ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
From the bottle as part of a mead flight at Sunset Grille, 11/17/07.
Clear straw to pale gold, almost a chardonnay-like color, but with a hint more orange tones. Fully diminishing cluster of bubbles and flimsy legs left behind.
Aroma of dry, powdery sugar and old, plasticy vanillin extract. Little in the way of honey emanating in the nose, almost a straw-like dryness. Flavor is papery-astringent juniper twigs, in flavor and in texture. Not particularly flavorful, yet tremendously drying. Watery, straw-steeped-in-water sort of effect (must be the alfalfa) that is flimsy, not complex at all (I get barely any mead from this, just touches of light yeast dryness, vanillin and juniper). The only sweetness is a cheap, alcopop like candy/sugar. Stale and watery, though not sharp and fuselic for the 12 abv. Large, overly expansive bubbles further harry the palate and break up the flavors. In my mind, an analogy to beer makes this a spice/herb/vegetable beer that concentrates too much on the spices, letting slide the beer aspect. And even the spicing does not seem authentic and particularly well-done. Just atrocious.
HIGHB4LL (555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at Scrumpy’s. Appearance: white zin appearance, clear. Aroma: slight gin or juniper scent, primarily honey. Palate: Coating honey texture, Taste, sweet, with alcoholic notes of juniper. Overall, Still not the biggest fan of mead.
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Redstone. Clear yellow pour. Really herbal aroma. Lots of juniper notes, a touch of tartness, and some pepper. Just a mild honey aroma and sweetness. Fairly grassy. Flavor is herbs and pepper. Light tartness, juniper, and a mild honey flavor and sweetness. Meh.
adnielsen (9123) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Redstone. Pours a light yellow appearance with no head. A bit spicy, sprucey, somewhat herbal, tangy, sweet honey aroma. A bit bitter, juniper/spruce, somewhat herbal flavor while still being lightly sweet and fruity.
Kristophe (29) - SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, thanks Bill! Pours clear golden with no head. Spices, different berries, honey and piney notes on the nose. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is a bit tart with notes of pine trees, spices, lingon berries and juniper. Interesting mead!
obguthr (3861) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honey nose. Crystal clear yellow, still. Rather light body, alcohol less evident than expected, Honey flavor with a lemony tang. Not much in the way of juniper, but different.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, this one at least has the initial intensity in aroma and flavor of a traditional mead. It has a bit clingy finish to it but overall is pretty decent.
gnoff (7860) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Bottle at Redstone in Boulder, on October 8, 2012
Wrote it down as "Juniper Berry Mountain Honey Wine".
Clear pale yellow color, no head. Juniper, spicy, honey scent. Juniper, alcohol, oak taste. Alcohol warming feeling. Medium mouthfeel, tart finish.
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stingy pour @ Blind Tiger. Wine glass.
Clear, pale golden color.
Sweet, cidery, maple & chamomile-ish scent.
Taste is cider, honeycomb, plastic, & lots of yeast. Medicinal gummy flavor. Touch of tartness. Strangely salivating. Moderate body. Oaky.
Better then I expected. Pretty good even. :)
arminjewell (6219) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour out of bottle is yellow, thin pour with an aroma of honey, juniper, pine needle/gin type aroma, with hints of oak. Taste is a mix of gin and honey, slight pine and oak notes. Just a bit too weird.
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear bright yellow. Aroma of clove honey, nice herbal juniper, and a touch of pine. Pine hits first on the palate with a nice pungent honey flavor on a off sweet tone. Turns dry and boozy and big, mellowing out into a more juniper berry middle and warm finish. Lovely!