Bacterial (1200) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler sent to me by David - thanks! Pours a beautiful deep purple with a slight purple head. Nose is coffee, dark berry and oaky. Taste is wonderfully complex, sweet, lots of black raspberry character, fades into coffee and then into some nice bourbon heat. Flavors are getting deeper and more complex as my growler warms. An exceptional example of a great mead.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The Lets do a Chris O tasting. Pours black/red, nose is a bit weird but the taste is wonderful, coffee, cherry and blackberry to the fore with the honey coming through at the back end, wonderful.
allmyvinyl (2166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours rich purple-red, no head. Roasted coffee dominates the nose, berries behind. Taste is blackberry and vanilla, some heat. Doesn’t smell like it looks, doesn’t taste like it smells. Strange but good. Another surprise from the world of mead.
Fin (7013) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Craig at Craigs doing a Chris O tasting, Edingburgh (ta for the beer Craig) Saturday 15th March Lovely rich red colour, big coffee on nose, quite bizarre but works very well, tangy fruity and not too sweet. I like it a lot. A6 A4 T8 P4 Ov14 3.6
cgarvieuk (13160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting... deep red brown ... thin lacing ... dark sweet berries ...dark coffee ... lightest honey nose ... big big berry ... soft sweet roast coffee .,, massive soft cherry linger ... sweet chocolate ... this is Really odd but lovely
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at RBWG Asheville. Deep purple color, flat. Aroma of berries, light swet vanila. Taste is boozy berries, vanilla, coffee. Decent.
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/4/14. Flip-top thanks to b3shine. Dark purple pour with a small purplish head that fades, good legs in the glass. Big coffee aroma, sweet berries, honey, grape wine. Reminds me of a cheap red moscato or other sweet red wine with a bunch of coffee aded in. The flavor reminds me of all of that but also makes me think of cherry or grape Tootsie Pops, oddly enough. Not bad, but the regular Breakfast Magpie was better.
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from 1/6 donated for RBWG GT. Looks just like the regular version. Aroma is the same as well. Only difference I was getting was the body seemed a little hotter on this one. The flavor also finished with a bit more booziness from the bourbon but it was slight and gave a bit of vanilla as well. Still very nice and very differnet.
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RBWG - thanks for the keg donation! Pours an opaque ruby color with a raspberry-tinted head; looks just like the regular one. More coffee in this one than in the regular, from the taste of it. Plenty of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, and of course honey. Full-bodied, with a rich, vinous, sweet, barely tart mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The aroma doesn’t quite pop like the flavor, but this is really good and interesting all the way around.
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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>> Thanks b3shine for the pour. Inky purple pour, wicked purple foam. Nose is less coffee assertive compared to the normal Magpie, lower blackberry. Taste is muted, lower acid, not assertive, more tannic Welsch’s grape juice, big concord sweet grape. Meh.