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B. Nektar Imperial Funky Monky

Formerly brewed at B. Nektar Meadery
Style: Mead
Ferndale, Michigan USA


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Simi Hendrix born Simian J. Monkenstein lived hard and drank well, one night in Belgium after a show during a wildberry induced purple haze Simian was mixing wildflower honey, tart Balton cherry juice and dry-hopped Styrian Goldings. The result? A Funky Belgian–inspired hopped cherry melomel. This revolutionary concoction was the inspiration for the mega hit ‘Funky Monky‘ sadly, Simi has disappeared into the French countryside but in his absence he has left us with an imperial libation to be treasured and savored. Don’t miss this its too funking good to pass up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4112) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
Poured a light pinkish color with aromas of light hay, some honey, light cherries, and a touch of booze. Flavors were light sweet honey and cherries, easy drinker that hid the abv nicely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 20.03.2013, 0,5l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Rar grønsaksprega lukt, rødbet, jord, syregras, friske bær. Sødmerik lett konsentrert frisk smak med preg av syrlige raude bær, sukker, "grønsaker", jord, mandelessens. Grei.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2013
0.5l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. Lovely blood-orange/cherry red color in the glass with a small bubbly quickly side sticking top. Looks really nice, and the aroma? Oh, my that’s a different aroma! It’s as original as original gets. Something slightly woody and tart, blood orange, citrus, almond cake and brett? What is this? It has a little carbonation, soft prickling but present. The taste is both light tart, sweet and red. Yeah it tastes red in a way. Wood, honey, red grapes, lots of both sweet and tart cherries, slightly astringent, well perhaps not astringent but slightly mouthdrying in the finish. A creation I’m really struggling to understand, but I think I’m kinda liking it. 20.03.2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4366) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle from trade with Sarro, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew feat. special guest star Hanne Frosta from Hanne På Høyden, Bergen @ BBGTC Mead Tasting, part 1 (we thought we’d do an all-night mead event but realized midway that we’d have to cut it in two parts, at least...too much stickiness in one evening... :-P) Pours a deep pink-hued red body with no head. Aroma is beet root, alcohol, grass and herbal cherry tones. Taste is peppery tart cherry tones with sweet syrupy honey notes in the back. Some grass and almonds. Smooth and full-bodied, with very soft carbonation. Very interesting and kinda good, albeit in a perverse kinda way - I find one half of my brain telling me that I enjoy this while the other half tells me I am SO WRONG in doing that. :-P

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4808) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Tap at Dexters. Deep purple red. Big berry aroma. Mellow and quite drinkable, some honey tones. Not much to compare it to, sort of like a quality mad dog 20/20.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGuyTWMore (128) - Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2012
First "Meade", thanks Lisa! Pours ruby with pink fizz; fun colors. Aromas are boozey cherry juice, wine (a little ruby port like), yeast...no hops! This one goes down like juice, half way through and feeling the effects of 12% abv. Taste is cherry juice, honey, mild hop, with champagne like yeast finish. Honey coats the lips, cherry the tongue; all in all pretty tasty. Don't expect a hoppy beer, it's still a Meade! Fun to try! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3006) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle shared MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours ruby red with a thin ring of bubbles. Nose is deep, dark cherry, lots of baking spice, muted honey sweetness, and not really any hops. Taste is the same--big pungent, sweet cherry juice, light baking spice, honey on the finish, and again--no sign of the hops. A bit of sharp, spicy bite on the finish. Not sure if that’s the alcohol or maybe the hops coming through. Slick and smooth with no carbonation. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2307) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pours a ruby red color with a small amount of pink head. Aroma is dark cherries and honey. Taste is very sweet, lots of cherry and honey. Very smooth. Nice alcohol warming in the finish. Very good melomel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10608) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
A hazed burgundy melomel with a thin white head. in aroma, a light kriek lambic with lactic cherries, sweet and smooth. In mouth, a nice kriek like mead with smooth light acidity, beautiful alcohol warmth, nice and sweet and delicious. On tap at When Pigs Fly, August 1, 2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5806) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle shared with vin. Pours a deep wine red body with no head. Aroma is cherry, light heat, light wine, and sweet honey. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of cherry, wine, honey, juice, cinnamon and light warming.

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