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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 510   ABV: 17%
We used fresh peeled ginger and raw Michigan wildflower honey to ferment this mead, and then aged it in rye whiskey barrels.

This is the mad creation of Ian Radogost-Givens, meadmaker extroirdinaire and partner at B. Netkar. Keep an eye out for his creations. He will soon be leading up our experiMental B-Sides series, and our barrel series.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle: Clear yellow-golden color with a few fizzy bubbles that disappear instantly after pouring. Aroma loaded with heavy whiskey, wood, vanilla, honey sweetness, & spicy ginger. Alcohol is very potent, a bit fusel towards the back-end. Flavor is straight beast mode. Hits the tongue & goes HAM on your palate. Heavy honey, spicy rye whiskey warmth, some dry oak staves, sharp notes of clove & ginger, & maybe a very small touch of vanilla. Super warming finish, robust & boozy as hell with a great deal of honey sweetness to try & balance... Though it still it slightly off-kilter. Warmth only brings out the alcohol even more. Such a huge goddamn mead. Certainly not bad, but the heavy alcohol can be slightly obnoxious on the back of each sip, & even more so in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tchaos (367) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2015
500ml bottle from b nektar. Pours light clear gold with a wisp of carbonation. Aroma of ginger, honey, and booze. This is a big mead...lots of ginger, honey, and Rye. Far too drinkable for the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (6111) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Obtained via trade. Thanks JohnnyNepal! Light gold pour. Still, no head. The nose is really interesting. Distinct mountain meadow, grass and herbs. Slight accent of brown sugar, honey and caramel. Definite whiskey character imparted in the flavor. Honey, spicy ginger and mandarin orange. Full body, oily. Very interesting. Nailed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle, pours a clear pale yellow with no head. Aroma brings out strong notes of ginger, honey, and alcohol. Flavour is intensely hot, with loads of alcohol, intense ginger, and more booze from the whiskey. Not easy drinking by any means, but quite well-constructed for what it is. Difficult brew to drink more than an ounce of. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (8953) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle - Boozy and honey. Clear light yellow. An absolute mess of booze and honey and light herbal notes. Like a honey liquor with some phenols. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1883) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
Very clear pale yellow with no head. Aroma is honey, ginger, hint of chamomile. Medium-light bodied, sweet and lightly spicy on the palate. Taste is ginger, honey, candy sugar. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle... This mead rocks!… Clear yellow pour with Monica Brant-like legwork. In the aroma, the honey component is restrained, but the ginger and rye whiskey really shine. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. The flavor supplies loads of ginger, sweet honey and alcohol, accompanied by only a trace of rye whiskey. Sweet, boozy finish. No noticeable acidity here. I would have enjoyed a little. Still, another world class bottle of mead supplied by biggsbowler!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting, 10/6/14. Thanks jackl! Pours a clear pale yellow with weak legs. Aroma of strong ginger, honey, citrus, wood, whiskey, floral notes. The taste is honey, ginger, spice, clove, mild whiskey. Medium bodied, hot. I was skeptical, but this is awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Draft and bottle. Straw yellow color with a white head. Draft was 100 times better than the bottle. Both had a nice ginger and honey aroma with an oak kick. The draft at the meadery was amazing. Killer sweet mead with a great ginger ale finish. The bottle didn’t have the ginger ale finish at all. Totally weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2993) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear pale yellow with a small amount of bubbles that rise and completely fade away. Aroma is not what I expected. Honey obviously but I’m not getting much ginger. Just spicy rye and vanilla. Taste is sweet honey mixed with boozy rye whiskey. Really just get a hint of ginger which is surprising. Gets very boozy when it warms but still doesn’t seem like it’s 17%. Well made but I’d probably enjoy it more at 10-12%.

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