Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2011
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. No head (still). Body is medium to dark yellow. Aroma is a strong note of diesel fuel / jet fuel, other notes of honey, acetone, wet concrete, apple skin. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, unclean. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic.
Wow. I don’t even know what to say. The primary aroma is exhaust from a tractor trailer mixed with that unmistakable smell when you’re setting on the tarmac on an airplane and the jet fumes permeate the cabin. Unreal. One of the most fusel meads I’ve ever sampled. I wish I was exaggerating. There is some honey in the nose too, but yow...so amazingly repellent. And it gets even worse/stronger as it warms up. I literally had to hold my breath to take a sip (and spit, as I’m simply not going to ingest something this fuselly). Some apple/pear in the retronasal aroma but I can’t get past the jet fuel in the glass to find much of it. Dirty aftertaste as you might imagine (ever tried siphoning fuel by sucking the hose and get some gas in your mouth?...arggh!). So sad, but yes...this is impossible to consume. Back to the store for a refund with this one. It’s all the more sad because I used to be a huge fan of this meadery. Doggone it.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Noog Four-0 5/31/08 shared by aracauna: Pours a pale champagne golden with nice sticky, clingy legs. Aroma of sweet, juicy Bartlett pears with light citrus and floral honey. Body starts effervescent and semi-sweet with a light fruity flavor and a dry semi-tart finish. A pretty nice mead.
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pale yellow color with no head. The aroma is honey, booze, and some cinammon. The flavor is sweet with some honey, pears, and assorted spices. Nothing special but it was ok.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color with no head. Aroma is pear and sweet honey. Flavor is pear, honey, with a dry tart finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Source: Tasting, Noog Four-O
Appearance: clear pale yellow, nice legs,
Aroma: strong pear aroma that fades as you get closer to the glass where it dries out and picks up hot alcohol,
Flavor: very hot dry honey flavor, touch of pear character, starts and finishes hot, bitterness takes over as it warms,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 9/20
aracauna (2997) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear gold and this is the first sparkling mead I can think of from Medovina. The pears are pretty subtle in this. The aroma actually starts out with a bit of a sulfury note. There’s the typical floral quality of a good mead and a slight heat in the finish.