gnoff (7942) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12 fl oz at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Thanks to rlgk! Label marked 14.0% ABV.
Hazy copper color, no head. Alcohol, berry scent. Sweet, tart, wood taste. Vinous, alcohol aftertaste. Smoth mouthfeel, peppry alcohol bitterness. Rather boozy, might improve for my taste with some age to it?
_angst_ (2872) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy reddish golden with no head and some long nice looking legs. Smell is sweet and slightly fruity with honey, caramelized almonds, charred wood, vanilla hard candy, chocolate covered cherries, bourbon, bounty bars and alcohol. Taste is sweet, sour and fruity with honey, cherries, charred wood, vanilla, hay, alcohol and hints of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet, slightly fruity tart boozy and medium bodied. finish is slightly sweet and fruity with honey, cherries, charred wood, toasted coconut, hay and alcohol. Smells great currently too hot in the taste...
tkrjukoff (4082) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours almost clear pink with a small pinkish head. Aroma is sweet berry fruity honey. Flavor similar to aroma has a slight bitterness and is a bit boozy, very nice.
rlgk (11041) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Hazy orange/copper color, no head. Honey aroma, fruity, cherries, caramel, woody, vanilla, figs, raisins, cream, some biscuits. Honey flavor, floral, cherries, woody, vanilla, raisins, banana notes. Sweet but rather pleasant.
WillRunForBeer (731) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle from trade. Thanks, Jason! Pours deep mahogany. Completely still. Aroma is cherry,mbourbon, vanilla and earthy wet moss. Thick and sweet, with tart cherry, vanilla, caramel, oak and a bourbon kick.
jackl (4698) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Thanks to JohnnieNepal for hooking me up! Deep blood red pour with a tiny head. Rich mashed cherries. Hot boubon and vanilla. Musty tree bark. Really hot but vibrant on the palate. This has legs. Big meaty cherry and brown sugar. Orange peel and a bit of cinnamon. Outsized stuff. Full and rich, smooth despite the heat. Wonderful.
burg326 (3768) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep red color with aromas of booze, cherries, light oak and a touch of sweetness. Flavors are the same cherries, booze and some light alcohol in the aftertaste. Another solid mead from these guys.
tectactoe (2055) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jason. Muddled, rusty ruby body with some orange; completely still, no head forms at all on the pour. Nose consists of lots of honey, lots of bourbon, & a surprisingly small amount of cherries buried underneath... Mostly sweet, not really tart. Alcohol stings the nostrils. Taste is similar, with a heavy hand on bourbon, honey, & wood, with the cherries taking a backseat. Lightly sweet, a touch medicinal in the finish with a lingering mixture of honey & boozy bourbon. Expected for being 17% ABV, I guess, but I still wish the fruit character was more relevant. Much better meads available for the price.
umich03jm (2062) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Tammy for sharing. Pours a murky red grapefruit color, no carb. Nice aroma of cherries, sweet honey, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts with rich honey and cherries then gets quickly overpowered by bourbon booziness. A bit harsh to drink at times but not surprising since it’s a 17% BB mead. What is surprising is how thin it is. Makes it seems watery in the mouthfeel. Pretty good but after drinking Black Agnes and Miel de Garde #1 in the same night, it’s a minor letdown.
wedgie9 (2007) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Pours clear rosé with no head. The nose is legitimate cherry-forward Manhattan with plenty of bourbon aroma. The flavor is the same, it is super impressive how much like a Manhattan, with some added cherry, this tastes. The body is full and viscous with no carbonation and a long cherry Manhattan and bourbon finish.