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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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A sweet mead made with whole cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and aged on American oak. We slice each vanilla bean open by hand before adding to the mead to ensure maximum flavor extraction. Serve slightly chilled.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
From the bottle at Plainfield MWBF. Pours a slightly yellowed pale color. Still. Nose is subtly cinnamon & vanilla and wildflower floral notes. Moderate sweetness. On taste, it is very well balanced, oily mouthfeel. Some soft woody cinnamon that accentuates quite well. Some pleasant vanilla comes through as well and surprising is not over the top given the semi-sweet nature of the mead overall. Quite a nice metheglin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Pour in a wine glass from a 750 ml bottle at The Lion’s Pride. Pours a clear, pale yellow-gold color with no head or carbonation. Aroma explodes with vanilla and cinnamon, backed by brown sugar, toast, and apples. Fresh cookies! Flavor brings the same vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, toast, and apple notes, but more spice and honey is noticeable this time. Apple Cinnamon Cheerios! Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sweet, spicy mouthfeel and no carbonation. Wow, this delivers exactly what it promises. Crazy, interesting, delicious mead.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Got the last pour of this one. Woot! Pours a clear pale yellow with a creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of honey, cinnamon, other spice notes, vanilla and an earthy note. The taste is sweet honey, cinnamon, vanilla. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fratto (2589) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle from bu11zeye. Colorless pour with no head. Aroma is cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet. Taste is sweet, alcohol, lots of cinnamon, and honey.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3746) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours an extremely light and clear straw. So light. Aroma is fairly light. Some notes of baby powder, and soft honey. I might be able to pull some vanilla from this but only because I knew it was in there. Flavor is very nice. Lovely notes of vanilla, coffee, cinnamon. Tastes like coffee cake for sure. Wow this is good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at the World Beer Festival Columbia Brewers Party on 01/21/2011. Clear pale golden body with no head. Big vanilla aroma with light cinnamon. Huge pure vanilla flavor with bare hints of cinnamon. Medium full body with no carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1051) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Pour from a bottle. This is a still mead, straw in color. Cinnamon leads the aroma, but also honey and vanilla with a definite alcohol presence. Flavor is very sweet, again leading with cinnamon, backed by vanilla, honey, maybe some oak note. Very smooth. I can definitely say I’m a fan of sweet meads by now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours off white. Nose/taste of cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, oak, honey and carmelized sugar. Very sweet. Ever so slight dryness in finish. Good mouth feel.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2011
(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Not sure who brought this, but thank you!). Pours a light yellow color (white wine like). Aroma is honey and vanilla Taste is sweet and includes cinnamon and some artificial (?) vanilla. Thin bodied with an oily/slick texture. Not a big fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle generously shared by Sparky. Light straw colored pourwith light aromas of cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean, white grape juice,, and honey. The aroma fills the nostrils more as it warms. Flavor is light and balanced. Notes of cinnamon spice and vanilla sweetness are present but not at all aggressive. On the lighter side of syrupy...pretty refreshing, actually...given the style.


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