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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Black Raspberry Mead infused with Espresso Reserve coffee beans.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2014
A dark purple/red pour.reddish pink fizzy head-taste of premium coffee, dark raspberries and sweet honey, good mead

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle at RBWG. Lots of coffee in the aroma. The flavor has some nice dark fruity raspberry, fig and dates. Strong coffee. Very intense. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (7196) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark purple with no head. The aroma is strong coffee bean. Medium mouth, jammy berry, roast, lingering sweetness, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kguard (5) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2015 does not count
Very black and red mead. Sweet yet dryish and mildly bitter. Smell has a toast meet raspberry seed preserve. Very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2703) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Dan. Pours a clear pinkish purple color with no real head. Aroma is big berry and slight coffee. Really interesting but not as good as the imperial. Medium light body and medium carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed on September 19 at Travis house. Poured from a 500 mL bottle. This one is something else. The pour is a vibrant dark red/light purple color with a light purple tinted head on top that falls to a ring. The aroma is really different. There is a huge raspberry seed on the forefront, but then the coffee kind of inserts itself. Its a weird combination of scents. The raspberry wants to dominate with its syrupy foodness, but the coffee just wont let it take hold. The flavors are very similar. There is an excellent raspberry jam thats broken up by the coffee, and neither flavor can really get a good balance together. The mouth feel is syrupy and thick, not quite what Im looking for in a mead. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity coffee and strangely sweet. This was something else, for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (5545) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle. Ruby purple pour. Tart blackberry, sour tones, honey, dark and sweet tones. Aromas have blackberry and sweet tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2157) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
Dark dark red/purple. Smells like a fortified red wine. Taste is dark berries with an artificial sweetness, kinda like eating the filling from a dunkin donut jelly filled. Flavors are a little too strong in the one to the point where its too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14558) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle @ home. Thanks, Adam. Deep purple pour. Nice clarity. Great coffee and raspberry jam on the nose. Slight chocolate and roasted malts, too. The flavor has a nice balance of sweet honey and fruity berry to the bitter coffee and roastiness. Slight tang on the finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
500 mL bottle supplied by StFun -- many thanks!
Opened on a partially cloudy 60F noon while I tended to my lavender patch.

To oversized snifter, it pours a ruby-tinted dark purple; light pinkish carbonation rose and fell on top -- took roughly 4 seconds. More bubbles than the barrel aged version, thats for sure. But the liquid still looks pretty much the same. Maybe a hair brighter.

Aromas of raspberry pure, a slight Merlot-like acidity, fir bark, and unsurprisingly, nail polish.
Tastes much the same with the addition of sweat, tart cherry juice, and American ale yeast. Clover honey, dark roast ground coffee, kiwi skins, and a mysterious medicinal note experienced by mid-palate to swallow. This is a touch fruitier than the barrel aged edition, but also very similar. I liked that with the Imperial, its flavors were a bit more subtle. Oh, yeah, and this is as watery as the BA version: the vinous quality is still deeply part of this mead; definitely gave me the impression I was drinking a Merlot or some other red wine with an undertaste of artificial sweetness and slight acidity. Coffee was harder to detect this time round, which was unfortunate. Id have this again: its a decent and interesting mead after all, but Im not sure Id go out of my way to hunt this down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9151) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pour out of bottle, dark purple-black pour, still pour. Aroma brought notes of big raspberry, dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate covered raspberry, nice roasty note into some honey, vanilla. Taste was a mix of honey, raspberry, vanilla into a bit of cocoa powder, roast into green espresso, finishing sweet.

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