andyhwcinc (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2011
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Appearance cider like, bright yellow with no head. Aroma of nothing really, maybe sugar if anything. Taste blander than cider, definitely alcoholic, pretty sweet, almost like Boones Farm in my opinion. I don’t think this should be considered mead, its way too sugary and has no honey profile at all. If I tried to finish I couldn’t drive. Definitely wouldn’t drink again, intrigued at first but definitely disappointed.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Bell’s. Pale straw coloured golden pour. Tastes like honey and a light minerally clean character. It’s nice, although quite generic. A simple, sparkling mead.
Tmoney99 (11099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at The Eccentric Cafe. Poured clear pale color with good legs and virtually no head. Moderate dark honey aroma. Light to medium body with a thin texture. Light to medium honey sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable mead.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. This the first mead I’ve rated, but have had enough of the style to feel comfortable rating at this point. Overall, this was a pretty basic mead that was highly drinkable but with nothing really special going on. Perhaps even the most drinkable 10 abv bit of alcohol I’ve ever had. As expected, zero head and an oily, crystal, hazy gold body. Aroma consists of a pleasant sweet honey with cream, and a light tart berry wafer. The palate is is crisp and clean, almost water with only a hint of kick behind it. Some very simple notes in the flavor as well. Honey of course, with light grain cookie, apples, and some other light juicy fruits. In the end, a nice, simple, easy drinking high abv drink.
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap during the RBSG’10 visit - arouma is light honey, light clover. Nice light body, wheaty and floral nectar.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, MI. Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow colored body with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a trace of oily lacing. Aroma is a lighter amount of sweet honey and fairly fruity with some white wine and a very mild malt. Flavor is better. The honey is sweet and smooth, but very light. A good amount of fruity white wine and pear that dies before the finish. A bit of an herbal ending as this dries with a hint of alcohol that leaves a simple, medium length aftertaste of sweet honey and mild malts. Light body, quick, and clean with a very soft carbonation. Overall, a bit of a lighter, simpler tasting mead, but clean with a good amount of sweet honey and a pleasant fruitiness. Not bad.
j12601 (6976) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bells during our trip there during RBSG. Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Soft honey and apples on the nose. Sweet honey, very faint carbonation. Honey sweet with light fruit on a very light finish.
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Clear light honey color with minimal head. Strawberry fruit type aroma coming off the nose. The taste is sweet as expected but also boozy which I didn’t expect. Light mouthfeel. Very clean finishing.
Drake (9012) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
10% version served on draft at the Eccentric Cafe. Pours a clear pale gold color with lots of bubbles but no head. Aroma of honey, apples and a slightly grainy note. Taste of sweet honey, white grapes, apple. Sweet and lightly tart. Smooth, medium bodied.
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a very light yellow color, almost like a champagne with basically no head. Aroma was of light alcohol and very sweet honey. Some yeast in there as well. Flavor was very sweet honey, slight alcohol and some citrusy yeast character too.