djd07 (6485) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
kermis (7711) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
deanso (6950) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Almost no head. Clear golden pour. Clear barrel notes in the aroma and taste. Very good
SlovakSniper (4040) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Minderbinder (2693) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
tom10101 (4097) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Bacterial (2365) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mathieuc (2355) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light golden with some legs. Nose is of alcohol, honey and light spices. Taste is pretty hot and lightly sweet, offers cinnamon, butter and light bourbon. Body is light to medium and mouthfeel a little sticky but all the alcohol is a bit rough. Some definite french toast impressions in the finish. Overall I thought it was OK but a definite letdown in comparison to what the hype would suggest. Just too boozy.
JulienHuxley (4442) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 oz sample. Clear very pale yellow pour. Aroma is quite boozy, lots of vanilla, tons of bourbon, very aromatic but not very discernable french toast. Taste is sweet, lots of bourbon, vanilla, some french toast flavor, honey, malt extract, very sweet and boozy, lots of borubon. Palate is med full bodied and slick. Not bad, getting close to the intended flavor profile but overly sweet, thin and artificial for my liking.