Beershine (5173) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours still, uncarbonated with a light golden color. Nice aroma of pure honey, crisp apples, and pears. Smooth. Profoundly honey flavor is well-rendered. In spite of the strong honey, the palate is not sweet. Is off-dry. Also has apples, flowers, white grapes, gentle perfume. Really mellow yet potent. Vanilla, some spice in the back of the throat, almost leaving a peasant astringency without being dry. I like this a lot!
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. My firstmead rating. Poured a pale golden color, wine like in texture, semi syrupy. Looks like a white wine. Fruity aroma, no detectable alcohol aroma. Very sweet, and somewhat vinuous, a pleasant honey flavor. Subtle fruit nots and a cough syrupy quality slightly detracts from overall flavor. I enjoyed this. Not much to base it on, but it was good.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - JUL 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw colour is, well, a little dull and not terribly enticing. Aroma is very honeyish, lightly spicy (cinnamon) and woody. Sweet flavour with brash honey character kicks things off. Lots of spicy depth. Finishes with an alcoholic kick, vinous acidity, and bursting juicy fruitiness.
ApisAles (1402) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No carbonation on this one. Purs a nice pale yellow. Very strong honey aroma. I know it is fermented, but it’s so sweet you’d almost think they just mixed honey and water and left out the yeast. A little too sweet, but not bad.
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Strong honey aroma, no head, rich golden color. A little sweet for my taste, but most meades are. Simple like true meade should be. Well done and enjoyable.
Shag (2443) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden appearance with no head. A honey, white grape, and slight citrus aroma. The flavor is rather sweet and not very complex with some honey, apples, white grapes, and a slight alcohol presence. Overall it wasnt bad but probably not worth the price.
heemer77 (5013) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cool blue bottle, produced April 20, 2005. The body is rich pale gold. The aroma is definite honey with some orange hints, but maybe the citrus is my imagination after reading the label. There is also some light peanut brittle. The body is thick and sticky. The taste is fairly sweet at first, but then it turns dry as it slides down the throat. There are definite apple notes with some floral character. There is is also some corn syrup, like Karo. There is some light unsalted roast peanut shell in the finish. A decent medium bodied mead.
obguthr (3225) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, dark, honey aroma. Shimmering amber, slight viscosity. Thin light mouthfeel, tart, cidery, and almost feels uncarbonated. Rosehip finish. Must be a rhodomel. Very easy going and dark, with a delayed belly burn.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear still gold in color with orange blossom honey aromas and hints of grassy menthol. Semi-sweet honey flavors round to soft fruity touch. Light bodied and smooth with a drying finish. Traditional indeed. Well done in my book....
ChainGangGuy (4123) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, still, pale yellow body.
Smell: Aroma of honey, flowers, aerosol hair products, and those damnable wax lips.
Taste: Sweet honey, oak, and a sharp floral taste. Touch of apple-like fruitiness. More wax lips which bring back memories of divying up things after Halloween, with those wax lips getting chucked straight into the garbage -- they had zero trading value, folks! Near the end you get a grimace-inducing shot of lacquer. Finishes fairly dry.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. No carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Finally, my father and I are in complete agreeance on something: this stuff is pretty awful.