BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Papago: Nice fresh blackberry aroma, lightly tart though itís definitely far from a lambic sour/tart scent, along with some hints of clover/flowers. The taste is actually quite a bit less sweet than I expected - the sparkling carbonation probably helps to keep this down. Blackberry flavors are well integrated within the mead, showing themselves as the highlight but not completely taking over. Light sugar and honey hit the palate later, then finishes with some interesting earthy/wax/honey notes that seem somewhat dry and provide a nice contrast to the mild sweetness inherant in the flavor. This is definitely not too sweet, and much less so than many other meads Iíve tasted. Light-medium bodied, lively carbonated, lightly sticky, though the carbonation really makes this one quick drinkable.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap. Sampled at the 2006 San Diego Festival of Beers 9/22/06. Deep purple color with no head. The aroma was quite sweet and the taste was incredibly fruity. It is extremely drinkable, its good I wasnít driving because it tastes like the abv should be 2.5% if that.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wife asked for a sample of this while at Papago. Due to alochol content she only took a sip. Had a great blackberry aroma. Flavors of blackberry and sugar sweetness. Somewhat tart and a sticky fruit aftertaste on palate.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smelled like a berry soda, or candy. Flavor was very sweet, like a wine cooler, without the fizz. Very fruity, but too sweet and syrupy. ABV noticed as it warmed.
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Bottle. Pours a still ruby red. Only a fleeting bubble or two on the surface. Nose is berry-ish but not really overpowering and doesnít have much honey aroma either. The taste is a soft honey mead with raspberry preserves added. Thatís the easiest way for me to describe it. Body is light and dry towards the end. Very slick feel as well. Finishes with more berry notes, light honey-ish flavors and mild alcohol. Overall, itís not too sweet or honey flavored. Thereís some soft berry notes, but otherwise itís kind of tame.
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to kp or was it aracauna for sharing this at the room tasting following the RFD tasting.
Clear diluted cherry red with no head.
Fresh berry aroma, little to no honey.
Light and fruity, not overly sweet.
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle, post RBSG RFD tasting, enjoyed in the company of aracauna, springslicker, kp, and Hopscotch. Pours a clear bright blush red. Aroma is sweet with raspberry, honey, and lighter floral notes. Flavor is semi-sweet with a nice black raspberry flavor. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Pretty nice. My first rated true mead, so not really sure what all Iím looking for, but I guess thatís the point of the journey.
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear purple and with soda-like carbonation. A bit of a fruit soda aroma. Very little of the extected mead or honey aromas of most of the meads Iíve had.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Brew Kettle 3/15/06: Ruby red cranberry juice appearance, slight CO2 presence from the tap. Honey aroma is very strong w/ a floral blackberry notes. Lighty alcohol presence and spicyness; pretty straight forward. Light raisiny red wine flavor w/ a bit of sourness and sulphury yeast. Blackberry fruit is evident, but subtle. Well balanced overall and carries into the finish w/ a bit of semi sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth, with a bit of astringency ot keep if from being slick. Well hidden alcohol in the mouth. Nice drinkability. Not too sweet or overly fruity to make it a one glass drink
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is is like an alcoholic soda. Pink color with no head. Raspberry apple juice aroma. Raspberry flavor with a hint of alcohol in the finish. Very thin. Alcoholic soda pop.