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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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This Backwoods Cyser (’size-er’: a honey wine made with apples) was made with Michigan apple cider and a blend of Michigan star thistle, buckwheat and wildflower honeys. Once fermented, we placed the cyser into bourbon barrels and aged it to taste. The finished cyser is full bodied with smooth apple-honey character. Finishes with a touch of caramel, oak and bourbon.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2012
Colour of white wine. No carbonation, no head. Aroma of apples, white wine (sauvignon blanc), light honey, quite floral. Flavour rather sweet, quite alcoholic, sweet apples, light vanilla, some bitterness and astringency following up. Finish is pure floral honey with a massive booze head. My first ever mead, and I quite like it.
(From 37,5cL bottle @ RBBWG 2012, Antwerpen. Thanks for sharing, sebletitje!)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
bottle @ RBBWG 2012 thanks to Sebletitje. Golden blond coloured mead with no carbonation and no head. Sweet sour fruity hinted aroma with touches of apple, pear, flowers and honey. Full palate; Finish is fruity with a slightly sweet-tart balanced oaky fruity hint and alcoholic touches. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2012
375 ml. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to sebletitje – comes in the most incredible purple coloured bottle I have ever seen, quite interested in this one since I have never had a mead before – clear apple juice with no head – very sweet apples & apple juice with alcohol is the smell – taste is very sweet, sweet apples followed by bitter honey and bit too overwhelming booze kick in the finish, in link of oak, low carb & slick, made me think a bit too much of apple juice mixed with honey and too much alcohol, interesting but not quite my thing

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Benzai (7316) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2012
Sampled @ RBBWG Antwerpen. Courtesy of Sebletitje. Very pale yellow, no head. Smell fruits, apple, alcohol. Taste sweet, very much warming alcohol in the finish. Soft carbo, medium to full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Appearance: clear light straw with yellow at its deepest depths. Some miniscule bubbles – hints of residual fermentation? Swirls with sticky spots.
Nose: apple flesh with a tickle of caramel. Mulled cider with whole cinnamon sticks. Raw white oak. Whispers of entwined spice and heat – nutmeg, allspice. Flambéed apple slices. Cooked honey.
Palate: sweet. Mouth-coating along the sides with pure honey fresh from the comb. Sweetest in the middle. Dry finish with cinnamon sticks and white oak. Cooked apple finishes last – sweet, spiced, flambéed, and married with oak. Vanilla caramel oak esters – warm yet cool at the same time.
Final Thoughts: quite a delight I must say. It was intriguing the additional character the oak added to the mead in a harmony as if they were meant to be. Separated by time, maybe?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at the World Beer Festival Columbia Brewers Party on 01/21/2011. Clear golden body with no head. Huge honey and vanilla aroma with some light apple. Bourbon, vanilla, and honey flavor with light apple. Full body with no carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4180) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
The aroma is pretty good but has a major fault it has plenty of sweet honey and a hint of bourbon barrels but it also has a funkiness that is bad. The appearance is yellow with no head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a bit oily. Overall this is not bad but has to many faults to enjoy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
strong and flavorful. the taste of apple and bourbon oak gives it nice rustic flavor. very sweet and very alcoholic drink with caution.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8019) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold. Nose/taste of honey, McIntosh apples, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Medium body. Smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, apple and honey. Clear pale yellow hue. Very sweet and boozy. A great mead that will kick your ass.


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