umich03jm (3298) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Darsh! Aroma is amazing. Huge honey and raspberry, subtle espresso and red grapes. Tastes like jammy raspberry and espresso, loads of smooth bourbon, red wine finish. A tad thin in the body but this is delicious.
Pailhead (6273) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of tectactoe
Bottle: The aroma consists of big coffee, raspberry, bourbon, alcohol, honey, and a touch of smoke. It?s a a deep purplish-red with some transparency and no head. There are some decent legs left behind after a couple swirls. The flavor starts with moderate raspberry and light honey. The finish has light coffee, faint burnt flavors, bourbon, and vinous notes. It?s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
koleminer20 (1850) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Chris. The pour is a deep bloody red color with a thin collar of pink head and no lace. The aroma is heavy coffee and raspberry. The coffee dominates. The flavor is heavy booze and rolls through the raspberries. The coffee is big on the back end, and finishes hard. The mouth feel is thin and light with a soft carbonation and a great lingeringly fruity aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tchaos (428) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from the meadery. Pours a deep purple-red with a wisp of carbonation. Aroma is earthy, tannic, fruity...taste is a nice balance of deep fruit, mild honey, earthy, spicy coffee. The barrel, in some magic fashion, helps balance out the contrast of the fruit and coffee, which fight ever so slightly in the base -- in the imperial version, things are rounded and softened a bit. Very solid mead -- New Day keeps making more of an impact on my mead radar.
Errl (2439) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...Pour is dark red with a white head..Nosebis coffee, spice, musty,..Taste is spice, musty, honey, barrel, juicy, coffee, fruits..
rxeight (2349) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Sugary artificial raspberry, like you find in a jelly filled donut. Boozy red wine, oak. Dry, almost stale coffee. I prefer the regular version.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of growler, thick oily blackish-purple pour, no head still pour. Aroma brought notes of dark raspberry, oak, cocoa into thick coffee, the bourbon comes in with some vanilla, touch of honey, slight spice, a bit muddled. Taste is a mix of honey, chocolate, espresso bean into a bit of coffee bean, some raspberry and berry notes into some honey, more bourbon and almost a sour grainy note, finishing slightly bitter, sweet. The flavors are a bit muddled, prefer the original version.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks, Darshaun. Brilliant color of red wine, translucent & topped with a pink & lavender stained head that evaporates into nothing literally within seconds of pouring. Huge legs on the glass when swirled. Looks like wine. Aroma is so damn unique, hard to describe. Definitely get the underlying notes of juicy raspberry, along with cherry, red grape, & a moderate red wine sting. Some dry wood notes along the edges. HUGE, dry-ass coffee beans layered over the top of everything with a slight roasty char in the very back-end. No "bourbon" on the nose. Flavor is in the same caliber of uniqueness. Flavors of raspberry pie filling, both sweet & lightly acidic with softer tones of cherry, Pinot Noir, burnt coffee beans, dry staves of old wood, & a mild kiss of vanilla towards the end. There’s a moderate honey-like sweetness mid-palate, but this mead dries things out insanely well in the finish, leaving a mostly tannic & dry, woody aftertaste. Bordering on astringent, but it stops just shy. I’ve had nothing like this. Really tasty & certainly unique.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks Secret Santa
The bourbon barrel is noticeable but plenty of base mead very much present. Very warming alcohol that is not as sweet nor quite as fruity as non BA version... A tad more coffee around the edges. Be honest I like the non Imperialized version better but this is still tasty enough.
charule (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FOBAB 2014, numbers are right, descriptions are difficult to read. Poured purple. Crazy coffee sweet berry all over.