Ibrew2or3 (6207) - 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, ratebeerís 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 frikiní 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 (8375) - 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)Ö This mead rocks!Ö 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 (158) - 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 Iíll say it was worth the price. B. Nektar and Ken Schramm, Thanks for making awesome meads.
Skyview (5087) - 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 Iíve encountered.
mikem409 (1445) - 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 (1172) - 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. Itís pricy but a true drinking experience.
CheesedMan (554) - 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 isnít 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 (2482) - 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.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle # 24/110
Perfect fit for rating # 3000. A very special bottle indeed. First because it was offered to me as a present for my graduation by Greg, Askofficerfriendly and his wife. Second, a celebration of my bday and return to Belgium, and third, probably the first B.Nektar mead to make it to Europe and one of my favorite US meadery.
This one goes out to you Greg/Bridget and the good folks at B.Nektar!
Pours a deep burgundy with an outstanding clear syrupy filament/coating on the glass.
The aroma brings this mead to another level by the depth of the fruits being used. One can easily pick a medley of currants, raspberries and cherries where one scent leaves room to another never to overtake the experience.
Perfect bouquet of honey follows adding this ever enjoyable organic natural fragrance.
The mouthfeel is similar to the aroma and a bouquet of orchard brings fantastic dimensions to the mead. Great blend between the fruits leaving room for each cherry, raspberries and currants to be noticed. The honey adds a great balance to the acidity of the fruits that although not overpowering was enough to give me a nice heartburn quickly following the first glass (a first with all B.Nektar) and that was the low point of the whole experience. The honey also leaves a mild sweet syrupy sticky finish on the lips that is very enjoyable.
Overall a great mead that I thoroughly enjoyed in good company of family.