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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
This barrel aged dry cyser (’size-er’: a honey wine made with apples) was made with fresh-pressed Michigan apple cider and aromatic Michigan wildflower honey. Fermented to dryness and aged in charred American oak barrels. Huge apple aroma is complimented by the flavor of honey and oak with a warm smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
375 bottle shared with the Tallahassee crew. Sweet, Apple aroma, slightly tart, very dry, very little alcohol presence. I can taste the Apple but it doesn’t overwhelm the other elements of the Mead. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours a light fancy maple syrup hue. some bubbles form on top for a few seconds. Smell is delicate clean honey sugar. Oak is vanilla and a touch of coconut. Quite a complex taste on this one. At first it’s dry cider and some acidity with the smallest amount of sugar in the mid palate. it finished with a rich oaky honey sugar vanilla melody. The after taste is baked honey coasted apples and vanilla. the feel is overall dry and a touch tannic. light bodied. overall this is another wonderful offering that i would like to revisit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1600) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Huge thanks to SeaBass for the share. We will miss sharing so many meals and beers with him when he is gone. A: a very very clear pale yellow. Still with no head. S: Aromas of apple cider, mild honey, and a hint of earthy oak. T: Bold oaky bourbon flavors. Hints nice fresh apple, even a hint of spice making it cider like. Honey is there as well providing just a touch of sweetness. Mostly barrel and apple though. M: Light in body, very very dry finish. D: Good I enjoyed it, not as good as some of their others but tasty nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2011
De couleur dorée très claire laissant un fin filament huileux sur le verre. Arôme a de subtiles notes de tonneau et de chêne, au nez, je note la pomme ainsi que la pelure de pomme qui donnent cet aspect unique. Le miel et fleurs des champs donnent à l’hydromel ce cote de cire naturel. En bouche, l’hydromel est comme décrit, sec avec la pomme qui donne un ton aigre et acide en bouche qui se mélange bien avec le chêne et une fine note de vanille.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Appearance: light straw and pure pressed apple juice. Faint glimmers of carbonation with teeny tiny bubbles clinging randomly to the sides of my clean glass. A broken collar of tiny bubbles remains throughout the tasting.
Nose: rich honeyed floral notes and key lime in the back. Orange blossom. Lavender, honeydew, cantaloupe, and mango. Like biting into a crisp cold apple. Luxurious. Cinnamon mixes with the honey – just a smidge. Tickle of spice and heat in the back – vanilla with caramel edges and underpinnings of oak.
Palate: not as heavy and dense as the nose implied. Fresh apples and white oak are inseparable. Floral esters in every breath – lavender and rose. Fresh cantaloupe and honeydew in the back of each swallow. Lightly dry finish with key lime and lemon zest. Delicately complex. Big middle with a growing big finish as she loses her fridge chill, growing dryer with additional spice and oak notes.
Final Thoughts: I tend to prefer my meads on the drier side and the Barrel Aged Cyser from B. Nektar was just what the doctor ordered. Honey has many holistic and healing properties, not to mention it just tastes good. Ferment, bottle, and savor. I’ve yet to have a bad mead from B. Nektar and this one is tops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10837) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Gold pour. Nice mix of apples, honey, wood, vanilla. Easy drinking and quite smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle. Purchased at Sicilano’s in Grand Rapids,MI. This is my first real try at Mead. Poured into a wine glass a clear, pale yellow color. The aroma is notes of both apple and pear. Sweet honey start slowly transitions to a oaky character. When they say dry, they weren’t kidding. Warming effect from the alcohol. Leaves long trails of legs on the glass. Overall, less sweet than other meads I have had but flavorful. Medium mouthfeel. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle from Discount Liquors. Pours still, pale straw-near water white. Super clear. Nose is curious. A bit of wood aromatics, faint straw & floral notes, light acid & apple skin. A bit of vanilla is noted and some funk. On tasting, it is nearly bone dry with just a suggestion of sweetness, quite austere. Medium acidity, medium-high level of tannin. Light vanilla comes through, but not really sweet. Overall a very curious dry cyser that I’ll keep working on to learn more of. Very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Clear yellow pour, no head, aroma brought notes of brown sugar, hints of apple, virgin oak with slight vanilla in there. Taste is a nice mix of oak, lemon, some hints of vanilla, touch of bronw sugar, slight apple, lemon, finishing very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2012 Colorado Mead Tasting at Armin’s house. Pours a clear, light yellow appearance with no head. Just a touch spicy, lightly woody, red apple, spicy honey aroma. Tangy, dry woody, chewy apple, light lemon, herbal honey flavor. Pretty tasty brew.

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