bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the otown throwdown. Golden amber color. INCREDIBLY STRONG. and really sweet with hone y and spicy hops. Want to have again when I don’t have to drive.
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Hopscotch, pours a dark honey color. Flat pour with huge alcohol legs on the glass. Nose is alcohol and raw honey, nothing special there. Flavor and mouthfeel really make this a special mead. Huge thick mouthfeel but suprisingly slick and drinkable despite noticable alcohol burn. Definitely drinks like 19% but the flavor profile which starts of with big time honey and goes into some very intriguing spice notes. Amazingly there is a little detectable hop character which I have never encountered before in a mead. A strong alcohol burn and then it finishes with a lovely pie crust note and of course rich honey. Very very nice.
VikingMetalGod (39) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
MMM, unique aroma. Herbal, flowery honey smell. Very Sweet. Pours dark gold/amber, still, with no head. I think I just want to smell it and keep it at that out of fear that the taste won’t live up! WHOA to the alcohol flavor! At 19%, i’m not surprised! Taste is very sweet and alcoholic but not as sweet as I"m used to with the mead around here, which is nice. After the initial sweetness, it becomes dry and finishes spicy with herbal overtones throughout. SO many flavors! Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy with a pleasant burn in the end.With all the alcohol (and $30 a bottle) its a sipper, not a swigger. I recommend this to all that love mead and are able to obtain this rarity (at least for my neck of the woods). A fitting drink for my fellow viking warriors!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BrideofFrankenkitty and the Mr for bringing this to the apartment to share. While she and he drank from sensiblely sized stemmed beer sample glasses, I (not having to drive away later) carefully poured a goodly dosage into my Choc Beer glass. It had a deep amber/bronze body with long legs. (Always wanted to write that.) The aroma was seriously sweet, but not offensively so - thick honey. old oak, and... something. That something was mayhaps the hibiscus. At the Mrs suggestion, I poured some into the front of my mouth, swirled it lightly, and let it drain backwards... meaning further into my mouth and down the throat. Finally, I was picking up a floral bitterness and caught a light scent of some flowers. (Could I really tell the difference between a hibiscus, a rose, or a snapdragon?) Mostly the flavor was strong and honey sweet with a firm alcohol presence. At the end there was a snap of alcohol and old, dry hops. The finish was sticky sweet and peppery hot with alcohol. Normally I prefer a dry mead, but this was not at all unpleasant... which I s’pose means I liked it.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. From Solan. Red/Orange pour. Honey, fruit, hops and maybe a hint of spices. Flavor is very nice. A bit herbal and honey. Good stuff.
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
FRO throwdown: Copper. Honey and flowers. Notes of agave/tequila? Am I crazy? Flavor is nicely fully sweet, with more peppery hints of tequila. Nice lingering lip-smacking sweetness.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy SoLan I do believe. Clear reddish hue, no lacing or head. Honey nose, dark berries, slight alcohol, considering the ABV. Yummy rich honey flavors, very spicy as well. Surprisingly drinkable when you consider the 19% ABV.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09
Pours light amber.
Plenty of honey and interesting floral notes and light hops.
Palate is just very viscous. 19% this one is just sweet and highly enjoyable.
This is one fine mead
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber. Still. Floral, herbal, lightly spicy, small dose of solvent, touch of alcohol, all on a dense, resinous honey background. Full body, viscous, alcohol on the end brings an attempt at balance. Rich with enough flavors to keep me interested.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper-orange-burnt sienna colors with lots of legs. Intensely herbal, super floral aromas. Thick and viscous texture. Very medicinal stuff: herbal, sweet with interesting honey character that emerges at the end.