is a mead. Huge bouquet of honey, wood, alcohol, varnish, almonds. Flavor is honey, cognac, vanilla, varnish. Really a sipper. Very flavorful but not for everybody.
jgb9348 (4994) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2004 Clear dark amber coloured body, very still with a nice thickish appearance and good legs (as it holds to the edge of the glass). Strong as hell aroma with sherry & liquor in the nose. Full-bodied; Super-sweet taste of honey and sugars with some malt and a great overall presence in the mouth. Overall, a nice mead-the first one i’ve really had. Damn good to try, and I thank Mike (the_beer_god) for bringing this one up from the south! Thanks to jeff (tar) for the help with the rating as well! I sampled this 75 cL wicker bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/12/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, obtained in a trade with JPDIPSO on RateBeer 11/1/04. Dark orange-caramel color with no head or carbonation at all. A very viscous, oily appearance with a different kind of lacing-- legs of alcohol like a wine or liqueur. The thickness apparent here is amazing, almost gelatinous in the legs and body. Aroma is literally breathtaking from the alcohol. A very big burn with nutty, bright sweetness. Very reminiscent of a fine sherry, harsh and blissful. Flavor is sort of like an apple brandy, sugary with big alcohol (but really, this is huge all over), deep with raisin, dried fruit, and a lightly twiggy touch. Absolutely terrific. Very full body and super velvety texture, coating the mouth and throat like medicine, bringing out tons of mouthwatering goodness. Finish is lightly drying, awesomely smooth. Very long and elegant, complex and subtle. Pecan, walnut, syrupy with delicious nuts. Amazing stuff, coating the lips with a sugary, sticky film. Warming and delicious. Damn near divine. If there were a hint less alcohol burn in the nose, this would be just about perfect.
ClarkVV (4005) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Bottle @ the DCMDVA Gathering. Very viscous dark amber-beige colored mead with a good amount of auburn highlights. Aroma of yellow, sugary, ripe fruits, brandy, sherry, alcohol, peach esters, more alcohol, strong honey. Flavor is immensely powerful; sweet and alcoholic, it tastes like a mix of cognac and peach brandy, with perhaps a touch of peach schnapps. Lovely fruit flavors and an incredibly thick, viscous body; sticky and decadent. To style, it certainly stands out as the best strong honey dessert mead. Finish is like taking an English barleywine and putting it through the eisbock process 3 or 4 times. It’s pure raisins and sugar. I must say, it still is impossibly sweet and alcoholic. It’s grand, but I’ll take a lighter mead any day.
Rerate, at Sunset Grille, 9/10/2005. Very educating to have this in the company of some other meads. What I find is that, yes, this is a thick, sweet powerful mead, but it gets very one-dimensional. Light brandy flavors, vanilla, almonds, and thick honey. A bit boring by the end, which thins out considerably. Abv is masked nicely, I will say. There were 2 or 3 other meads I’d prefer over this, though, even in the small sampling I did. Thick, fiery orange-amber-golden color is very viscous.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ the VA/DC/MD gathering: Pours a ruby amber, clear, with no head (surprise I know). Wow, there’s a ton of alcohol in this, as well as vanilla, port, sherry, plum, figs, honey, pepper, flowers, oak barrels, raisin, pear. Very sweet. I really would love to drink this as an after diner drink....however I have to take a few points off for the huge syrupy sweetness in the taste - can be just a bit overwhelming.