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 (5532) - 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 (3251) - 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 (5357) - 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 (3236) - 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 (1094) - 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 (1379) - 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.
pstorvik (60) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 mL swing top. Underwhelming aroma but nice strong honey flavor. Raspberry flavor balanced but not quite right - I think needs more acid for tartness. Carbonation too low. Decent overall melomel.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice low alcohol mead at 8%. I really like that aspect. Thereís lots of bubbliness on the tongue, somehow, although this is a still mead. Extremely refreshing and light bodied. Itís kind of like a raspberry sprite, because it is so extremely thin. Think of a soda and youíre not far off. Thatís not a bad thing, just be prepared.
As I understand it, the Redstone Meadery is one of the U.S.ís preeminent meaderies, so I was expecting something hearty and rich from them. No doubt their "Honey Wine with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon Sticks", which Iím trying next, will fit that bill. Well done, guys.
As an aside, sampling the Black Raspberry Nectar side by side with rival Chateau Loraneís Marioberry Mead, I have to say the Redstone wins, but theyíre apples and oranges. The Marionberry is a frulty, tart wine cooler with syrupy texture. The Redstone Raspberry Nectar is extraordinarily thin for a "mead" and is lo-alcohol. Nothing in common.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served chilled and on tap at Barleyís. Absolutely gorgeous clear red color with no head. Smells a lot like a sweet wine to me, but Iím very new to mead. Tastes sweet and lo raspberries, with just a little alcohol in the finish. Lightly carbonated.