neepsntatties (1715) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firkin at Belmont Station. My first journey into mead. Colour...golden amber with no head at all ( I suspect that’s common for mead??). Nose...loads of honey and notes of spicy hibiscus, orange tea and booze. Palate...clean, cola and spice with honeyed sopapilla, hibiscus tea and spring Douglas fir needles. The mid palate is bright and tangy and the finish is long and deliciously sweet.
larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head. Clear deep coppery body. Fruity alcoholic raisiny aroma
with spicy cedar wood notes. Sweet fruity spicy alcoholic taste with
cedar wood notes. Fullish body. Hot, spicy, flat mouthfeel.
Sweetish spicy hot alcoholic aftertaste with wooden herbal notes.
Long cedar wood finish. Interesting, unusual. Highly sippable, in
spite of all the alcohol. (0.5l ceramic bottle, from Kihoskh,
Copenhagen, a few years back.)
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Used to get on draft believe it or not. Never rated for some reason. But it always poured a reddish gold with no head. Big honey aroma with some mild citrus and the hibiscus. The body was thick and oily but finishes dry in flavor due to the hops. Not very boozy but well done overall.
hallinghansen (2750) - Odense SV, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my man dedollewaitor, thanks buddy. Clear Amber body with no head. Honey, malt, dr. Nielsen, but with a lower alcohol.
danlo (2388) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20cl bottle. Clear deep golden colour, no head and aroma of honey, hibiscus, alcohol. Taste is sweet, honey, some caramel, berry, and boozey. Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation, warming finish. Quite sippable.
borre_m (1242) - NORWAY - JUL 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden, slightly red. Aroma has citrus, spice and alchol. You also notice hibiscus. Taste is clean, sweet, with alcohol. also slightly spicy, with hibiscus.
KiltedCowboy (1) - Georgia, USA - JUL 4, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first thing that I noticed about this was the container it is in; a nice ceramic bottle which just goes to show that appearances are important and the producers know it. Opening the bottle, I was greeted with a wonderful scent of honey first off, with lighter hibiscus and hop tones in the back. Finally, was the ever-present scent of alcohol, and since this is a 19% Alc/Vol beverage, it is no wonder why it is strong.
Moving on to taste, the first thing I noticed was the sharp alcohol taste that usually dissuades me from most drinks with that noticeable burn. However, it hooked me in with the sweet after taste. Honey sits well on the tongue, circling on the palette with the hops and hibiscus playing the wonderful accompaniment.
I can only imagine that this would be a perfect aperitif or a fantastic dessert wine, if used in the upper-class sense of dining.
markwise (5141) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 2015 Cajun Cafe Cider and Mead Festival. Pours a deep red-amber with no head. Nose is flowers, deep berries, some huge honey, and sweetness. Flavor is huge honey,flowers, and some berries with a full body and booze all over.
bursprak (2300) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Still hazy amber pour. Floral notes, alcohol burn, honey ,herbal notes with a fairly dry ending.
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This mead pours a slightly hazy straw color with a slight pinkish hue, and there is no head. There is a lot of booze (and I mean a lot of hot, solventy alcohol) in the nose, but there are slight notes of honey sweetness, floral hops, and hibiscus flowers. The taste is quite boozy, quite sweet, and a touch sour with an finish that is hot with some residual sweetness, and the palate fuses an oily texture, medium-light body, and a flat carbonation.