RateBeer
overall
44
39
style
Brewed by Lurgashall Mead
Style: Mead
Lurgashall, England

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

distribution
unknown

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 495   ABV: 16.5%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Called Reserve Mead in the UK and Special Reserve Mead in USA. ABV is around 16.5 - 17%.
Despite the annual dating, the recipe is the same each year.
Matured for six months in Oak Barrels which have previously been used for rum and whisky maturation. The mead picks up flavours of the whisky and rum, and is then filtered and bottled. The finished product is a completely different type of mead, more complex and drier than traditional versions.


ClarkVV's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2005 Reserve, from the bottle as part of a mead flight at Sunset Grill on 11/17/07
Excessively clear, light honey body with no head and very flimsy legs.
Heavily floral aroma with light notes of lavendar and moist woodchips that belie the very filtered/pasteurized presentation. Not much whiskey or rum, just some light vanillin and more dry honey notes. Hints of cinnamon and allspice finish it off, with the transition from note to note very quick. It never really gives you anything to hang on to. Medium to medium low strength of aroma with some alcohol dryness on the finish.
Tastes like wildflowers and clover, as usual, with flour and bits of plastic. Lurgashall meads tend more dry, so the texture is left very susceptible to this plasticy/flouriness that dulls the already mild flavor. Not much oak and with an odd, fleeting stickiness and a snap of spicy phenols on the end. Novel and more something that makes you just want to say "what the hell is this?". Not particularly offensive, nor is it something Iíd get again. Alcohol is not rampant relative to how strong it is.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle, 2009 vintage, shared at game night with Parksy, phantomhennes, and heavylaevy. Golden body with medium viscosity, still. Sweet aroma of honey, light pineapple, light vanilla, floral undertones. Sweet floral honey balanced by a nice fruity acidity, pineapple coming in again, oaky vanilla in the finish. This ends with a light tartness, which greatly adds to the drinkability for me. I expected a cloying honeyed oak mess, but Iím happy to be completely wrong! This turned out to be a huge surprise hit!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Vintage 2009, pours a golden color with decent legs in the glass, aroma is quite sharp with honey and oak notes, smells pungent. Flavor is sharp as well, almost cloying but not quite, honey dominates and there are subtle oak hints, not sure why it has such weak rating on here, its not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11278) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
Golden with a small white head. Aroma of oak and honey with a dusty note. Strong and sweet honey flavour ith a hint of walnut.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9616) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 27, 2011
500ml bottle (ChrisOís post-GBBF2011 Wednesday)
A slick and oily viscous fluid, looks like it will be sticky. Honey alcohol and molasses dominate the aroma, but thereís a sharpness too. Sharpness comes out more in the mouth, and in fact dominates. Itís aided by the bite of 17% alcohol. Too sharp for me. for 17% meads, give me the mjod style instead.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14108) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle @ Chris Oís. Thanks guys. Pours clear golden with no head. Rice, honey, oak and alcohol. Warmth from alcohol. Sweet and cloying.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011
Bottle at ChrisO & Ruthís - Thanks. Clear golden - no head. Sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, light wooden notes, oakey, sharpness, alcoholic, almonds, earhty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2011

Bottle 500ml. clear glass.

ABV: 17.0%. Clear light to medium yellow colour with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate honey, wood, earthy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and light light bitter with a average to long duration, honey, spicy, wood - oak bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20110731]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2011 500ml bottle at 17.0%. Straw colour. light honey (obviously) aroma. Touch of rubber. Sweet on the palate but not too sticky or unctuous. I donít think Iíll ever be a great mead fan but this was pretty drinkable and light.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
750 ml bottle shared with family. 2006 vintage Special Reserve. Poured into a small port glass, it is a warm golden yellow in color, flat. Aroma is honey, touch of spice, vanilla, dandelions, oak. It has a subtle flavor hint of golden rum - cane sugar? Flavors are heavy on sweetness, a little melon, honey, doughy bread. Finish is cloying, overly sweet. Not my favorite mead so far, but all around not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1184) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pale light golden color. Aroma is of rum and honey. Taste is a tart honey flavor. Has a tart and sweet bite in the end. Not bad at all.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 5


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50