SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at an impromptu O’Briens tasting by ??? (sorry, I forgot your screen name) Pours clear and bright orangey color - like fire in a glass - with no head. Aroma is very sweet, somewhat earthy with floral notes and a bit of funky B.O. Extremely sweet flavor, dominated by the honey, spice and herbal-floral tastes. A bit cloying imho. Smooth, full body and no carbonation.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Six year old bottle. Clear orange/amber color. Sweet sherry-like aroma with a nice floral scent. Flavor was much more complex than I ever expected. Honey, sweet sherry, raisins and what flowers might taste like if I had ever eaten one. Can not drink more than 2 or 3 ounces at a time. This would be nice sipping by a fire on a cold night.
jonas (6405) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Bottle
Dark Amber, long legs.
Spiced and wooden (oaky) aroma.
Slightly roasted, fruity and spicy. Sweet, but nor cloyingly so like other meads - the balance is right here. Fat mouthfeel. Rose aftertaste.
The first mead I have tried that I really liked.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2005 6 year. Pours thick. Enjoyed at room temperature. Aroma is honey, raisins, figs,pear,sweet.Taste is same though mostly just taste honey at first. then lots going on. What is so awesome about this is how damn SMOOTH it was. Perfect after dinner treat. Very sweet, but enough flavor to be enjoyed. Alc is present but def. doesnt stand out like other meads ive had. 2 or 3 ounces at a time.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like wesson oil ..its darker than that though bordering deep gold and light copper.The odor is meadowish almost like it has been strained through hay.The taste is sugar ,straw (wheat) and alcohol.The honey is present but the earthy grassiness really is the main flavor.Mouthfeel : it is syrup very cordial like.Great after dinner shot for sipping you really wouldnt want to drink a bunch at once.Its a little too cloying.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Thanks to John for sharing! This stuff cam be summed up with "alcoholic sugar", but we’ll go into detail anyway. Viscous brown body. Spicy alcohol, dry grass honey in the aroma. The booze wins this round. The honey comes out more in the flavor. Brown sugar, powdered sugar. Overbearingly sweet and alcoholic.
6/10/2007 - Upped the score from a 3.3. The qualities are the same just less annoying this time.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shiney copper brown... no head of course. Nice and pleasant sweet alcohol aroma... sort of a honey pear thing. Taste is woody and fruity sweet honey. Very sweet, but very good.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this was different. Pours a dark brown, no head or carbonation. Welcome mead, aroma is astringent, honey and cough syrup. Flavor is very hot, full of sweet honey. Palate is syrupy, with a sweet finish. Thanks to JpDipso for the pour.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark honey colored, no head. slick coat of glaze on the edge of the glass instead of lacing. honey and sweet vermouth aroma. flavor is strong honey, hot and sweet white wine too. sweet vermouth finish. 17%?? no way!
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From time to time some beer geek starts telling me I have to try Jadwiga Mead. I’m happy I was finally able to sample it at the Philly Gathering. Honey aroma, butterscotch and nutty flavor. Sample had a warming effect on me. Interesting packaging, perfect libation for a social setting.