Suttree (5282) - 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 (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 (9727) - 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 (10239) - 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 (8080) - 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.