Aniela (3537) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep amber mead with no head. Honey, sweet aroma. Very sweet and nice honey flavour.
_angst_ (3443) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Kaj (non-RB). Pours clear goldenish red with no head worth mentioning. Smell is very sweet and slightly fruity with tons of honey, raspberries, rose hips, hay, dry wood, alcohol, raspberry hard candy, vanilla caramel candy, lemon zest, raisins and hints of dried flowers. Taste is extremely overwhelmingly sweet with craploads of honey, raspberries, dried rose hips, hay, dry wood, alcohol, raisins, dates and assorted vanilla and red fruit based candies. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, silky, oily, very tiny fruity tart and full bodied. Finish is sweet sweet sweet with raspberries, dried rosehips, dry wood, raisins and tons of high quality honey. Intensely sweet, deceiving and extremely tasty.
tkrjukoff (4169) - SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tnx to Kaj. Pours beautiful clear amber redish. Aroma is fullbodied sweet raisins rosenips raspberry fruity honey. Flavor is as aroma, smooth sweet and so good.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
800th RATING! This is also my first real mead rating. I thought I would start with one of the world’s best meads. Actually, it was the #1 mead on RateBeer when I purchased the bottle, but apparently B. Nektar and Kuhnhenn have now relegated this back to the #3 mead in the world. Cool corked 750 ml bottle with red wax, purchased 15 months ago at Bine & Vine ($46.99). Pours at room temperature a red - brown - dark amber color that looks almost exactly like brewed tea and with no foam/head whatsoever. AROMA of port, candied raspberries, dark honey, cinnamon schnapps, raisin, stickly treacle / molasses, with a noticeable sweet alcoholic heat. FLAVOR has much of what is found in the nose with notes of port wine, Red Hots cinnamon candy, sticky raspberries and raisins, maple, thick caramel and molasses, and some warming alcohol. Finishes sweet (more port notes) and with a lightly burning cinnamon sensation. It’s boozy and sweet, but with lots of great underlying complexity. I am admittedly not rating to style (as this is only the second time I’ve ever had mead), but simply on my subjective enjoyment of the beverage which was significant. I quite like good port and other dessert wines, so this was right up my alley. Certainly a sipper...this bottle should last me quite a while. Thanks to Geoi at Bine & Vine for procuring this rare treasure. (493, 800)
worldbeertaste (1735) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Auburn with a red tint. Smells of cinnamon, liquor syrup, nutmeg, cloves, Christmas cake (fruit cake). Full syrup oily body. Apricot, caramel/treacle/molasses or is it maple? Sweet sticky, sherry. Beautiful. So high quality, it’s on a quality of its own. Like drinking liquid honey.
JohnnyJ (4870) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from someone at the Stone Sour Ale Fest 2013. Deep dark golden pour. Lots of honey flavor, notes of berries, raisin, musty oxidation, and vanilla. Very sweet, and warming alcohol. Good stuff, but not really my cup of tea.
Martinus (3636) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warm reddish brown colour, no head. Aroma of walnut, warm wood notes, alcohol, honey, light fruity touch. Sweet flavour, honey, maple syrup, raisins and vanilla. Full body. Sweet honey finish, caramel, lingering alcohol and raisins.
Very, very nice, in a dessert wine way. Good to nip and savour, but wouldn’t want to drink a whole bottle the whole evening.
(From 250 mL bottle shared @ Oirschot tasting. Thanks for getting me this one, Tim!)
Benzai (9898) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Martinus. Clear red color. Nice aroma of sweetness and alcohol. Taste is incredibly sweet and alcoholic. No idea how to rate this, totally not experienced when it comes to meads. Not bad though, but too sweet for me to really like it. The aroma is pretty nice I think but the sweetness is too much. It’s like pure honey with alcohol. Don’t know what to think of this, but it’s not bad. Not really my thing though.
DutchDrebus (4663) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ benzai thx to martinus. Dark amber colour with no head ofc. Smells alcohol, caramel honey, cherry, sweet, wood. Tastes very sweet, honey, deep flavour, a bit alcoholic, some wood, slightly walnut/hazelnut. It?s great but a bit too alcoholic for me. Full body and warming.
KyotoLefty (7430) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 mlk tasting bottle. Hugely rich honey nose, well aged and mellow, oxdized like a sherry. Deep orange amber with oily clear around the edges. slightly thick. Big honey flavor, sweet orange, alcohol, flowers. Very full and rich. Silky, oily, velvet. Excellent stuff. Had side by side with Kurpiowski, which has a lighter and fruiter flavor. That one is easier to drink a lot of, and lighter, this is very rich and good for a small snifter, lovely.