Brewed by Spółdzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
Style: Mead
Lublin, Poland


on tap

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RATINGS: 535   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2004
2-3 oz liqueur-glass sample at Hopleaf, Chicago. Clear, thick, light bright golden honey color, very still. Complex arom of honey, caramel, cognac, vanilla and almonds, so much and so huge. Powerful thick liqueur mouthfeel, thick honey/vanilla flavors with a big alcohol presence, but like cognac, just the right level of warmth comes through. This IS a bit tough to drink in any quantity, but it is surely sublime in small doses. The first mead I’ve truly enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
Golden amber-brown. Robust aroma of dark honey, apples, caramel, toffee, nuts (almonds?) & brandy. Luscious, extremely thick but soft feel. Rich, complex flavour of dark honey, apples, plums, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, licorice, nuts, & even a hint of peat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Brownish golden color. Lovely aroma of honey, booze, maple, toffee, and some wood. Quite sweet, maple gets you first, followed by some sugary notes, alcohol, and rounded out nicely by the honey. Wonderful mouthfeel, feels like air on the tongue, alcohol burn is pretty subdued, very mellow. Simply wonderful. Thank you for giving me a taste Mr_Kimchee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
2004 Mondial de la Biere Ratebeer Gathering at Tiggmtl’s. Still red/amber/brown colour. Burning alcohol aroma (even compared to Avery the Beast) also some sherry and acetic notes. Flavours of honey, sherry, and slight soy sauce. Lots of things happening in there. Very sweet, sugary, syrupy, and sticky, much like a liqueur. Very good. Another gem from Rastacouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
Soy-like honey nose with very strong alcohol aroma. Dark ruby brown and viscous with great legs on the glass. Fantastically sweet, honey flavour like a fine baclava. Alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming in the flavour, it’s just another player on the stage. Notes of sherry, peach, cherry, maple. Dances along the line at the very edge of cloying without ever crossing into it. Syruppy sweet. Quite sticky and liqueur-like. Definitie alcohol warming. Bottle (enjoyed at Mondial RB Gathering 2004 with CapFlu, CaptainCougar, jercraigs, MartinT, OKBeer, Radek and Rastacouere).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
clear copper. aroma of honey, maple, toffee and booze. stinming thick - as thick as dark lord. some fruity flavours, almost like a tokai aszu. some buckwheat honey flavours. very unique. nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rastacouere (6145) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
Huge props to Nexxus for another touch of beverage glory Very impressive appearance. A Dark honey yellow, reddish brown even.. Still, but when moving the glass around, the viscous honey leaves marks on the glass. Decadent cognac and port aroma. Very alcoholic and sweet. Lots of honey, maple syrup, burnt leaves. Light salt hints, clover, herbs.. It will only get better though, in mouth, this has an insanely thick body, maple syrup thick and still, so round and after just a few sips, your lips want to stick together, needless to say it’s very cloying. Flowery tea biscuits, cherry flavored licorice, brandy poured garden, sensory overload. Extremely is a weak word to describe the envelopping sweetness. Tongue-coating honey and maple, superb complexity. Drink this at the end of a summer evening and it brings the sun right back into your house. Glorious bourbon, cognac and even more so port like finish. Eternal fruit syrup aftertaste. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
Sweet honey and massive alcohol in the aroma...Thankfully, that alcohol does not carry through in the flavor as it is masterfully hidden by a regal sweetness of incredible honey complexity, so much so, that figs, cherries and peach syrup seem to be born of it as well...Mouthfeel is viscosity defined yet manages to avoid being cloying and just endlessly delivers its fruity interplays...A lip-smacking, sweet-tooth-nurturing, wonderful liqueur...Thanks Rastacouere!...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 Compellingly dark colour but missing all but the orange blossom honey. Not too sweet, an advantage. However, dusty metallic aftertaste. Perhaps it was a bad night, still recovering from a vinegary geuze the day before. So I will finish my cup another time and reserve the right to re-rate this. 2nd tatsing: Good in small dose as digestive toiwards end of heavy meal. Thanks Mr_Kimchee

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crockett (1022) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
Although I don’t know too much about meads, I felt one of this magnitude was an excellent one to rate for #300. I agree with Radek this is a really good mead. And on Oakes’ non chugging back qualities. The first four meads, at the tasting, stumbled in as honey accented chardonnays or maybe a rose. The Jadwiga stormed in like a port. A completely different animal. It is hard to compare Jadwiga to the other meads at the tasting (none on the site at this point). It would be like going from Guinness Draft to Alesmith Speedway. Unfortunately that’s how it rates. It is simply far more complex. And the style has no real gradiant between the bench-warmer and the superstar. 25 year old 18% abv. Extremely boozey, raisin, pepper, sweet, grape, salt-water toffee aroma. It smells very much like a Madiera. Bordering on cloyingly sweet, there is so much going on in the qualities of this mead. Cognac coloured with a zambucca viscosity. So much honey. Not the cheap stuff. Plum and candied everything imaginable. Scotchy warmth. Cough syrup herb medicine action. Some wheat and molases comes through. For something of such a high alcohol it is extremely smooth to the hot plummy finish. Insulin shots and pancreas exams for everyone!

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