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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A sparkling session mead made with honey, blackberry, clove and orange zest.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1999) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2014
The appearance had a black color with quick less than half a centimeterís worth of head that barely lasts and what is left concaves at the edges. More than enough bubbles clinging to the sides. The smell had blackberries, cloves and orange zest combined wonderfully, The taste was sweet but still had a nice spicy/zestiness to make it seem balanced over the tastebuds. Sweet and spicy aftertaste and it doesnít have any finish whatsoever. On the palate, it wasnít as harsh as I thought it was going to be as thereís an even somewhat smoothness invading delicately over the palate. Overall, this is the best mead Iíve had to date, though I still donít understand why meads are considered "beers" on this website.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiiruBierBeer (104) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2014
Wow, what an interesting mead this is! Cinnamon and clove smell. Berry and clove taste with hibiscus tea. Odd, but oddly enjoyable!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (191) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle poured into tulip glass. Dark red almost black. Nose of blackberry and cloves. Tastes strongly of blackberry with orange zest and clove notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2014
Dark ruby pour with a 1 finger, creamy light purple head. Aroma is big on blackberry, delicate floral notes, clove spice and some perfumey floral notes. Flavor is blackberry and clove up front, then orange peel, perfumey floral notes and some light honey notes. Medium body, juicy entry, light acidity, light blanketing carbonation. The whole thing is a bit like potpourri, but in a very tasty, very enjoyable way.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (182) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours a very dark ruby, almost coagulated blood in color. A small head on a vigorous pour quickly recedes. The nose is of blackberries and light spice (clove). The mouthfeel is light, as it should be, but manages to be smooth and almost slick. The flavor profile is outstanding - complex, but balanced, and bursting in flavor. It begins with a burst of sweet blackberry which rides over a honey sweetness. It then progresses to a bit of tartness over a mild clove. The finish is smooth, yet a bit dry, and leaves you with a lingering flavor that is all encompassing. Outstanding is the only way to describe this 6% sparkling mead.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark cherry red. Aroma is dark red berry. Near med body. Flavor is dark berry and clove notes. Different. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6441) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours purple brown with no head and a honey aroma. There is a blackberry and honey flavor with adry finish. Fun to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6861) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle pours with a deep dark rosy body that has a small pink-ish head. The aroma is full of sweet berry fruit goodness that has some tart tannins and is smoothed out by sweet rich honey notes. The taste is similar with a pleasing fresh fruity load of berries that pick up a bit of an earthy berry skin note mixed with honey sweetened clove spiciness. To midway it develops some mild tannin tartness kept in check by the slick smooth honey sweetness. Dandy stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2235) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3/20/2014. 500 ml. bottle. Pours dark red with no head. Light carbonation. Aromas of blackberries, and funky yeast. Refreshing blackberry flavors up front with spices setting in. A bit dry finish. Interesting mead.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1420) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2014
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Pour is translucent purple with no head. Aroma is honey, blackberries, citrus peel, and spice. Flavor is similar but a bit sweeter with the honey and blackberries overpowering everything.


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