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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Black Raspberry Mead infused with Espresso Reserve coffee beans.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bule (1854) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2016
500ml bottle pours a dark purple color without an head. Strong coffee aroma. Strong coffee flavor at first that clashes with all other flavors as they appear.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot8726 (87) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Dark purple pour with no head. Big coffee on the nose that is subdued in the taste by black raspberries but does come through a bit more pronounced on the finished. Wierd combo but pretty damn good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (1151) - - MAR 27, 2016
Purple pour. Nose is coffee, a touch of berries. Taste is berries, some coffee. Light mouthfeel. Weird combination but really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2016
tap - Pours very dark amber and has a big, big coffee aroma that I could smell from a foot or two away. The flavor is of coffee, honey, and some tart berries. Medium bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Deep red. Raspberry, coffee. Sweet. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - 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 (10519) - 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 (3150) - 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 (2591) - 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. It’s a weird combination of scents. The raspberry wants to dominate with its syrupy foodness, but the coffee just won’t let it take hold. The flavors are very similar. There is an excellent raspberry jam that’s 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 I’m looking for in a mead. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity coffee and strangely sweet. This was something else, for sure.

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