Frank (3469) - 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 isnít worth twenty five dollars. Well, it is but thereís equally good Polish meads available for half that so I donít think Iím 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 (5121) - 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 iíve 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 Founderís 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 (4346) - 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. Itís pure raisins and sugar. I must say, it still is impossibly sweet and alcoholic. Itís grand, but Iíll 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 Iíd 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, thereís 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.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Special thanks to cquiroga for sharing this mead when Argo came to visit San Diego.) I strongly hesitate to rate this on a beer site because I really canít compare this to other beers, but instead to a dessert wine, or more accurately, a sherry. I love beer, but my favorite alcoholic beverage is dessert wines, ports and sherries. This incredible elixir smells like a cream sherry, very sweet, golden raisins. It tastes like a cream sherry too, but perhaps slightly less sweet, and for obvious reasons, more honeyish. The finish thins out a bit, so this doesnít hang on and on like the finest dessert wines. Sweet, thick, dense, and coating palate, cloying for a beer, but fabulous for a dessert wine. No head, but obviously thatís expected. Instead, we have legs streaming down the glass like a fine dessert wine. Brown in color. I think I like this mead better than any beer out there, so it should get perfect scores, at least for flavor. The only reason I donít give this perfect scores across the board is because Iíve had a few dessert wines, ports and sherries that I like a bit better.
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 isnít 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.....canít wait.
hopscotch (10130) - 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 donít 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!