Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head (still). Body is medium yellow. Aroma is notes of honey, alcohol (somewhat fusel, bug spray / paint thinner), flowers, caramel, vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent, heavily alcoholic.
Some nice aromas, but theyíre marred by the higher alcohols. Very sweet in the mouth, but the astringency and acidity are ample at the end to keep it drinkable (for a mead). Overall a pretty straightforward sweet example, a la Redstone, but as with all too many meads, the fusels keep it from being a winner.
redOaks (13) - - MAR 3, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Itís hard to find a mead thatís so simplistic and not so overly sweet, and did you notice the alcohol content of 15.3% wow. I tried this with some cheddar cheese and crackers, so here goes. Floral honey notes in the flavor that play well with the cheese and crackers. Itís light but not watery, the finish is a little hot but when you think of the ABV itís really surprisingly light. Clarity was spot on brilliant, big legs and they wrap the glass.
b3shine (4236) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter (shared by jcwattsrugger). Looks good; a still and transparent honey. Smells solid; sweet, robust honey. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable.
magsinva (844) - Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split with DiarmaidBHK - pours clear gold with some sediment - aroma is overpoweringly floral, which I hate being assaulted by flowers. Hides the alcohol well, but it does have some sweet burn on the finish. Overall, solid, but too floral.
DiarmaidBHK (3138) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Connecticut beverage mart. Pours yellow with no head. Has some floral notes on the note. In addition to the honey has a bit of a floral thing. Hides the alcohol well. Solid but not amazing.
tcane7 (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour at NHC. Nose of sweet honey, alcohol, floral notes. Pretty clean, sweet finish.
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
easiest drinkin of the 4 moonlight meads i had. dry. pleasant apple. honeysuckle. good.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Michael Fairbrother. Iím including the Heather as a secondary rating as it hasnít been released to date.
Wildflower-Pours near water-white, faint yellow note. Still. Nose is really perfumey floral and baby powder, non-descript otherwise. Sweet honey and sugar, distinct ethanol notes as well. On tasting, soft and light vanilla. This is a sweet mead, but balanced. Very clean, warming ethanol. Nice sack mead, if a bit one-dimensional.
Heather-much preferred this one. Funky tartness and earthy notes to the nose. Wild honey, light on the florals. On tasting, clean and has an acidic slant that will mellow in time. Noted alcohol. Super interesting with a faint turpentine note that I kind of like. Canít wait to try this another 3 years or so.
MeadMe (1221) - Riverview, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice yellow hue. Aroma is rich sweet honey. Flavor is honey, sweet but not overly so. Light vanilla and a touch of oak. One of the best non polish traditional meads I have ever had.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavż in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Charles St. Liquors. Baby Duvel glass.
Clear, rich, straight gold body. Tiny, tiny particles. Uniform legs. Slight bit of foaming.
Smells is quite big on floral honey. Chamomile, cream, maple candies, apple acidity, wax. Fuming alcohol.
Somewhat sharp apple/malic acid forward taste. White sugar sweetness. Waxy floral/grassy honey. Tart lemon. Savignon Blanc. Bit of cardboard. Slippery body, subtly numbing. Grain & mushroom-like earthiness on the finish.
Went in expecting something rich & deep, but still enjoyed the bottle.