Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This mead poured a clean, yellow body. The scent was sweet and spicy; thick with honey, cherries and wood. The taste was again, honey but with a nice finish of bourbon and citrus - almost like candy this one was. Must track down some more of these.
Martinus (4385) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!)
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Benzai (12811) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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?
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
strong and flavorful. the taste of apple and bourbon oak gives it nice rustic flavor. very sweet and very alcoholic drink with caution.
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold. Nose/taste of honey, McIntosh apples, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Medium body. Smooth.