jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep copper/chestnut color. Big porty nose with elements of honey raisons, alcohol and more. Very thick, smooth, sweet, a bit tangy alcoholic at first then it explodes into a ultra sweet blend of honey, oak, sugar coated raisons and floral notes. Incredible tasting nectar here. Warming and powerful, you know its strong but not as strong as it is. I don't think of this as beer but its a fine drink and deserving of all its praise.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2004 port wine and honey sweet , Complex flavours of sweetness among a sizzling port wine finish,figs,plums and rasions, ---shared among friends way to sweet and syrupy
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Remarkably complex! Portish in so many ways, especially the aroma! Ultra-sweet, with a thick richness that’s far deeper than a standard English-style mead like Lurgashall. Will post more rating later when I have time. Excellent!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sticks like nothing else, legs adhere to the glass in sticky filaments, just lovely stuff. Huge nose, massive brandy, bit o' honey. Fruity liqueur. Spiced holiday ale. Brandy. Huge fruity burst. Has an amazing long finish. Beautiful mineral quality to it, like hard water. Like sucking on the world's best rock. Wondrous brandy. Sweet, lovely honey sweetness. Beautifully unique. Viscous, thick, no carbonation yet is glorious. Filling, like nectar, syrupy. Holy shit. It's really good. I mean, really, really, really good.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like no other mead I've had, hugely aromatic and alcoholic, some fig, port wine notes, can't believe this isn't made with grapes, touches of vanilla, maple, toffee notes... Just a touch of pencil eraser, something metallic that feels slightly wrong. Many thanks to Nuffield!
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A gorgeous ruby amber with no head. Hugely sweet aroma with butterscotch, maple syrup, dark berries, wood, honey, plum, alcohol and raisin. Medium syrupy palate with no carbonation. A nice, very complex, fruity flavor filled with honey, toffee, molasses, butter, cherry, apricot, raisin, plum, vanilla, maple syrup, clove, and other spices. It has a nice alcohol warmth but the alcohol flavor is very well hidden and not overpowering at all. It is hard to rate this in respect to beer, but it is like a much better version of the DFH WWS 23% that I rated earlier. It also reminds me of great liqueurs, such as drambuie and cherry heering, and I am really rating this mead in that respect. If I were forced to rate this as a beer and not a mead, I would take a point off for appearance (no head) and palate (a little too syrupy), but as a mead, I can't imagine it being any better. Excellent.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear bronze color Long tall legs on this as it is spun in the glass. Aromas of candied dates and raisin. The alcohol hits like that of kirsh off of a flambe'. Hints of honey attack the nose. Sweet smooth necture without the alcohol burn I truely expected. Flavors of maple syrup, honey, sorghum and a light oak linger.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 So sweet, thick, and all over my mouth from the moment it entered. Banana, vanilla, port...that’s just a start. So sweet it almost crystallizes in your mouth. A very fun drink and worth the money. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003). // I finished my bottle nearly a year after it was opened for the December 2003 Texas gathering--in October 2004--and it was good to the last sensuous drop. There was always satisfaction in the silky smooth palate, the burst of fruity that so tempers the note of honey found in more common meads, and the bouquet of an aroma. I will so miss it. Perhaps one day I’ll manage to have another bottle. In the meantime, I may have to buy a good bottle of port to recreate some of the experience. There was never a time I drank this over the past year that I did not fall in love with it all over again. Ranks among the very very best drinks I have ever had. Near perfect.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a thick orangish-brown color with no head. Has a very sweet honey taste, 3:1 honey to water and a high alcohol content. Descent, but hard to rate as this was my first mead.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just like a hot totti; and guarenteed to cure a cold. Not really a beer though is it--been then it again it is closer than Saki ;) Very smooth and warming.