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Ring of Fire Alaska Statehood Mead

Formerly brewed at Ring of Fire Meadery
Style: Mead
Homer, Alaska USA


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Alaska became the 49th state on January 3rd, 1959. To honor the "last frontier" on the 50th anniversary of statehood, we blended 50lbs of Alaska high-bush cranberries with 50 gallons of rich mead on the 50th day of 2006. Aged in a rare American oak bourbon cask for more than two years, we dedicate this elixir to the pioneer spirit of all Alaskans who have shaped this great state.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
Backlog rating 1-23-2009 (Flip-Top Bottle at Fort Wayne Gathering courtesy of jsquire) This mead when poured is transparent, carbonated and has an orange hue. The Aroma is sweet, honey and cranberries. The Flavor mimics the Aroma and has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this mead is medium bodied. Overall, this mead despite it being 13%ABV is very easy to drink. It is definitely worth trying if one gets the opportunity to do so and I would drink this again myself. It is also a mead that I recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2012
bottle thanks to americanbrew. poured clear yellow with some nice legs on the glass. aroma was honey, fruity, and crisp. flavor was much the same plus some lemon. body was light and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(500ml fliptop bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew) clear medium yellow pour with really nice lacing. Nose of cranberry, honey, bourbon, spruce and some herbal notes. Taste of sweet bourbon, honey, vanilla, orange, spruce, cranberry. Just delicious! Sweet finish with a linger of cranberries and sugar. A great surprise!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2011
500ml flip-top bottle, thanks to AmEricanbrew. Golden color - aromas and flavors of honey, vanilla, and berries. Just plain delicious and insanely drinkable at 13%. The alcohol is present but not overpowering and there is lots of flavor and complexity as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pricey looking bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew. BTW, isn’t CCB from the same town as these guys? No? Pours with a clear golden body with strong legs. Aromas are amazing with notes of bourbon, fruit, crayon, butter/butterscotch (not like diacetyl, but in a very nice way), tannic, brown sugar and oak. Very rich with vanilla and a nice tartness. The taste is cranberry (or a tart berry of some sort), buttery, bourbon, vanilla and good tannins. For the alcohol and the richness, it finishes very balanced and not super sweet at all. Great balance of sweetness, booze, acidity, and tannins. Very well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle. The beer pours yellow. The aroma is honey, with some oaked notes mixed in. Where the mead really shines is in the flavor, which is incredibly complex. I get some honey, raspberries, vanilla, maple and bourbon. The alcohol is also present, which is not surprising at 13 percent ABV. Easy to drink. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2011
bottle, thanks to americanbrew, clear golden with strong legs, aroma and flavor of sticky honeycomb and wildflowers, clover , nice mead

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
(500ml flip-top bottle, courtesy of AmEricanbrew) Pours a light yellow body with excellent legs. Aroma of honey, florals, bourbon, Nilla wafers, and subtle cranberries. Flavor of honey, florals, vanilla, bourbon, and light cranberries. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 23, 2010
@GABBF2010. Two very generous pours from a 50cl swing top blue bottle. Clear amber color, no fizz no head. Rich cranberry, cinnamon, vanilla bourbon, floral honey aromas. medium body. Good cinnamon sugared cranberry, mild vanilla bourbon, wild floral honey flavors. Mild spicy alcohol to finish. tasty treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of jsquire: Big thanks to Jeff for bringing this...pour was a very nice looking light pink color. Aroma was of sweet honey and light berries. The biggest thing that I enjoy about meads is the subtlety of them, basically they are what they are. Not a bunch of underlying stuff, pretty much up front and basic. I didn’t pick up any bourbon barrel notes at all in this...which is a shame ’cause I do love me some BB aged stuff. Flavor was slightly dry, honey and berries. Nice.

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