Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Crunchyís, East Lansing. Orange-reddish body, no head. Artificial-looking. Rather harsh and prickly, the main thought that came to mind while drinking this mead was "Booneís Farm Raspberry." Alcohol, raspberry syrup, honey, and band-aids. Iím glad to know this is a mead, though, because it wasnít advertised as such, and I wondered what I was drinking upon the first sip.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Tylerís in Chapel Hill, NC. Clear garnet color. No head. Carbonated. Smells of pears and grapes. Delicately sweet with flavor dominated by raspberry.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Papago
This is my first mead so I donít have anything to judge this one by.
Deep pinkish red with a small wispy head.
Fruity raspberry and light alcohol aroma
Thick sweet raspberry flavor and dry finish.
Very good hope to get my hands on more.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish amber, actually had a head much to my surprise. Aroma was gently of honey with a touch of dark fruit. Flavor was more honey sweetness, a bit of blackberry with some boysenberry syrup thrown in for good measure, and a honey finish. Light bodied, bordering on refreshing. Alcohol is utterly hidden. Perhaps not a "serious" mead, but enjoyable.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks good - blackish red and clear. Smells really nice, too - raspberry and honey (whatíd you expect?) Flavor is not bad, but it is sweet, as one would expect from a mead. the Raspberry come through in the nicely tart finish. My notes also indicate it is "abo neely tux".
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer #31 at the World Beer Festival in Durham, NC. Like itís sister beer, the Sunshine Nectar, this is a solid brew, very sweet, some nice alcohol on the palate, and a killer aroma. I like this more than the Sunshine Nectar I believe. It seems more authentic for some reason.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 05 media PArty. Draft.
Honey and raspberry to my utter lack of suprise were very present in t he aroma. Light purple in color. Guess what kids...honey and raspberry and a touch of waxy honey comb. Little alcohol presence in this one though. Still a fun drink.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF í05. Pink/purple color. Raspberry aroma with a honey and alcohol presence. Bright fruity flavor. Honey / raspberry. I just canít get into fruity meads - too simple.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Redbones and then bottled at Sunset Grille. Having tried this twice now, I can definitely say itís not a syrupy, cloying mess of a fruit mead. Quite dry, though still very up front with the raspberry flavor. The finish is probably the best part now, with a pure honey shot, light farmy/grassy notes and some light alcohol tones. A strawberry rhubarb to light chartreuse in the glass, it is actually on the lighter/thinner side for a mead, leaving less than substantial legs. Still a touch of bubbles left in it. Dosent seem fully polished and rounded yet, probably due to its young age. Has that sharp, yeast biproduct flavor that tastes kind of mineralesque and kind of like household chemicals (Iím guessing itís a yeast biproduct, though it could be something else, but it does seem to appear in young meads). Bit of orange rind and cinnamon, fairly loose overall, but still respectable and has a clear and pleasant dose of honey in it.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Flying Saucer, Houston. Pours a lovely magenta. Aroma is almost nonexistent, but I detect a berry presence. Flavor is as advertised, but is much too "winey" tasting-- yes, I realize itís a mead, but itís a bit too much on the wine side. Needs more fruit subdusion (is that a word???). Overall, itís not bad; Iíd probably have another someday.