popery (1204) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too medicinal and sweet with too much clove, but itís interesting and there are some good flavors knocking around. Lots of berry with some spice, pepper and clove. Grapes, plenty of honey. Fairly sweet, which isnít necessarily bad but it doesnít quite work here. Itís really just dominated by that clove note. Deep reddish purple color. Quite clear. Mouthfeel is a little thick for the abv. Light but prickly carbonation.
JohnnyJ (3892) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear reddish purple pour, with a small light pink head. Sweet honey, lots of clove, and blackberry. Tastes like honey blackberry wassail.
Miked1687 (460) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to glass. Deep Purple with a thin pink light head. Nose is strong clove with spices and a blackberry finish. Sweet front of body with fruity sweet blackberry that quickly goes into big clove and a honey finish.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. Glorious purple pour that looks like black cherry jello. Non-carbonated but a lavender colored ring clings to the edge of the glass atop the liquid. Aroma of clove, honeysuckle flower, citrus zest, and blackberry fruit. Pretty congruent with the ingredients. Taste is clove and blackberry grape juice. Sweet Black cherry, cranberry juice cocktail, and orange flavors reveal themselves, too. The cloves numb the tongue a bit. Tastes like a nice mulled cider. I might try warming this on Thanksgiving. Would also contribute well to a sangria. I like the culinary possibilities in addition to sipping as a quenching after dinner elixir.
Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Mead has a great feel with tart berries, white pepper. Slightly tart with a juice look. Honey is complement to the mead than a dominate flavor.
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nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is very sweet and fruity with berries, spices, and honey. The appearance is crimson with a thin almost non-existent head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin but right for the style. Overall a great drink.
merc7186 (1467) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: CLOVE, Mild Cherry
Appearance: Dark Reddish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
Taste: Clove, Cherry, Mild Black Plum
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Light Bodied, CLOVE
caseyoharaa (7) - - NOV 18, 2013 does not count
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Simple wasn't for me. All I could taste was the overpowering clove. I guess you could call this a "Clove Bomb"
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep ruby violet with a thin pink-white ring of bubbles around the edge. Nose is mercifully subtle with clove cigarettes, jammy fruit, almost like a peach or apricot note. Fairly sweet, more tart. Medium bodied, fairly active, with a tangy drying spicy finish. Seems pretty versatile, like it would be good with pancakes or Belgian waffles for brunch, or you could sit around a campfire with it. Once again, well balanced, very drinkable, and not as weird as it sounds. Good.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
11/9/13. 500mL bottle from Grassroots. Clear purple or black/red pour with a small purple/white head that sizzles away. Whoooooaaaa clove on the aroma, berries and orange, potpourri all over this one. Sweet entry, a boatload of clove, way too much, hints at citrus. Once again, like a mouthful of potpourri. Reminds in a way of strong spiced cider at Christmas time, but with too much clove.