ClarkVV (3892) - 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.
hopscotch (9065) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2006 Bottle... Clear, garnet mead with a small, wispy, pink head. Smells nice... raw vanilla and berries. Sweet, of course, but not overbearing. Fruity and vineous. Medium-bodied, oily and barely carbonated. The finish is sweet, tangy and finally dry. Rich and enjoyable. Iíll never buy it again as itís mighty spendy, but Iím glad I splurged today.
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours mahagoney to raspberry in color with no head and fizzy/bubbly. Raspberry malt aroma. Sweet raspberry malt flavor with a smooth fizzy finish. Medium bodied and fizzy palate.
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Found this in Peace St. Market, Raleigh, and I paid $10.99 for it. At 8% ABV, how the hell did they get this into North Carolina?! The pour is a lovely burgundy with miniscule pink head. Aroma of blackberries, watermelon, cherries, big honey. Classify this as you wish, but the aroma is a 9. Tastes blackberryish, with a gigantic honey presence at the finish, coupled with some red raspberries and watermelon. I detected no alcohol, and loved this one. AAARGH! MATEY!...if you donít like this mead Iíll make you walk the damn plank. The finish isnít as complex as the best beers, but this one is worth a try.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled draught at Amnesia Brewing, Portland
Ruby color, no head (moot). Nose is fruity & tangy with cranberry & blackberry. The flavor is tangy, almost like a blackberry Shasta. Eh.
JMerritt (1789) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light pink in color. Sweet/tart aroma of raspberries and some apples. Very sweet, with raspberry tartness most evident. Very lightly carbonated, and a tad thin in the palate.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: sweet rasberries, sugar, and flowers
Appearance: shiny red-purple, small white head
Flavor: sweet, fruity, lots of rasberries and honey
Palate: little thin and bubbly
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is light pink with a thin pinkish purple head...smell is very similiar to a raspberry cider...sweet and tart...taste is sweet followed by an astringent dryness with a fruity medicinal quality...finish is very dry and alcoholic like a cheap White Zin...my first mead...I would probably try it again though...
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, pink, fully diminishing. Body is dark purple-red. Aroma is a note of a chemical fire (somewhat like burning plastic, but more mineral-laden), turpentine, light notes of peach pit, twigs, honey, cherry, blackberry. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation. Another bottle of odd smells from Redstone. Dunno what to say...these three were bought at Liquor Mart just today. Every swirl of the glass brings forth the chemical smell, and quite disturbing it is. And then thereís the turpentine alcohol note. Sigh...so, um...I suppose just donít swirl or smell it too much and youíll be ok. Reasonably pleasant light fruity notes underneath that, but itís hard to avoid the off notes that make me afraid to sip this stuff. Cool color though. *shrug*