maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2013 On tap at WBF-Raleigh on 04/24/2010. Clear pale yellow body with no head and thick legs. Sweet floral and light vanilla aroma. Sweet vanilla and light fruity flavor. Full body with no carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15
Bottle at the World Beer Festival - Columbia on 01/22/2011. Clear pale golden body with no head. Big honey and light vanilla aroma. Big sweet honey flavor with hints of citrus. Full body with low carbonation.7/3/7/4/15/3.6
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at World of Beer. Poured very clear, almost watery golden with nothing for head. The aroma was sweet and fresh with orange blossom honey and vanilla well represented.. warm and well-balanced. The flavor found a lot more sweet honey and vanilla with drier honey on the back.. a lot heavier and more profound than the nose.. sweet overall and tasty. Initial sweetness on the palate transitioned well onto the dry-ish finish.. feel and flow were very good. I’d drink this again.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle i think at room temperature.... pours a mostly transparent golden champagne like elixir with suspended bubbles throughout. non-existent head and nice lacing down the side of the glass.... aroma of wood and sulphites upfront with vanilla and honey come into play as well.... sweet sipping dessert mead with a woody essence that pervades alongside the honey with some hints of underlying fruit that gives it a little complexity and a hint of tartness in the finish but just barely so. somewhat warming in nature and lacks the body of some of the heavier dessert meads that i have had in the past.
beerbill (3179) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml cobalt blue bottle that gave me problems from the get-go. The cork was very difficult to remove and I eventually ended up having the entire top of the bottle break off in my hand because it required so much pressure from the corkscrew to remove. After finding and applying the bandaids, I was back to the mead and filtered it through cheesecloth to make sure my wife and I didn’t consume any glass. Pours a crystal clear gold with no head. This is a still mead. Aroma is sweet honey with a few floral notes and some alcohol vapors. Unfortunately, there is an unpleasant aroma of sulphur present in the nose as well. I’m wondering if this is somehow related to my cork problems. The flavor is sweet honey with a bit of depth, which I am enjoying, however, I cannot escape the sulphurous odor and it is tainting my enjoyment of the flavor. There is just a bit of oak in the flavor as well. Coats the palate well without being cloying. I can see this being an excellent mead without the sulphur. Hopefully I will have another chance to sample this mead and revise my review.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Great Taste of Midwest ’09 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a still riesling colored mead with a clean disk top and large viscosity tears inside the glass. Aroma of mild flower (typical of orange blossoms) sweet honey, a hint of vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet soft honey, vanilla and a hint of citrus juice. Finish is soft with some metallic background, with a short lived vanilla, sweet honey and citrus aftertaste.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 09. A sweet honey aroma with a surprising amount of ctirus remaining from the honey. A little vanilla in there as well from the oak. Sweet and slightly thick with a flavor much like the aroma.
meadjudge (1) - USA - MAR 17, 2009 does not count
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
After my inital excitement to try mead for the first time, I was suprised at how little of the orange flavor was present. I was also disappointed to find out that B Nektar does not have their own bees. It seems like in a world where out sourcing materials such as raw honey is risky, they would take more pride and produce their own honey. Overall, I am still encouaged by their creativity to try new flavors and look forward to trying additional flavors.