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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2077) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2013
shared at chopkofest gold honey pour, super boozy nose. taste has wildflower like sweetness and strong booze burn.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Huge and boozy mead, just had a small pour of it and it was far and away too much fo rme.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle shared at DLD 2013- who opened it? Can’t remember. Final rating of the day. Glad it was a light, summery palate cleanser. Pours a pale straw gold color. Honey for sure, with some grapes, vanilla, nuts, brown sugar, and whiskey warmth throughout. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, chewy, boozy mouthfeel. Warms you up.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2013
# 2000. Sampled courtesey of Sebletitje – Thx! 375 ml. bright Neon Blue B. Nektar body with a wonderful label. Looks like white wine to me maybe a bit paler – any mention of head is mainly a matter of habbit – not even bubbles appear here upon pouring. Aroma is incredible, mellow honey and white wine goodness, oak, vanilla, sweet, white flowers, wild white flowers,… Taste is an incredible sweet, delicate wild flowers honey, white flowers, sweetness from charred oak whisky barrels – actually picking up more on that than the whisky which I mainly get because I know what to look for, oak , highest quality white sugar (that is not really a think but yeah,…), very light apples, this stuff reminds me of a beautiful field in spring, it is like drinking that, sweetness covers the booze, you feel the heat sliding down your throat, very warming, silk thin and silk slick body, creamy,… like summer. A wonderful treat for my 2000th rating. Thx! & to anyone who ever shared a beer with me etc.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle ($25.99). Paler yellow pour than expected. Straw hue, still, good clarity with extremely viscous legs. Aromas are spicy, waxy mildly fruity with brown sugar a good amount of vanillin and lactone. Cereal, nutty raisins, date sugar, pecans and rye whiskey. Pretty complex once you become accustomed to the alcohol. Flavors are big and alcoholic, bold raisin and mejhool dates, toasted coconut, dry rye whiskey tannins, alcohol. Complex nuttiness and honey. Sweet, but balanced by tannin and peppery alcohol. Pecan pie and whiskey. Full bodied, a lot if heat without being fusel. In your face. Complex but not subtle. I like it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Big thanks to my sister (ratebeer’s 15_2_Kuhnhenn) for shipping me this bottle of joy and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this with sebletitje, cheers Sebastian! The tall blue glass bottle pours with a pale gold colored body with the slightest of haze and leaving behind legginess like no other as it doesn’t seem to go away but the legs just stay there along the inside of the glass defying gravity, damn! The aroma is rich and inviting with a mix of smooth sweet honey, a nice honeycomb sort of sensation along with mild notes of wild flower. The end of the draw is a bit boozy with a light barrel of bourbon sense as well as a shot of boozy heat. The taste is so smooth and rich with sweet honey tempered by the mildly fruity sort of sweet candied wild flower, if that even makes the slightest bit of sense, and then slivers of pleasing earthiness that binds this together. It then picks up some smooth mildly sweet whiskey like notes heading into the finish. This is rich and yummy and I can sip this just all day long if I could get more. Wow!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (3898) - SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle huge tnx to Greg. Pours clear pale honey golden. Aroma is heavy sweet coconut milk chocolate honey floral lovely boozy vanilla and some whiskey. Flavor is velvety oily sweet acidy fruity apples astringent barrel warming alcohol a bit acetone which is not a bit disturbing. Finishes fruity boozy sweet, very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Clear pour with a slight yellow tint. Huge tropical fruit, tons of vanilla, and a nice whiksey note. A touch of honey, nice floral notes, and some alcohol. Very nice sweetness and fruit character. The flavor has a great whiskey character to it with a lot of sweet vanilla and notes of oak. Peach, apple, pineapple, and maybe grape fruitiness. A touch of alcohol and a light honey note.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle split with Ibrew2or3, thanks Dave. Dorée foin laissant un filament huileux épais sur le verre. Arôme est fleuri de fleurs des champs et prairie, note douce et mielleuse subtile et complexe avec une présence légère de sucré caramélisé et note de pollen. Palais rend à la fois la complexité du whisky et seigle le tout pour un boisé subtile donnant des notes de vanille très subtile. Le coté fleurs des champs et miel ne sont également pas en reste surtout pour ce niveau d’alcool et ici, se font plus profond une fois que l’hydromel respire pendant une bonne dizaine de minute. De cette manière, un alcool qui peut paraître trop encombrant laisse ample place à la barrique et aux fleurs des champs pour s’entrechoquer en un palais délicieux. Vraiment à déguster par petite quantité. Malgré ses 19% cet hydromel reste hautement complexe et rehaussé ici par ce côté fleurs des champs qui donne un palais frais et agréable.


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