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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 4.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Chocolate cherry chipotle mead aged in New Holland Dragon’s Milk barrels, sweet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle from umich03jm. Pours an unusual brownish maroon, with an aroma of sweet mead, cherries, and smoke--nice. Flavor is intense sweet mead, cherries and nice smokey presence. Substantial palate feel, complex and some alcohol burn. Finishes long, warming and interesting. This is a seriously good mead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (3036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle received in trade. Thank you lionsandbeer! Pours murky deep chocolate brown ruby red with no head worth mentioning but some very nice looking legs on the glass. Smell is sweet and very tiny sour with luscious dark chocolate, tart sour cherries, smoked chili, vanilla fudge, charred wood, high quality honey, hay, minerals and bourbon alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly sour, very fruity and tiny spicy with honey, high quality dark chocolate, chipotle peppers, sour cherries, vanilla, charred wood, moist soil, hay and bourbon alcohol. Mouthfeel is explosive, tart, tiny sticky sweet and near full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, tart and fruity with dark chocolate, sour cherries, smoked chili, charred wood, moist hay, soil and bourbon alcohol. Wow! this one hits you to the ground in an explosion of flavour. Intense and very very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle tnx to angst. Pours deep ruby red brownish. Aroma is bourbon sweet vanilla berry cherries a touch of chocolate. Flavor is as aroma, a very quick touch of acetic acid, alcohol, sour cherries and heat of chilies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3867) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Poured a deep dark reddish mahogany color with aromas of booze, cherries, cacao, and light pepper. Flavors are sweet cherry juice with some light sweet bourbon and wood with light cacao and light peppery heat in the finish. Amazing in every sense of the word.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
Tasting at Matt’s, corked bottle
Dark color, brown, with a red hue. Strange aroma, a bit coffeish, dusty (the chipotle); then alcohol, fruits, maybe mead. Medium sweet; weird blend of cocoa, tobacco, chocolate, fruit jam, with lightly hot finish.
Appreciated because unique, yet it’s well constructed, and balanced. Like drinking a black forest or another cake. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
375mL bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff), pours a deep dark mahogany with a few tan bubbles. Aroma brings out a mesh of elements, with chipotle peppers upfront, followed by cocoa and cherry. Flavour sure is unique, with complex flavours -- bringing out luxurious notes of cocoa, cherry and a healthy chipotle burn, with just enough honey sweetness. Elegant and complex as hell. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4995) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle purchased from Champane’s in Warren. Dark red pour with no head. Aroma of cherry, honey and some sweet booze. Cherry and honey flavor with pepper character before a tart cherry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1623) - - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark purple with no head. Looks a little like grape juice. Aroma is cherry juice, chipotle and a hint of chocolate. Taste comes in waves. Lots of cherry and chipotle to start with a hint of prune juice. Chocolate comes out in the finish. Not tasting the barrel at all. Medium sticky mouthfeel with no carb and a really long finish. Really excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Courtesy of umich03jm

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate cherry, lighter honey, some chipotle (probably wouldn’t notice it without being told), and a touch of alcohol. It pours a dark red with minimal transparency. There are a few stray pink bubbles during the pour. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy cherry, honey, and some faint chocolate. The finish has some light chipotle with a touch of oak and alcohol. It’s medium-full with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2297) - Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle: Crimson red & brown, completely still with no head. Aroma of vibrant cherry juice, sweet honey, light booze, a very mild BBQ-ish heat, & a touch of dark cacao. Taste is like sweet maraschino cherries covered in barbecue sauce & honey. Sweet, a touch spicy, & certainly fruity. A little bit of wood & some extra booze in the finish are the only signs of barrel aging. Strong cherry juice finish with lots & lots of sweet honey. Some of that chipotle spice lingers. A very tasty mead.

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