misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark purple/red pour.reddish pink fizzy head-taste of premium coffee, dark raspberries and sweet honey, good mead
vtafro (4924) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby purple pour. Tart blackberry, sour tones, honey, dark and sweet tones. Aromas have blackberry and sweet tones.
rxeight (1937) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 it’s too much.
brokensail (13596) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
radarsock (1120) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle supplied by StFun -- many thanks!
Opened on a partially cloudy 60°F 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, that’s for sure. But the liquid still looks pretty much the same. Maybe a hair brighter.
Aromas of raspberry purée, 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. I’d have this again: it’s a decent and interesting mead after all, but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to hunt this down.
arminjewell (8672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
tchaos (336) - Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky purple. Aroma is a mix of fruit and coffee. Pleasant mouthfeel with slight carbonation. Raspberry upfront, coffee and tartness on the finish. A very interesting mead
Block (1756) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is super interesting. Lots of raspberry but at the same time there is a lot of coffee. It just works really well together. More fruit upfront and more coffee at the finish. Real good.
cards04 (2370) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really good. Pours a deep blood red with purple tinges. Aromas are fresh espresso beans and jammy raspberries. I’ve never had anything quite like this. Flavors are raspberry jam and espresso. A delicious combination. Awesome!
BBB63 (6473) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: If this is so intense I can only imagine what the Imperial version will be like. Big raspberries, moderate honey and faint coffee. The alcohol is shockingly present at first but does mellow as it aired out. My dad even liked this.
jbrana (590) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is good, but could be way bitter. The coffee is a bit too strong and takes away from the potential juicy black raspberry flavor, and it is completely undercarbed (Drinking from a bottle a month after the release). All that to say, the black raspberry and coffee work well together and has a unique palette.