Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy the great mead trade of 2011. (thirdeye11, blutt59, mora2000.) 2008 batch. Pours a very clear reddish pink color. No carbonation. Aroma is clay, light fruit, wood and alcohol. Flavor is mix of sweet and sour, dry wine and grapes with a huge tingle. Quite dry on the finish.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought back by Dogbrick. Thanks man! Dark red pour with no carbonation and moderate legs. Grapey red wine nose with honey and a lot of sweet dark fruit notes. Flavor was a bit in contrast to that, with a lot of booziness and dryness to go along with the honey and dark fruit.
Tmoney99 (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 2011. Poured clear dark reddish copper color with good legs. Heavy grape, honey and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a thick smooth texture. Medium to heavy dark fruit and honey flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate duration. Pleasing smooth alcohol burn. Standout mead.
flatmatt (1112) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 oz bottle. A still mead, red amber in color. Aromas of white bread, honey, red grape juice, somewhat toasty. Flavor has honey and white bread, rather sweet, with red grape. Not quite a syrupy palate, this is on the thinner side of that. I definitely like it.
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to womencantsail, I think. Clear pale reddish and wine-colored with no head more or less. The aroma is of honey and wine grapes, maybe some berry notes. Really interesting flavor, like a red wine or port, oak, vanilla, and hazelnuts. Tasty and complex, really impressive. Medium-full bodied with little carbonation. Great stuff overall. One of their better meads that I’ve had.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a nice dark purple-red color with great clarity. An intense grape aroma to it, which is nice. But, there’s also some cough syrup qualities to it. Mild Kool Aid and booze. Things are pretty much the same on the palate. Big red grape and sweet grape juice flavors. Seems to have a slight tannic feel and a definite booziness.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 Bottle says 2008, but you’d think this would have more reviews if 3 years old... pours a dark purple, hint of amber... smells nice, light red wine mixed with honey, some enjoyable bitter tannins too... the taste is all red wine, almost impossible to distinguish from a mead or red wine except for the finish is very sweet, nice oak notes... mouthfeel is great, very tannic like a glass of wine... this is great
JAXSON (528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Steve for the bottle! Pours a clear ruby red. Nose is vinous, of cinnamon, sweet plums, red hard candies? Mouth is at first like a sweet, dark red wine, vinous and spicy. More cinnamon, then red raspberries, plums, other ripe red fruits. Sugars expressed beautifully. This is about 1000x better than any mead I’ve had, granted none of the others were even drinkable.
FlandersNed (13) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
6.3 oz bottle at the brewery. "Fermented and aged in an oak barrel for 2 years" - this had a rich, red, plum color. A blend of several different wines delivered a mixed berry/fruit/vinous/oak aroma.
Wonderfully complex - the grapes came through in the flavor, along with the oak, honeycomb and floral notes. Seemed very different than most of their meads and definitely lived up to the pyment classification. Full- body and appropriately semi-dry.