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Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel French Toast Mead



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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
This is Wildflower Mead, aged in a Bourbon barrel, then it is flavored with bananas, hazelnuts, Maple syrup and spices. Tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5897) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2016
(12oz bottle) clear very light yellow, excellent lacing. Nose of wildflower, honey, banana, spices, French toast, light bourbon. Taste is equally complex, banana, touch of bourbon, medium sweet, no heat at all despite the 16%, winter spices, quick palate finish but delicious and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4626) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Tasted during beer trip through Florida. Only numerical ratings were recorded during this trip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7177) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours a clear gold with no head. The aroma is caramelized banana, sweet cinnamon, nutmeg. Thin mouth, honey, nutmeg, banana, boozy, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (8453) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle shared, 2012 vintage. Pours clear golden with a few bubbles that disappear quickly. Aroma of spice upfront, Christmas spices, cinnamon, hazelnut coming out, honey, floral notes, light perfume, banana, oak, toffee and vanilla. Flavour is light heavy sweet. Warming in the palate and the finish, you can tell the alcohol is there but it’s not in a nasty way. It comes across slightly watery in the start but quickly develops into a heavy spice and long sweet middle/finish with some raisin and overripe dark fruit aspects coming out. On of the most complex meads I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (7406) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Almost no head. Clear golden pour. Clear barrel notes in the aroma and taste. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4313) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
Un 2 onces dans une petite tulipe. Une robe de vin blanc. Des bulles au versement. Un nez floral avec de la cannelle, de la vanille et du bourbon poivré, des fruits et du bois. Un goût d’épices et de bourbon avec du miel et une douceur fruitée qui m’échappe. Au palais, un corps huileux avec une effervescence fine. En finale, un alcool parfumé un peu chaud et piquant. Bizarre mais bien agréable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Minderbinder (2951) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
Sample. [2015] Pours clear greenish yellow with no head. Some legs. Aroma is of perfume, flowers, alcohol, medical syrup. Taste is of perfume, strong alcohol, flowers, weird nuts, blood, rotten fruits and fat. Palate: Full bodied. No carbonation. Sticky. Warming alcohol. Overall: Oh boy. Quite cloying. Almost undrinkable. Too bold, very boozy. Medical syrup-like. Drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4513) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
How: Sample (2 oz) from bottle (375 ml) at home. 2015 vintage. Sent by Matt, thanks!

>>> Disappointing mead considering the sky high ratings. Interesting French Toast aroma, but something was clearly wrong with the taste (acidic) / palate (carbonated).

+ Aroma is enticing (though it’s borderline artificial) with cinnammon, nutmeg, vanilla, bourbon, banana and alcohol all expressing them in a rather cohesive "bouquet"
+ The alcohol warmth in the finish is well dosed, enough to tone down the flavors and not enough to burn
The color (coconut water - yellow) and the haziness aren’t so pretty
There’s a tiny bit of carbonation (quickly gone) that isn’t meant to be there and definitely hinders the depth and the sweetness impression of this one
There’s a weird acidity in the taste

Flavors: Bourbon, hazelnuts, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, toffee/maple syrup

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2551) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Still mead, 2012 bottle. Crystal clear pale yellow pour. Bottle all to myself! Amazing nose on this. Right up there with my most memorable aroma experiences: New Glarus Very Sour Blackberry and Goose Island 2013 Proprietors. Honey quickly moves to cinnamon and vanilla with bourbon and banana on the back end. Taste is really nice as well, but damn, that nose is something to experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (930) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
Sample from Tom10101, thanks man! The cap came off with some carbonation, and there was a little bit in the glass as well so I let it sit a little while to tone down. Appearance is much like a white wine, light golden, not much else to see. Aroma is chalk full of vanilla, oak, honey, and some stingy booze, very nice though. Taste is honey, oak, light sourness, with a dry boozy finish. I’ll be honest, I don’t get much in the way of french toast or maple, I get lots of honey, oak, and a hint of odd sourness. Not bad, but not mind numbing either.

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