patrick767 (3232) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap - Pours near black and smells mainly of coffee and alcohol. It tastes sweet up front with honey and coffee. The tart, sour character comes through more as it lingers on the palate. 11 months on bourbon barrels? Iím not getting bourbon. Itís interesting and different, definitely not what one would expect from a mead. That said, Iím not as sold on it as previous reviewers, but definitely give it a try.
b3shine (3506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft to snifter. Looks good; a carbonated and fairly opaque black raspberry. Smells and tastes good too; like the base with a light but nice oaky presence. Not a lot of bourbon though. Nice on the palate. Awesome!
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at La Margarita (Indianapolis, IN). Right around the corner from New Day. Referred here by staff (Owner Tia) for a rarity. Thanks a bunch! Pours a deep blackish brown hue, darker middle, well hazed, ruby glowing raspberry hued edges are potent and prominent, good color, faint frothy head dies to a small ring, laces small. Pretty colors. Aromas offer raspberry, a bit of cocoa, roast. Gentle honey, red fruit, pulpy raspberry meets some decent coffee, espresso, and cocoa. Some gentle sweetness, oak, vanilla, mellow barrel presence. Initial is medium bodied, preaching a sharp raspberry pulpy presence, crimson berry, gentle coffee. Pulpy, the mead quickly moves into some darkness, mellow roast. Coffe element is subtle up front, moving into rich pulpy raspberry, black raspberry juice. A touch of sweetness. Mellow oak, coffee elements. Some cocoa, like a raspberry decadent drink, some cocoa, bit of oak. Barrel really is covered up by that juicy black raspberry element, full pulpy and juicy presence. Backend shows a bit of oak, coffee, but still a firm inviting raspberry presence overall. Rich, deep, flavorful. Some espresso and coffee beans compliment a abit, but in future batches could use a bit of an upped presence. Not to say this is bad, but it needs more contrast. More coffee. Oak is gentle, faint kiss of spirit mixes with thay rich pulpy raspberry element, juicy and a bit tart. Finish is gentle tart raspberry, cocoa, and honey. Mellow dark fruit, kiss of vanilla. Needs a richer dose of coffee. Really nice mead overall, well balanced. But if I didnít know what it actually was, I would not know it was supposed to focus on coffee as much. Really nice. For itís focus, needs to rework a bit. Rich and flavorful, quite lovely mead overall though. Honor to try.
radarsock (626) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Canít believe I havenít rated this yet. Now Iím going to. Shared with Jblauvs at his Amesbury flat a good while ago. This bottle was altruistically bought at the source and shipped to New England by StFun, the one and only. Many thanks! First off, this is dark and watery. Second, itís winelike; "portlike" as expressed by Jblauvs, is as accurate as anything before it. I got a gentle encounter with used French oak, espresso beans, oxidation, and cough syrup when I first took a sip. After it lingered for ten or so minutes, the only thing that changed was that it had taken on a tarter description than before. It may be working on a combined sour-sweet flavor profile, but it indisputably has aromas of nail polish, leather, and oak. In a lot of respects, this isnít my normal pick for a mead. For one, it kind of tastes like stale tart cherry juice, but I find that to be amusingly endearing and so I didnít write it off. Itís medicinal and fruity, underlines with boozy warmth, oak. The beans die out if you let it sit for a while.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Radarsock.
Pour is an ominous dark purple, very port like in viscosity. Aroma is coffee grinds, ruby port, brown sugar, low blackberry notes and sweet honey. Slippery mouthfeel, like velvet. Flavor is raspberry liquor, milk chocolate, sweet sherry, barrel notes and bitter raspberry seed finishes. Sweet and very portlike, but delicious in small amounts.
jbrana (245) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is really unique and interesting on the palate. Has a really nice coffee presence, but a very juicy tart blackberry flavor as well. Has a hint of young, boozy whiskey and oak.
Loineshawn (3006) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
swingtop growler shared by radarsock. big pungent cherry, honey cough drops. fruit snacks. kid vitamin fruit. weird toffee presence. booze well hidden. easy drinkin. fun to drink.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 lit growler thanks to josh. Tanks buddy... Pours a seductive deeper reddish stout pour, extremely inviting and smooth like a deeper shade of velvet goodness while being topped with a minimal thin light pink berry head... Aroma of coffee centricnessm upfront with underlying blackberry and milder vanilla notes. Tantalizing and grasping all at once. Coffers empowering somewhat dominant but the subordinant roles still play a heavy factor... Notes are more so the flavor aspect but seem attributable to the nose. Semi-sweet coffee with a dark fruity twang that really pulls together in the end. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation unlike the expected still meads that we are expected of. Quite good and unique in its own right.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from StFun!!! This is an awesome treat, and a very unique and delicious mead. The aroma is mostly coffee with very light berry hints. Deep, red-wine colored pour. Light carbonation. The palate is excellent, and a welcome break from thick, syrup meads. The flavor is a great balance. Coffee, notes of chocolate covered raspberries, and a hint of oak. Delicious, easy to drink stuff.