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B. Nektar Dark Dark Goose



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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Dark Dark Goose The Inspiration We approached this mead with inspiration from the imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels we love so much. These stouts have a small percentage of dark roasted barley that gives the burnt toasty flavors. But they also have a lot of malt background. We decided to see if we could approach a mead in the same way. The Coffee We took a field trip to Chazzano Coffee Roasters in Ferndale, MI to meet with founder and coffee expert, Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo. As usual, Frank pulled out all the stops and soon we had about a dozen french presses of different coffees roasted to different levels. We evaluated each one for a couple of hours until we had just the right combination. We eventually settled on a blend of 75% Nicaragua Maragogype Superior Las Segovias (French roast), and 25% Yemen Mocca San’ani (full city roast). For a full explanation of the roasts, Chazzano’s website has an excellent explanation. The Honey We wanted the honey profile to be as rich and complex as the coffee we selected, so we eventually settled on a 50/50 blend of Wildflower and Buckwheat honey. Each was sourced in its raw form from beekeepers in Michigan. The Barrels After fermentation, the mead was aged in a bourbon barrel. In October of 2011 our co-founder, Brad, drove his piece of junk car to Chicago to meet with the head of Goose Island’s barrel program. He returned with a coveted barrel (on the roof of his car) that was used to age their Bourbon County Stout. We then aged the coffee mead in this barrel until the summer of 2012. Welcome, the Dark Dark Goose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tchaos (231) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2015
375ml bottle. Pours clear tan. Aroma of coffee, vanilla, and booze. Taste is coffee forward, medium body, with Honey and barrel characteristics. My favorite coffee mead to date.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4240) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Poured a brownish red color with aromas of booze, vanilla, light earth with coffee and chocolate and a touch of sweetness. Flavors are coffee, booze, vanilla, light earth and some light honey. This is one hell of a barrel aged mead liked the concept and it did not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
outlawskies (454) - - NOV 7, 2014
Julie says very very wow and boozey um it is very sweet may not have aged well not as coffee as she thought it would be she gives a 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (7108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
500 ml bottle shared by TheAlum or some other goofball up in my room at RBSG. Pours a clear reddish color with no head. Big bourbon throughout this one, with cherry, oak, toast, brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, and honey. Very warming and boozy. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a coating mouthfeel. Decadent. My kind of thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3500) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 26, 2014
808s n FartRates review #10, courtesy of course of the Alum
Pours still with a dark purple color.
The aroma is very coffee and vanilla forward with lots of sweet berries and bourbon.

The flavor is strikingly akin to Bourbon County Stout, but of course with some of those fun fruity mead-y notes of blackberry & honey. The roastiness of the coffee is fantastic here though and the coffee is very well presented.

way cool

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcnielsen (2399) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle shared at RBSG. Pours a hazy brown color with white head. Coffee, bourbon, with sweet fruit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Thanks, Adam. Light brown pour. No carbonation. Intense coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Some maple and brown sugar to it as well. Tastes a lot like a White Russian, or at the very least Kaluha. Tons of creamed coffee, chocolate, and sweet brown sugar. Slight booze on the finish. I can dig it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
I am not sure just what in the hell people like about B Nektar but I am very much not into their novelty garbage myself. This is a coffee mead and that is very obviously stupid. It pours an amber color and tastes pretty much like cold coffee with a touch of honey and is overall just thick and heavy and hard to drink. It seems to me someone should have stepped in at B Nektar early on in the planning process and shef this nonsense. That did not happen and I ended up drinking it. Shame on them and shame on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7799) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Taste from a bottle at RBSG. Dark red brown color. Minimal head. Awesome coffee, vanilla barrel influence in the aroma. Bigger, kind of slick body. Very light if any carbonation. Good long chocolate coffee aftertaste. Moderate to bigger sweet taste. Pretty sweet. But awesome coffee chocolate honey aroma. Very nice smelling stuff to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9662) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle @ the peteing zoo. Pours a deep brown appearance with no head. Burnt roasty bourbon aroma with some apple notes. Goopy sweet, thick caramel apple, a bit smoky, sweet honey flavor. Kind of boozy. Interesting.

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