Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 27 Sep 2008) Clear red colour with no head. Still. Fruity, tart nose with distinct notes of cranberries and cowberries. Fruity, tart taste with cowberries, cranberries and hints of spices. Brilliant balance between sweetness and tartness. Very nice mead.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy red. Spicy and fruity nose with some lightly medicinal accents. Medium body with tart cranberry notes and a discreet underlying honey sweetness. Finishes slightly acidic. 200908
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy red with no head. Sweet aroma with cranberry, honey and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with ripe cranberries, cinnamon, honey and caramel notes. Ends sweet with warming alcohol.
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
There is a floral honey aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a slight alcohol burn. The honey is prominent in the finish.
bhensonb (12969) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Small bottle shared with Marcus. Sweet cranberry/honey aroma. Brilliant garnet color. Medium body, no carbonation. Flavor impression is Milk of Magnesia. Chalky. Finish to me is primarily fruity Milk of Magnesia. Very strange.
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. (12%) Clear dark red perfectly still. Aroma of cinnamon, caramel and cranberries. Slimmed and elegant with restrained sweetness. Freshening and quite drinkable despite it’s size.
ChefsWife (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2007 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This mead has a glorious color which invites the temptation to taste it. It is great on its own but also quite interesting when mixed with Mountain Meadows Agave Mead.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Pale red colour. Aroma of (what else?) cranberry along with some apple and cinnamon. Ice wine sweetness with a light vineous aroma. Fairly dry feeling in the mouth, cranberry tartness, fruity flavour and surprisingly dry considering the aroma. Quite tasty.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Magenta color with some orange tints. Aroma of cranberry, strawberry, honey and some earthy floral notes. Honey, and floral flavors with some tart cranberry notes. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a style I don’t have much experience with, but I found this pretty enjoyable.
Ernest (6908) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
RBSG Portland 2004.
No head (still). Body is dark red. Aroma is note of honey, cranberry, flowers. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, flat carbonation, lightly astringent. I wasn’t expecting a fruited mead when I ordered this (at Alameda Brewing I think), but it was pretty obvious this was cranberry from the first whiff. As such, it’s too much like a cranberry wine might be like, other than the thick body; the mead character doesn’t shine much here.