Dfonorow (1749) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Vintage. Bottle #80. Pour is deep, blood red. Aroma is of sweet cherries, dark currants, black cherries, and just a slight hint of booze. Taste is of slight booze at the front and transitions into a fantastic sweet dark cherry body and finish. Alcohol is masked very well. This is by far the best mead Iíve ever had, the blend of fruits is perfect.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle #69, whatís up? 2011 vintage purchased from the meadery. Pours an absolutely still deep red/purple in color. Nose is a bouquet of goodness. Dark berries in the form of cherry, blackberry, black currant, and some booze. Itís so inviting, I donít want to finish my glass because I want to keep smelling it. The flavor doesnít disappoint either, it starts out sweet, but isnít in the least bit cloying. It starts off with cherry and cinnamon and finishes more with blackberry and currant. Moderate mouthfeel, smooth, no carbonation, lightly syrupy, boozy, and a long finish. This is one of the most perfect drinks I have ever had. The nose and taste are just unreal. Such a pleasure to have, I opened this for a friends bday, and regret not having more around to drink every weekend. Fucking great.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
-#74/140 bottle-shared by jtclockwork-still-dk red. A-med fruit-cherry, some spice. T-spice, med fruit-cheery/black cherry.
VivasBeer (2) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A: The smell of booze, and wonderful fruit. Iíve had a 1 oz shot of this at a B. Nektar event before, this time my mouth began salivating the minute we popped the cork.
A: No head when poured, pretty sure itís not supposed to have any carb. Dark red, vampire blood, light still shines through a bit making beautiful ruby red color. Lacing on the glass is amazing, legs run high.
T: By far the best thing Iíve ever drank in my life. The taste of all the fruits meld together perfectly, super pumped to be splitting this bottle with only one other person. A bit boozy but that was expected, but the sweet, and sour fruits just explode on the tongue. I am actually salivating now remembering this.
P: Perfect mouth feel. Just perfect
O: Again this is the most profound tasting experience my taste buds have every had. Not sure if the $100 price tag is playing into that, but damn its so so soooooo gooooooood.
Steve_0 (3587) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
#800! Bottle at the Colorado Mead Tasting í12. Pour is deep, purple, crimson with no head. Looks like a glass full of blood; beautiful. The aroma is euphoric with deep wood notes, black currants, red grapes, blackberries, sweet tarts, raspberries, and tart cherries. Taste is smooth from beginning to end; sweet dark fruits, cranberry juice, red grapes, blackberries, dark raisins, a hint of vanilla, cocoa, and wood. Syrupy mouthfeel with no carbonation. Not overly sweet, and the acid balances out the sweetness so beautifully, something I could drink all night long. Such an eloquently crafted spirit; every other mead I have ever tasted pales in comparison.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 Colorado Mead Tasting at Arminís house. Huge thanks to Stephen to getting this bottle! Pours a deep red purple, red wine appearance with no head. Rich thick jammy, black currant, huge raspberry, seedy, spicy berry, thick fruity aroma. Delicious, full and fresh black raspberry, mild pear/apple, chocolate, juicy, juicy tart cherry, just a touch syrupy flavor thatís just bursting full of fruit. Absolutely delicious. I am a bit surprised about how overwhelmed I was by the flavor in this baby. Unbelievable how delicious the fruits are in this. The finest mead Iíve ever had for sure.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Colorado mead tasting 2012 - viscous pour - dark reddish purple - the nose is unreal - bursting with currant and black cherry aromas - sweet, but with a lovely earthiness and tartness to balance - loads of fruit skin tannins - I could smell this all night - smooth, silky mouthfeel - wow - just wow - ineffably good - words will not do this justice - the fruit adds both depth of sweetness and a balancing acidity - cherry adds the sweetness while the currants add the tartness - tart and quite vinous through the middle - finish is all raspberry - just...dude - this is the mead to end all meads - the end.
arminjewell (8853) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, big thanks to Stephen for the pour! Dark reddish purple pour with no head, aroma is big notes of sweet raspberry, blackberry, cherry, some hints of rhubarb, a nice slight dry note from the rhubarb, hints of a vanilla in there. Taste is awesome, mix of blackberry, raspberry, slight cocoa almost with a nice honey, red fruit, oak, hints of vanilla, finishing very sweet but very palatable. Delicious.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a darkish brown/black...looks like a port. Nose is berries, vinous character, and light chocolate sweetness. Taste is similar, just has a richer sweetness to it...the berries are just amazing. Rich, smooth alcohol, delish.
Yeah, this bottle is $$$ but damn itís so good. Wow, gonna be hard to stay away from my bottle.
---Rated via Iím awesome and youíre not.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at B Nektar Meadery from bottle #103 from the 2011 batch. Clear very dark reddish/purple with no head. Aroma is very fruity with cherries, raspberries and blackberries and honey underneath. Taste is very fruity and sweet with a bit of warmth. Honey, berries, alcohol and mild tannins. Iím glad I was able to try a sample at the meadery.