Tmoney99 (13244) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 50F from Sam’s Chicago. Poured clear dark copper/orange color with good legs. Heavy dark honey ginger aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium to heavy dark honey sweet flavor with a rich sweet finish of moderate duration. Pleasing cognac flavor.
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle Ft Wayne tasting courtesy of thedm and hotstuff, who could easily start a site called ratemead.com - This golden liquid has a honey and alcohol aroma. The flavor is heavy on the sweet honey with some herbal notes. It’s definitely warming as one would expect from 19% abv. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy and the finish continues to be sweet. Enjoy it for dessert or late in the evening as you would a port.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of thedm and hotstuff at the locals tasting. Golden pour, no head. Herbal honey and ginger aroma with some slight "hot" touches to it. Very smooth body even though the ethyl was coming through in droves. Floral, herbal honey flavor with some of the ginger notes coming through. A bit hot right now, but still mighty fine.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a metheglin style mead, spiced with ginger and hops. Pours brilliantly clear, medium gold. No head, it is a still beverage. Aroma is big ginger, some honey, and hints of hops. Alcohol is also apparent. Flavor is big ginger upfront, with nice honey character, and a good hop background. Body is medium, and finish is well balanced between ginger and honey.
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
a bit too much ginger for the aroma. flavor seems a bit herbal and spicy. palate is a tad thin. good for a sophiscate palate
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is defiantly sweet with an herbal element. The honey really shines through though. The appearance is copper gold and still. The flavor is like the aroma with some ginger. The palate is smooth. Overall I like it but the alcohol is not well hidden!
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
served from the bottle at plan b, copenhagen. amber, vanilla aroma, whisky-like alcohol character, golden syrup, quite balanced.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
According to the rather lengthy description on my bottle, the recipe for this mead comes from around 1700 and it’s brewed with ginger and hops. It pours a rich gold color and leaves lond legs on the sides of the glass. The aroma’s pretty sharp and perfumey, strong alcohol with flowers and distant honey. Thick and creamy to drink, the honey flavor is laden with alcohol, flowers, vanilla, and old wood. The finish is sticky sweet, mildly bitter, and full of alcohol. More interesting than enjoyable, so this one’s probably not a repeat for me.
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obguthr (5483) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong perfume-like honey aroma, very floral. Shimmering gold color and still. Sweet taste and alcohol doesn’t mesh up well Aside from dark honey, there is a taste of mango and white grapes. Dried leaves on the palate.
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Glass from the bottle at Sunset Grill on 8/13/07
Another deep golden-amber mead, slightly softer than the Dansk Klap, with similar legs and a high clarity.
For bringing the alcohol down a little over 2%, I definitely was impressed that it seemed significantly more lighter than that (wasnt expecting hardly any change). A little bit more phenolic spiciness comes out, and the alcohol isn’t quite as fierce, with more of a plum-brandy note and not quite the beat you over the head with raisins and thick brown sugar that that Klap had. Still, it wasn’t too far behind, in an absolute sense, and just seemed excessive and overly decadent, to say the least. Thank god for Sunset Grill and their mead flights; I would have been pissed if I bought a bottle of this for $20. Thick, syrupy texture, alcohol is quite problematic.