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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 507   ABV: 16.9%
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Once a year Moonlight Meadery releases one of it’s prized barrel aged meads, Utopian, the release for 2014 known as batch #7, has spent 3 years aging in a hand selected Utopias® barrel from Boston Beer Co. This highly sought after mead sells out each year, with only 24 cases being released in 2014. The mead picks up lots of unique notes from the barrels, and becomes softer and more refined with the additional aging. The flavor, reminiscent of a fine cognac, makes for a great after dinner treat. The semi-sweet honey notes, play off the oak making this a one of a kind mead, savor slowly as the 18% ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (355) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Alcohol and honey smell. Alcohol taste was a bit too heavy but there was some great sweet honey taste in there too with a mild pecan note that was pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
375 ml clear glass bottle. Pours a clear gold with no head. This is a still mead. Very pleasant aroma of sweet honey with oak and some Utopias vapors. The flavor is sweet honey with oak, vanilla, and some brandy-like Utopias. Not at all rough on the palate despite its abv, although there is a some booziness to this mead. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (4843) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Still clear light golden. Earthy champagne and honey aroma. Taste is sweet and tart with an earthy sweetness and a bit of a woody note. Too boozy hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (616) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours a light gold color. Aroma is brandy, sherry, vanilla and a whisp of coconut. Taste is sweet with taste of honey, brandy and alcohol. I was expecting this to take on a bit more of the Utopias characteristics and darker color. Still a good mead, but not really worth the $40 price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2012
pours a golden color and has some carbonation. smell is of citrusy honey and barrel notes that clearly of utopias. taste is a delicate citrus honey with minimal bees wax and clear utopias barrel notes. mouthfeel has a slight carbonation perhaps opening up the barrel notes. overall very enjoyable and lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7294) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Shane. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has sweet honey and green apple with a nice alcohol backing. Flavor starts with a good amount of dry honey with a backing note of utopia and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1338) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours a light golden color. Aromas of honey and oak. Light maple in the flavor with very subtle notes of oak. The honey sweetness is there beneath it all. I was expecting a bit more since it was in Utopias barrels but it was pretty good nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (4175) - Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Start with malt beer flavors and then an odd honey flavor hits. I’m new to meads and would probably have to retry this one

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