MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
light transparent gold, thin white ring for a head. Nose is honey, apple, cider. Flavor is lightly bitter, astringent honey, oily.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow pour with no head. Clover honey with hints of lavender, and apple cider. Not my favorite mean by a long shot.
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours clear light gold with no head. Aroma is honey, light straw with fruity esters. Flavor is honey, light straw malt with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
750mL c&c thanks to rayl101. Pours a clear yellow with no head. Nose is detergent, and candied lemon drops. Medicinal......ewww. Taste is apple juice box with some honey. Very bad. Not sure how this happened. But very plasticly, phenolic.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle: pours a clear pale champagne golden with decent legs. Has a subtle light honey nose with a touch of floral character. Starts with average fullness and a dry floral honey flavor before a muted finish. Could use some more body and complexity.
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2011 Bottle thanks to Steve. Pours clear gold with a white fizzy head. Nose/taste of honey wax and pilsner malt. Medium body. Odd.
fbm115 (183) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
pours a clear pale yellow color with a bit of fizz. small white cap. smell is of pilsner esters mixed with honey. some waxiness and champagne esters. flavor has a lot of yeast pilsner like esters. very weird it smells more like a beer than mead. though there is a noticeable waxy honey taste overall dry with an oily finish. mouthfeel is light with a touch of fizz. overall i don’t enjoy this very much. Bell’s, give kuhnhenn a call and find out how to make mead.
574deadzone (1057) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 750 ml bottle from Bell’s. This is a sparkling mead, straw/pale gold in color. Aroma is clover honey and slight alcohol. It reminds me of a very dry white wine or a champagne. Taste is not as sweet or honey-like as nose suggests. It has a bit of tartness and a dry finish. It doesn’t do a whole lot on the palate. I feel like this is a more commemorative effort from Bell’s and I will certainly hang onto the bottle, but at $19 it was kind of a bummer. Not as enjoyable as I was hoping. Since Bell’s is so good with hops, maybe next round they should try a dry-hopped mead rather than going such a traditional route. Step up the alcohol, get some legs in there, cut out the carbonation...I would try that.
Update: I had to add an extra point because at the bottom of the bottle I found the tiniest baby bee. I mean, how cool is that? We should all be so lucky to be preserved in alcohol!
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap at bells...one of the worst meads i have ever had. clear straw body...minimal honey and sugar in the nose and mouth. overly thin, weak, and intensely watered down. a huge miss
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft list at bells says 10.3%. My first mead. beautiful yellow brilliantly clear pour from a snifter. ArOma is fresh honey, wax, light fruits. Mildly sweet taste and sweetness finishes the taste but not cloying and fruity. nice, pleasant. but my first. Very glad to try.