shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light honey color. Aroma is of sweet honey. Flavor is of sweet honey, not as much as the aroma, very complex long finish with a hint of alcohol. Great mead!
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG DC 2006: Pale, straw colored body with no head. The aroma is wax, honey, and rich red clover. Taste is very sweet, with notes of clover, apples, honey, alochol, and fruit. Light bodied, rich, and very sweet.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. This looks just like champagne. The aroma is honey sweet goodness, but there’s a bit more of a chemical nose than the previous Jadwiga sampled. This is quite a bit thinner than the jadwiga as well. Delicious in its own right and should not be tasted right after the nirvana of jadwiga.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
RBSG 2006 Grand Tasting. Very clear light golden. Corn, honey and prominent alcohol in the nose. Very sweet with notes of grain, honey, alcohol and flowers. Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 06. Apis Jadwiga, as others have noted, is definitely a difficult act to follow. Sweet Melissa shows a light straw color in the class. Big nose, straightforward on the honey (like Sauternes, amped). Light, sugary finish; much less concentrated than Jadwiga.
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Bottle... RBSG2006... This mead rocks!... Clear, light yellow mead. Honey and perfume aroma with wild Summber herbals interlaced. Sweet and warming. Honey, rich and dark. Light oily mouthfeel. Warm, but not overbearing alcohol. Almost dries out in the end. Thanks to richlikebeer for pointing out the end of the bottle. All the good stuff must sink!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBSG06. Slightly hazy light yellow color. Sweet light honey aroma. Sweet spiced honey flavor.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Beer" #20 RBSG 06. Got to try this directly after the Apis Jadwiga, perhaps not entirely fair. Light blond in color, a touch thin in appearance. Aroma of slightly smokey bacon. Honey wax flavor, seet, but not overpowering. Rather nice actually. I found it to be very similar to the meads I’ve sampled previously from Smokehouse Winery.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
in comparison, much lighter that Jadwiga...which more or less set the tone for the rest of it...smell was great. sweet honey, berries, but the flavor had a medicinal tone to it that was detracting. thebody was also not nearly as viscous as its primary competition. an enjoyable meade, but a far cry from the top of the ladder.
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light golden liquid with tall legs. Honey, and exotic perfumes fill the nose. Lots of floral scents along with light spice of ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Honey fruit and flowers strewn about the place in the flavor. LIghtly warming on the the palate. This does not get thick and sticky, rather stays light and balanced through out. Certainly wouldn’t mind having more of this about. Thanks Tom for sharing.