ClarkVV (4164) - 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.
Headbanger (3523) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle 5/28/15 (Courtesy of TerryR)-38° in snifter-Pours golden with no head. Aroma of wine, alcohol, and honey. Taste of the same with a bit more alcohol. This light bodied mead is not bad but just comes across hot.
unclemike (2528) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear gold in color with soft sweet honey aromas that softly layer on hints of wood and gin. Dry tannic honey and citric hay-like flavors throughout. Airy body, dry, semi-sweet finish. Nice experiment here that seems to work well
mcberko (9222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at Elizabeth Station, pours a clear blonde. Nose is syrupy with lots of honey and alcohol. Flavour is syrupy and cloying, with a medicinal taste and lots of alcohol. Not the most refined mead by any means. Too syrupy, cloying and medical. Not so good.
HIGHB4LL (835) - 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 (12906) - 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 (10037) - 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 (4538) - 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 (4829) - 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 (8506) - 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.