CanIHave4Beers (2911) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pretty deep, not quite blood red color.
The aroma is pungent and chock full o’ honey. I’m catching only a minimal amount of fruit in the aroma, however there are some oaky spicy almost tequila like notes to the aroma. Some limestone is in the aroma as well, but one thing is sure the thing smells huge and rich.
The flavor is incomparable, simply unique... far too acidic to compare to any of the dessert wines I’ve had, but I also know precious little about these wines. This is obviously far closer to a dessert wine than anything that I’ve come to know as "Mead" living in the Midwest United States. The honey is the dominant flavor, but the fermentation is very clean and the alcohol character, while noticeable provides a light spiciness and warmth as opposed to any real "boozy" elements. The raspberry flavor is subdued but ever present. The oakiness is mild but certainly contributes well to the character of the Mead. Some sort of fortified wine character, but this is not nearly as boozy or sweet as many of those.
The palate is absolutely huge, sharp at the front but also enormously viscous and mouth coating. The finish is long and the flavor of the mead lingers and lingers.
AndySnow (2500) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample @ SBWF 12. Clear amber colour without head. Rich sweet fruity aroma. Sweet honey flavour with some spiceness.
pepsican (1421) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
snoop doggs favorite mead sampled at brewfest. Amber, no head, clear. Reminds me of eating honey packets at KFC but with booze added. Sherry influences are real with this whoa.
Cunningham (4036) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber colour with no head. Fruity aroma that reminds me of sherry. Aslo a bit sour. Sweet and fruity flavour. Oily texture. Drinkable in small kvanta.
[Small bottle from Frykas Sklep Spozywczy in Old City Warszawa, Poland]
AndyReynolds (820) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Natifest 2012. Thanks to DrSilverworm for bringing it. Honestly, one of the best meads I have had. Smooth and rich with citrus and dark fruits. The raspberry in not hard to find. Awesome.
DrSilverworm (5054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in the wooden cage, shared at Natifest. Big thanks to radarsock for this. Clear reddish brown color. No head. Wow, what an aroma. Such a rich, raspberry honey flavor. Thick, big body, kind of viscous, but it works wonderfully for the rich flavor of this mead. Like nothing else I’ve had. Awesome, endless honey sweet aftertaste. Such a good one to share. Little hotness in the finish, but for 16%... It’s totally fine. Definitely best mead I’ve had, I think. One to savor, super-interesting. Like liquid candy.
b3shine (4465) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to taster at Natifest (thanked DrSilverworm). Looks good; reddish-brown and still. Smells and tastes solid; sweet, fruity and boozy. Mouthfeel is good. Nice.
Beerman6686 (3892) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally got to try this badboy, expensive, but with a try at least once. Aroma was of honey, raspberries, light cofee, and chocolate too. Flavor is toffee, honey, coffee cream and light chocolate. Lots of stuff going in here, hard to pick out all of them. Great stuff and worthy of the praise.
markwise (4347) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yowza! Just yowza! Huge thanks to kiefdog for bringing this one and sharing it around. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with pink highlights. Nose is a burst of raspberries to the nectar, honeycomb, and beautiful Polishness of this mead. Flavor is similar- the base mead shines wonderfully as the deep and earthy raspberries shine through this one. It is boozy and formidable like a fine spirit. Full in body for a mead and truly unique in the world of meads.
burg326 (3255) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this mead was amazing, poured an amber color, aromas of honey, flavors are honey, not overly dry, not overly sweet, spot on. This was shared at Markwise’s bday bash, big in abv, but sure didn’t taste like it, this was great stuff.