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Brewed by Spółdzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
Style: Mead
Lublin, Poland

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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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.



4.5
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
HUGE thanks to MilkManDan for bringing this and his friend Brian for buying it! I didn't plan this as #700, it just ended up this way. WOW! The aroma is knockout. Huge sweetened honey and brown sugar on this reddish bombshell. Definite alcohol and honey with a sugary sweet stickiness round out the taste. There is a very maple syrup like flavor there as well and almost caramel. However, this is damn smooth. Easy to drink and easily the best mead I've ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Wow- what a strange and tasty concoction. Had a surprisingly brown body with no head. Honey and soy explode both in the aroma and the flavor. In many ways this reminds me of the strong Sam Adams beers (Millenium and Utopias) in that the honey character is somewhat similar to the maple syrup character in those beers. However, Apis Jadwiga is a much smoother drink, and the alcohol, though warming, blended nicely with the thick honey and wood flavors. I also noted a touch of tobacco or raisin in the body. The most interesting thing about this mead was the short "lag time" between the liquid hitting the tongue and the flavor developing on the palate. Thanks hopsrus for the rare chance to try a gem like this!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joet (2052) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 29, 2003
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!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2003
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.


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