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 (4389) - 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 (4003) - 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.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
yum yum Poured a golden color. Aroma was honey go figure, grapes. Flavor was blended perfectly. honey and white grapes vanilla and the slightest bit of woodyness to it. Expected it to be tick mouthfeel but wasn’t at all vey very nice.
eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty ceramic 750ml bottle from SL. Golden honey colored pour, nice inverted fingers along the edges, no head obviously. The aroma was rich honey, grapes, berries, light ginger. The flavors melded together so wonderfully, light vanilla and oak under all of the aroma qualities. Alcohol was quite warming and surprisingly settled as the bottle warmed a bit (initially served at fridge temps). Hops added along with the ginger? The ginger was hardly there (a good thing for me!) and the hops completely missed. Mouthfeel was oily, yet not thick, syrupey, or honey-like viscous at all. This one worked terrifically late in the evening alongside fresh fruit and pound cake, while watching the Birds open their ’07 preseason. These meads are now winning me over, unfortunately at an impact to the wallet.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep gold with no head. Strong aroma of ginger along with some sweet honey. The flavor is also quite strong with tons of ginger along with some sweet, almost syrupy, honey flavors. There is an almost immediate strong burn, which I believe is more from the ginger than the alcohol. This mead is definitely all about the ginger. The label says this is made with ginger and hops, however, I did not detect any hops in the aroma or flavor. Fans of ginger will want to give this mead a try. Those who don’t enjoy ginger may find it overbearing.
gnoff (8173) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Clear deep golden color. Sweet honey and raissin scent, but also a lot of alcohol. Sweet honey scent. Though the aftertaste is alcohol and it’s quite warming, almost burning in the throat. Apparently they add hard spirits to this to stop the fermentation and keep some of the sweet stuff from the honey. I don’t think I appreciate the amount of alcohol that has been added. Rich mouthfeel.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep golden honey color with no head. Aroma is of sweet honey, ginger, and some hops. Flavor is sweet honey, a hint of ginger, and a bitter hoppy, alcohol finish.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a still, rich gold. The aroma is full of honey, but the flavor comes across a bit hot. At first I thought this was from the alcohol, which is big, but it may be from the ginger after all. Thick with a lingering spicy burn from the ginger.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 Sampled at Tria Fermentation School’s mead class, 5/8/07. Clear orange amber color, topped with a few white bubbles. Sweet honey and floral aroma, with notes of sherry. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Spice and honey flavor, with warming alcohol. Long spicy finish.