ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle from the brewery, drunk 11/28/15.
Clear, soft-apricot-lemon colored body has a fair amount of sediment on the bottom, but it is all left behind.
As with many of my old bottles, I’m incredibly regretful of keeping them so long. Was just so irrationally obsessed with aging things but, while a mead can certainly handle some age, fruit can not and it’s utterly stupid to age this thing as long as I did. Thus, there is very little left of the fruit, at this point it’s just soft esters, with some apricot maybe being noticeable? Doubtful though and no way you’d pick it out blind. In its place, a very soft honey character, with light white bread and some peppery phenols. Minor oxidation, no flaws and no alcohol.
Again in the flavor, the fruit has all but vanished. It does seem like you get some raspberry and apricot acidity, and maybe some dry, blueberry skin-like character, but again, I’m confident you wouldn’t pick up on this blind. Honey is lightly sweet, with a riesling/gruner character, light vanilla and very, very low carbonation. Still, as it warms and breathes (and sits out over night) it shows a perfectly capable mead whose only flaw is that it was aged 11 years. Very much keeping that in mind with my scoring.
AirForceHops (6076) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle thanks at Clark VV. 2004 vintage. Clear gold color. Aroma is homey and rotten apricots, maybe a hint of a berry.
Flavor has lost something over time. The Apple is here but faded, I don’t get Berry or other fruit. Just old honey, traces its of oxidation. Still somewhat drinkable.
WillRunForBeer (2245) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by ClarkVV. Thanks, Clark! 2004 bottle! Pours light orange gold. Still. Aroma is honey, cardboard, earth. This is clearly past its prime, but still drinkable. Peach flavor is still there, honey, and cardboard oxidation.
Chalumeaux (1039) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle thanks ClarkVV 2004 vintage. Golden color with aroma of cinnamon and apples. Taste is faded apples and bitter honey. I am sure this was good years ago.
AdamChandler (4507) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a 2004 vintage from Clark!!!! Thanks man for sharing. This is a golden color...obviously still. The smell is baked apples and cinnamon. This smells stupid good. I’d say the apricot dominates of the listed fruit. There’s a lot of basement mold taste to this, the apple is faded to a very bitter honey. I get a faint blueberry apricot and a little bit of banana. Unique, thin, low-sweetness. I like it.
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey in color (of course). No head (obviously). Smells like strong sweet honey. Flavor is definitely some moldy honey and old fruit. For how old this is, that’s not surprising.
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
<b>7/28/2007</b>: Kuhnhenn Michigan Mixer Melomel is a still mead that is golden in color. It has nutty sunflower, light raspberry, and some floral blueberry notes in the aroma and flavor. The finish is slightly dry. This mead has a medium+ body and is delicate on the palate. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Kuhnhenn makes great beer and excellent mead! I want more!
<i>Sample from 375 mL bottle (11.5% ABV) shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks! Rating #6 for this mead...</i>
alexsdad06 (8903) - Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Second mead I have tasted. Pours a clear light amber color with no head. The aroma is honey (again), floral, light alcohol, and fruity. The flavor is honey, some light spice, peaches, some apple and pear as well, and a touch of alcohol (not quite 11.5% though). A touch on the dry side. This is very easy to drink.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared but puddintane. Aroma was of a light fruitiness and sweetness with some floral notes. Flavor was really smooth and a lot light than most other meads ive had. Not alcohol really noticable at all in this one.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Puddy at C-bus 8. Big thanks to Dave for this treat. Nice golden color with no head. The aroma was very floral with background of sweet honey and apples. Great balanced flavor of flowers, honey and light fruits--pears, apples and some subdued berry tastes. Easy to drink with only a hint of the alcohol. Damn good!