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B. Nektar Sleeping Giant



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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 570   ABV: 19%
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Once upon a time a giant was imprisoned inside a rye whiskey barrel. For over a year he sat in silence and total darkness and finally, he fell asleep. In time the world forgot about him. Until one day, a brave mead maker with a magical mustache discovered the giant, and put it in a bottle. At over 19% abv, this mead should not be taken lightly. Uncork the bottle and awaken the Sleeping Giant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (2733) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Wade. Flat pour, slightly hazed light-straw color. Aroma of super boozy honey with a little bit of musty wood. Very boozy. Almost solvent-like. Taste isn’t solventy but there’s still a huge warmth to it. Seems more balanced, though, because it’s also super sweet. Tons of clover honey with lingering residual sugars. A touch of tannin, wood. But mostly booze & honey. Warming finish. Not bad, but there’s nothing really exciting about this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2315) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to mrebeks for sharing. Hazy pale yellow pour, still appearance. Aromas are musty honey, ginger, vanilla, and light whiskey. Tastes very smooth for a 19% abv mead. Fresh honey, light ginger, big vanilla. Slight booze in the finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5276) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of alcohol, light honey, and a hint of floral notes. It pours a slightly hazy dull yellow with no head. The flavor starts with a moderate honey. The finish has some vanilla with a hint of alcohol. It’s medium bodied with no carbonation. Overall, this doesn’t taste a boozy as it smells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7688) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle tasted at RBSG grand tasting post-tasting. Honey and good rye whiskey in the nose. Clear golden slight orange color. Awesome wildflower honey aroma in the flavor, love it. Moderate to bigger body. Smooth, kind of slick, lighter carbonastion. More slick finish. Awesome rye whiskey wildflower mead. Starting to see a distinction in this type of honey, and I dig it every time. 19%?! Hides ABV super well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle-thanks Adam. Had right after he shared bully guppy. Slightly hazy yellow. A-alcohol, spice, honey. T-follows. Warms on the way down, sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Homer321 (2369) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Sample thanks to alum. A lot weirdness when Peter talks a out kissing a dude while I try to drink this mead. Probably why I don’t like mead but to each their own. Chill. Long dry honey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6310) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle - Sweet sugary Whisky notes, bright fruit. Hazy pale yellow with no head. Honey, booze and light melon notes. Rich syrupy body, and a boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (782) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle. Thanks to Adam for sharing this. Clear white wine pour, no head. Aroma, oak, rye, some slight booze. Taste, wow, very sweet, oak, some heat from the booze but not much considering the ABV. Complex , sweet, very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to Andrew. Clear yellow sweet honey and alcohol. Sweet favors simple honey some earthiness. good but boozy 8/3/7/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1915) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
shared at chopkofest gold honey pour, super boozy nose. taste has wildflower like sweetness and strong booze burn.

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