DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The ultimate in overratedness. Smells quite nice with brandy, vanilla, alcohol, port, and peppercorn...pours a burnt amber color with no head. Its sweet. Its frickin damn sweet. Nice apple cider notes cause some tartness to try to balance the sweetness...but there is so much sweetness that balancing isn’t possible...its a refined sipper for sure, and quite respectable at 17%...but the sweetness takes away from its exquisiteness...and brings out more noveltyness...which just sucks. And watch out, this shit can double as a super glue.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is insane! Straight up honey look to it with zero carbonation. Crazy complex nose of alcohol, honey and flowers, oak, carmelized brown sugar and raisins, apple ,and vanilla. Nose was more potent then the actual flavor. Soft, sweet, rich, and velvety. Freakin awesome. Thanks for sharing Hopscotch. Still half a bottle left for WV / BC.....can’t wait.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 Bottle... This mead rocks!... Looks like a snifter full of honey. Smells like rich, clover honey, alcohol, dried plum, vanilla, oak and tawny port. Feels like honey on the palate.The high ABV is not evident. Thick, sweet, buttery and luxurious. No carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, wonderful finish. Sip slowly and don’t even try to convince yourself that you can drink a bottle of this alone. Something this great is to be shared among friends. This mead is everything that I expected it to be based on all previous ratings. World class mead all the way!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a rusty transparent amber. Aroma of honey, apples, brown sugar, mild wood, an an alcohol that will clear the sinuses. Flavor is a sweet honey, apples, brown sugar, raisin, and a mild smokey wood. The alcohol in the flavor is only a mild warmth and is far less then the aroma hints at. Excellent sweet long finish. Very sweet and rich. Crandles you to sleep.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Thanks to Nuffield for sharing this with me-it was amazing. Strong honey/alcohol nose. Flavor is thick with notes of smoke, alcohol, and honey. The mead coats your tongue like velvet. Absolutley lovely and fun to drink.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After trying a few meads at the 2004 GABF, I felt I had to give this one a go. While I more or less liked the samples I had at GABF, they absolutely pale in comparison to this creation. Aged for 25 years?! Deep copper/chestnut color. Clings all over the sides of the glass. Big porty nose with elements of honey raisons, vanilla, oak wood, alcohol and more. Very thick, smooth, sweet, a bit tangy alcoholic at first then it explodes into a ultra sweet blend of honey, oak, sugary raisins, maple syrup, caramel, and floral notes. Incredible tasting nectar here. The finish is dry, actually very dry. Warming and powerful, you know its strong but not as strong as it is. Yes my rating is hi, but I’ve thought about it and this one is truly awesome. This is one to share with some friends.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Still and thick. Brownish-yellow color. Aroma is sweet with honey and fruits. Flavor is all sweetness of honey, fruits, and raisins. The throat warms immediately upon swallowing. Alcohol is noticable but the huge ABV is well hidden. Palate is thick, syrupy and smooth. Even an anti-mead friend liked this one. Big thanks to wohlfs for the hook up.
JoeM500 (1907) - 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 (1741) - 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.