boto (1937) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle is great!. The beer is quite good too! It does foam quite a bit when pouring: it took me quite awhile to get the glasses filled with something other than foam. It was also difficult to get the cork out without a corkscrew. Light in color. The fermented honey gives it a distinctive flavor. Light, dry and still a little sweet. No real maltiness or hoppiness to it at all. Very unique.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle, which is a real beaut as UnionMade noted. Clear golden color, with massive fragile, wispy head that sticks around much longer than I would have thought. Nose has some dry, winelike qualities, but also a beeriness that didn’t quite seem to work for me; too wheaty or something. On the tongue, very very heavily carbonated, light, honey qualities apparent from the first, very yeasty, slight pepperiness, nice finish and mouthfeel. I’d say its closest to a Belgian Singel with some honey; very good but at 6% alcohol its not really like most meads.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2003 Vinous qualities, honey, beeswax, chardonnay like nose. Clean rich white head. Light golden honey hue. Minty taste first, very light footed palate, finishes crisp, but then a long lingering honey finish. I really enjoy this, and the limited production and distribution will malke it popular I believe. Interesting, and mysterious, magic has a decent brew finally?!
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, the bottle is awesome. Black frosted glass tapering down in a cone, with a small label on the bottom. The cork has the little Magic Hat dingbat star all around it. Very cool. Packaging gets a 9 (10 if they actually screened on the bottle) The beer itself gives off a powerful aroma of pure honey and apples. It’s a pale golden color, with a large white head. To me, the beer tastes remarkably belgian. Very fruity and effervescent. I recommend a wide goblet style glass to bring out the full bouquet. Very clean and rich. The malts mingle expertly with the honey and apple taste. Hops are light and finish off the taste with a clean snap. Honey lingers for a short while after. I’m not too familiar with mead, but this is certainly not what I’m used to when I drink honey ale (as advertised on the label). Very belgian. My only complaint is that it seems this will be an extremely limited release, and won’t be available permanently. I paid abut $10 for a 750ml bottle at the brewery, which is also sort of expensive. The beer is very very good, however. Worth the experience.