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B. Nektar Cranberry Melomel

B. Nektar Cranberry Melomel
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Only 20 gallons of this Cranberry Melomel (Batch 58) were made in January, 2010 (a melomel is a mead made with fruit). Orange blossom honey was fermented with 30 pounds of whole cranberries for a wonderful tart balance. Then we aged the mead on some orange zest to bring out the citrus-like character of the honey. The aroma is very complex with cranberry, honey and hints of citrus. The flavor doesnít disappoint with tart cranberry up front followed by citrus-laden honey. This mead is also incredibly gorgeous in the glass with a striking pinkish-orange hue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Smell is light honey. Taste is light honey with a spritz of cranberry and lemon. More tart and sour than sweet. Light body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tchaos (428) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours off pink with mild carbonation. Aroma of sweet cranberry. Taste is a nice sweet/tart balance with cranberries and honey. E celebs melomel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 Bottle: Hazy, pink grapefruit hued with a fizzling white foam that turns into the thinnest collar imaginable. Aroma is quite fruity & pretty nice. Smells like Sweet-tarts or Pez candy. Has that sugary sweetness with fruity notes of cranberry & some strong strawberry. Light floral, leafy notes with some sweet, moderately boozy honey lingering towards the finish. Taste is a little more boozy & honey forward but still has a nice berry sweetness present. Tart berry finish after the honey fades. Drier than expected, some lasting boozy warmth in the throat in the aftertaste with hints of clover honey. Unique, tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Courtesy of umich03jm Bottle: The aroma consists of cranberry, sweet tarts, and light honey. It pours a transparent dull pink with a small white head that fades to nothing almost instantly. The flavor starts light-moderate cranberries and light honey. The finish has light sweet tarts, wood, and a hint of alcohol. It?s light-medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3493) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Tap at the 2014 Spring Mead Fest. Pours a cloudy light pink color with a few tiny bubbles rising up. Aroma is cranberries, sugar candy, and flowers. Tastes like cranberry kool-aid. Moderately sweet cranberries and honey. Nice flowers in the finish with a little lemon tartness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Pours a very light pink golden hue. Still. Smells of tart crasins with a mild honey sweetness. Citrus indeed. Kinda smells like gatorade rain. Taste is a semi sweet tart cranberry with a mild citrus honey. Itís sweet but a bit acidic and a hint bitter in the finish Overall very tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours the color of a Provencal Rose. Aroma is utterly amazing. Honeysuckles and jasmine seem to dominate, with hints of orange blossom and slight citrus notes. Flavor is a melange of citrus, cranberries, a waxy honey note, finishing with a slight, albeit pleasant astringency. Simply one of the best meads I have tasted in quite some time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bottle purchased at some store in Michigan. Pinkish orange color with no carbonation and moderate legs. Aroma of cranberry, honey and citrus. Sweet honey flavor to start, then drying out to citrus and cranberry wine before a semi-sweet finish. Not as dry as I was expecting, and thatís a good thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Thanks to MeadMe for the share. Pours a somewhat pink yellow. Nose is honey, dry mead, and hints of berry and some dry cranberry flavor. Flavor is similar- dry mead, light honey, and cranberries. I would love this mead with Thanksgiving dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Pours orange with pink undertones. Strong earthy berry aromas with a hint of heat. Mild citrus and wonderful fresh honey. The flavor is great, more suited for a fall evening than a hot summer night but itís spot on cranberry. Nice and tart cranberry with hints of earthy skin. The honey component is forward yet it manages to mingle just below the berry. Subtle citric notes as well. It is a nice dry mead, with a nice tartness that really bites in the finish.

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