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. There’s lots of bubbliness on the tongue, somehow, although this is a still mead. Extremely refreshing and light bodied. It’s kind of like a raspberry sprite, because it is so extremely thin. Think of a soda and you’re not far off. That’s not a bad thing, just be prepared.
As I understand it, the Redstone Meadery is one of the U.S.’s preeminent meaderies, so I was expecting something hearty and rich from them. No doubt their "Honey Wine with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon Sticks", which I’m trying next, will fit that bill. Well done, guys.
As an aside, sampling the Black Raspberry Nectar side by side with rival Chateau Lorane’s Marioberry Mead, I have to say the Redstone wins, but they’re 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 Barley’s. Absolutely gorgeous clear red color with no head. Smells a lot like a sweet wine to me, but I’m very new to mead. Tastes sweet and lo raspberries, with just a little alcohol in the finish. Lightly carbonated.
DJMonarch (9173) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2011 1. Bottle (small sample) at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Amber red coloured and strong in alcohol. Slightly rich on the palate. Fruity raspberry aroma and flavour. Warming finish.
2. From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010
Some fruit aroma. Golden red coloured and fruity with a hint of dryness in the finish.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good hearty aroma of honey with a mild hint of black raspberry introduce this purple solution. This mead doesn’t produce a head but it does have good lacing. This rich mead is crisp and sweet with a strong taste of honey that grabs the tongue. The finish finds the flavor of black raspberry creeping in as this taste prepares itself to linger a while in the throat.
argo0 (12818) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle) Carbonated pink/red body with quickly fading pink head. Aroma is moderately sweet, raspberry, blackberry, light strawberry, orange, cantalope. Medium body with some carbonation and light syrup. Taste is moderately sweet, raspberry, blackberry, some syrup, light astringency, faint cinnamon. If you told me it was a fruit beer I would have no reason to doubt it. Think Shasta and you’re in the ballpark.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark pink in color with noticeable carbonation. Aroma of raspberry and grapes with some alcohol. Raspberry and very sweet in flavor with a little hint of alcohol. Decent mead, but not outstanding.
Silphium (3191) - 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 Crunchy’s, 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 "Boone’s Farm Raspberry." Alcohol, raspberry syrup, honey, and band-aids. I’m glad to know this is a mead, though, because it wasn’t 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 Tyler’s 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 don’t 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 (3671) - 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.