masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried a sample at B. Nektar. Glad I did. Poured a blood red, as mentioned in previous ratings. Really dark and foreboding. Looked quite thick in the glass, and like a serious drink. Aroma is huge, Super ripe cherry hits me first, maybe one of the best cherry aromas I have ever smelled, I pictured dark black cherries, you definitely get currants and berries as well and some sweet dark honey. Taste delivers on the aroma huge cherry again, quite a bit of tartness as well from the berries, like a raspberry tartness, tons and tons of red fruit, there is just so much fruit in this thing, on the back end you remember that this is a mead, as the big dark sweet honey kicks in to balance some of the fruit tartness, long finish and a residual sweetness in the back of you mouth, as the tart berries settles on your tongue. At some point you forget exactly what you are drinking and that there is alcohol involved, as the drink is so interesting and fun. Serious stuff, is it worth $100, who knows, but it feels like no expense was spared when you drink it. Really glad to have tried it.
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to my sister, ratebeer’s 15_2_Kuhnhenn. This nectar pours rug staining deep bright red, maybe like reduced plum juice, and leaving behind a good bit of legginess. The aroma is full and rich with pungent earthy berry smelling dark currants as well as well nearly bright levels of crushed up fruit skin tartness and rich sweet ripe to mildly tart cherry meat. Wow! The taste is rich and vibrant with cherry meat nuanced earthy currant sweet nectar like goodness. Wow. I frikin’ love currant used in this way. Behind those rich succulent notes are cherry to currant tartness as well as firm currant earthiness pulling this all together. It ends dry and all the flavor withers away effortlessly.
hopscotch (8539) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (#133)… This mead rocks!… Clear, deep, maroon mead. The bouquet is a wealth of fruity, earthy, tannic black currants mingled with sweet raspberries, cherries and rich, dark honey. Full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel. The flavor is very smooth, quite fruity, medium sweet and moderately tart, offering substantial essences of cherry and raspberry. Finishes tangy and fruity with a bold kiss of black currant tannins. Big-time thanks to biggsbowler for sharing this decadent rarity!
biggsbowler (180) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2012 Bottle - Thanks Dave - This is an amazing mead. First off, it is blood red in color and pours like blood coming from your hand into a glass. It really has that look and feel of blood. Taste was on another level. You can taste raspberries and cherries, but the black currants were the strongest flavor. Im not sure if it was the honey or something else, but I got a little bit of cinnamon in the mouth. Truly a great mead and I’ll say it was worth the price. B. Nektar and Ken Schramm, Thanks for making awesome meads.
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Received full glass pour at the B. Nektar meadery in Ferndale, MI. Pours an opaque dark "stop sign" red, clean disk top and plenty of viscosity tears. Aroma of dark cherries, raspberry and a hint of currants. Flavor is almost syrupy, loaded with cherries and raspberries with sweet light flower honey. Finish is dessert-like sweet as I feel blood-rush sensation above my cheeks. More cherry flavor in the 2011 vintage as the 2009 vintage had more black currant. By far one of the best dessert meads I’ve encountered.
mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow had at bnektar meadery very sweet aroma and pours a dark blood red. the taste is almost un explainable so sweet sweet sweet almost like red sweet tarts that sat in sugar water for a year very neat!
MeadMe (1243) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a rich brilliant ruby red. Holy hell I have died and gone to heaven. Aromas of a fresh blend of berry juice. Light alcohol as well. The flavor I still think about it. So rich and deep. Tons of raspberry, blueberry, black cherry, and currants. Sweet and fruity with a nice dash of earthy honey. I can not begin to explain how beautifully awesome this beverage is. Every bottle I see from this day forward I will purchase. It’s pricy but a true drinking experience.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another home run. Pours the color of a vintage port, and is equally as viscous. Aroma is a full on fruit assault, with no one variety dominating. Flavor is redolent of dark fruits and honey. Stuff isn’t cheap, but it is damn good.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Timdog for sharing! Purple hue with a big fruity nose. Lots of vanilla on the back-side. Flavor is sweet with complex subtitles. Cherry, raspberry, honey, vanilla and grape. I have not had many but this has to be one of the finest examples.
dchmela (2560) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Redlight for cracking this bottle. Deep red purple pour. Huge nose of honey, cabernet grapes, smokiness and cherry in the aroma. Huge grape, honey, vanilla taste. Extremely complex and should be savored, as this is beautiful.