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Brewed by Spółdzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
Style: Mead
Lublin, Poland

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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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It has very rich specific fragrance due to the addition of raspberries and wild rose to nectar honey.

1 litre of Półtorak style mead contains 720 g of natural honey. By comparison, the Dwojniak style of mead contains 610g/L of honey; the Trojniak contains 420g/L and the Czworniak contains 320g/L.

Półtorak mead matures for several years to achieve full clarity. In time its rich aroma hides a high content of alcohol (16%) and acidity forming the finest liquor there is.



4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2004
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).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6183) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2004
No head (still). Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is very cognac/sherry-like: sherry, honey, caramel/molasses, butterscotch, orange. Flavor is heavily sweet. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, long. Full body, syrupy texture, flat carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Ok, point one: the finish (retronasal aroma) goes on a significantly long amount of time. That's good. The aroma is strong, that's also good. But this is not the end-all/be-all of mead for me. The main problem is that it's so painfully cloyingly syrupy sweet that it's difficult to enjoy more than a few sips. Very fatiguing. Decadent? YES. Out the wazoo. Something I'd buy again? Nope. So, yes, this is very good mead, but it's not the end of the rainbow IMHO.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 Dark cloudy brown color without any head whatsoever. This stuff tastes like a port/barley wine combo. Pour this on your pancakes, cause it’s better than any maple syrup I have tried. Port, brandy, vanilla and faint dried fruit tastes. This would rate higher if I thought mead was beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
This was sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival thanks to the ever gracious Jcalabre. MAN does this have absofuckinlutely great written all over it. THIS is what a mead is all about. It pours a clear red and headless liquid...fairly uninteresting at first until you get closer...and closer..then BAM...the aroma hits. Heavy alcohol, honey, and brandy-wine fill the nostrils. Written in my notes, probably one of the most delectably sweet aromas ever. The taste is very sweet and extremely sticky as is to be expected. Heavy honey, vanillaness and creaminess. Like tasting oatmeal and cotton candy at the same time...very sweet!!! The finish is VERY dry...honey will tend to do that... some tingle in the finish... just superb in every respect!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Pours flat. No carbonation. Light orange color. Aroma is huge of honey, raisins, and some vanilla. Some oak as well as alcohol. Flavor is about the same. Very complex. Thick. Clings to the side of the glass. Warming all the way down. Full bodied and strong. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
(Wicker bottle) Pours and looks like cognac. Sweetest nose. Maple syrup, thick, caramel. Cashews and strawberry finish. Dreams do come true!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Wow, my first Mead. Sweetness through and through. Aroma is maple and brown sugar. Appearance is copper. Flavor is drop dead sweetness with maple and brown sugar. My palate stuck with maple and sugar. Overall my first Mead and from other raters is among the best. Truly bizarre.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Copper clear body, no head, leaves legs on the side. Aroma is sweet (molasses), brandy, maple, caramel, alcohol. Taste is Very sweet (honey), really rich, really smooth, brandy, maple. Finishes with a lovely alcohol warming. Full body. Definitely an amazing liquid -- I was an unbeliever, call me convinced!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
I was once a doubter, but I have been convinced. This is a truly special concoction. Thick viscous light brown body, no head as expected. The legs that are formed on the glass are something to behold. The aroma is sweet maple syrup and alcohol. The flavor is again sweet maple syrup and alcohol. The aftertaste is very nice, a mix of pecans and maple. The finish is very long and develops more and more complexities the longer you savor it. The body is a full as it could possibly be. It clings to your teeth. In fact it is so heavy and full that you feel like it is going to pull your upper teeth from your jaw. Wow. Truly special. Thanks a bunch MilkmanDan (and his buddy Brian) for bringing this one to the tasting.


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