Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 Compellingly dark colour but missing all but the orange blossom honey. Not too sweet, an advantage. However, dusty metallic aftertaste.
Perhaps it was a bad night, still recovering from a vinegary geuze the day before. So I will finish my cup another time and reserve the right to re-rate this. 2nd tatsing: Good in small dose as digestive toiwards end of heavy meal. Thanks Mr_Kimchee
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Although I don’t know too much about meads, I felt one of this magnitude was an excellent one to rate for #300. I agree with Radek this is a really good mead. And on Oakes’ non chugging back qualities. The first four meads, at the tasting, stumbled in as honey accented chardonnays or maybe a rose. The Jadwiga stormed in like a port. A completely different animal. It is hard to compare Jadwiga to the other meads at the tasting (none on the site at this point). It would be like going from Guinness Draft to Alesmith Speedway. Unfortunately that’s how it rates. It is simply far more complex. And the style has no real gradiant between the bench-warmer and the superstar. 25 year old 18% abv. Extremely boozey, raisin, pepper, sweet, grape, salt-water toffee aroma. It smells very much like a Madiera. Bordering on cloyingly sweet, there is so much going on in the qualities of this mead. Cognac coloured with a zambucca viscosity. So much honey. Not the cheap stuff. Plum and candied everything imaginable. Scotchy warmth. Cough syrup herb medicine action. Some wheat and molases comes through. For something of such a high alcohol it is extremely smooth to the hot plummy finish. Insulin shots and pancreas exams for everyone!
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, rich woody / honey with well refined alcohol. Rich, full flavored bit at same time superbly smooth is this miod pitny. True sample what real mead is about!
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden-brown, still and thick. Huge aroma - alcohol, brown sugar, peach, almonds. Golden molasses palate - ultra sweet, soft, very thick. Honeyish, almondy notes, mixed fruits. Wonderful sipping mead.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2009 2009-02-19. Rich dark aber body glints in the light and coasts the glass. (4+) Aroma is a touch boozy at first, and is a touch more muted than expected, light sweetness. Flavour is insanity. Ultra sweet, saccharine, simple syrup, caramel, mild honey. Simple at times but has enough rich depth to make it lovely. Alcohol is rediculously smooth. Richly smooth full bodied palate. Delicious stuff but got to be a bit heady by the end of an overly generous pour. 7/4+/9-10/5/16-17 Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
May 2004. Pours a brownish brandy like colour. Or at least how I picture brandy never actually having had one myself. With a swirl of the glass the pleasantly sweet aroma is overpowered by the alcohol at times. Flavour is dominated by sweetness, with hints of molasses or malt extract making an occasional appearance. Viscous and syrupy it continues to drip down the side of the glass long after it crosses your lips. Long lingering sweetness and while the alcohol is noticeable in the flavour profile, its not a bad thing. Quite nice. Thanks for sharing this one Kimchee, and for hosting this Mead tasting. Very nice, but perhaps a touch over rated. 7/3/8/5/16 - 3.9
flemdawg (520) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Matt for this one. A clear dark red almost brown body which was a suprise. No head what so ever, but there were reports of a single bubble in one of the glasses. A wonderful aroma of honey, a bit of wine, and assorted fruits as well. The taste was incredible, and not at all what was expected. If there was 17% alcohol in here, I certainly couldn’t taste it. Sweet honey with cherries mixed in as well. There were hints of the oak that this drink had been aged in. A wonderful beverage all around.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a medium sized head with no carbonation, transparent and a red hue. The aroma was malty, sweet, fruit (plums?), licorice and vinuous. The flavor was alcohol, syrupy, dry and sticky tasting. It had a syrupy, dry and sticky mouthfeel.
thedm (4852) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
OK, I had been holding on to this bottle for quite sometime. I knew it was going to be a treat so I wanted to to wait for a time that I could share it with my fellow RateBeer friends. After the Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004, BigBadBear, Flemdawg, JSquire, Hotstuff, and Silphium came over to my place for a tasting. This was our first brew. And oh what a brew it was! I carefully cut the string that went through the label so as to not damage it. I uncapped it and poured it into snifters for each person. Wow! What an aroma! It was the most complex aroma I have yet to rate. The bottle poured no head whatsoever in my snifter (unless you count the one clear colored bubble I saw!). The body was transparent and dark ruby red brown in color. The aroma was simply marvelous with vinous potent plum port like notes that simply have to be smelled to appreciate. The mouth feel was thick and chewy with a strong dark honey flavor that was smooth and thick and heavy. Wow! What a mead! Like no other mead I have yet to have the pleasure of tasting. Very very good and very very different. Did I say Wow yet? Wow!
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Matt (TheDM) for a chance to be with other Ratebeerians and sample this nectar! The mead pours to no carbonation, but still holds the eye with a beautiful ruby sunset glow. WOW what an aroma, very powerful and alluring. Heavy malt and bready nose with lots of fruit notes (raisin, plum, port), with additional aroma characteristics of licorice, pepper, star anise, ginger, and cask wood; vinous indeed! This is one to sip joyfully with a taste of aged cheese. Very long ripened fruit, honey, spice, vanilla and oaky flavors. The mouthfeel is full, oily, soft, and astringent. The alcohol is VERY WELL hidden. Count me as yet another convert to this world-class beverage, yummy!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing, Ern! Eye-watering nose. Clear, red-orange glow. Super sweet (butterscotch and big honey notes) and port-like with a rich, sugary softness. Nice, but a little too sticky at times. Complexly sweet and much more flavorful than I would've imagined sans hops. Alcohol was masked and melded well behind other flavors. Interesting things going on, but the heavy sweetness was a little too droning (ironically, a drone can mean a male bee that does no work ... which would take quite the contrary to make this beer ... er, I mean, mead).