DiarmaidBHK (3597) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour at brewpub. Rich, robust cherry notes on the nose. If you hold it to the light itís just the most glorious ruby red. Big cherry notes on the tongue which pairs nicely with nicely bitter local chocolate they just gave me. Finishes clean. Itís pretty great but I actually think the statement is slightly more awesome.
rumproasts (3459) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sample at meadery of batch #2. $10 for a 1oz pour, and totally worth it. I donít think Iíve ever had something so wonderfully flavorful.
tchaos (35) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 2 -- which is important, because I feel it is measurably better than batch one. Pours a deep red with some minimal tearing. Aroma is waves of fruit, punctuated by cherries. Taste is fruit explosion...falls just shy of the b Nektar schramm series, but still insane. I look forward to every release of this.
SpongeRuiner (803) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A glass from the brewery. This beauty pours a really nice dark red color. A hinted purple almost in the light. Not a very strong aroma small berry nose. A wonderful tart and fruity flavor. Very smooth and dry. The flavor last forever. Very good stuff.
umich03jm (2234) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #2000! Batch #1 cellared for about a year. Pours a deep red, almost purple. Still. Great legs on the glass. Aroma is dark cherry skins and black currants mostly. Very rich. Donít get any raspberry. Tastes surprisingly more like wine than mead. Not nearly as sweet as I expected. It is deep and rich though. Just like the aroma, I get more cherry skin and black currant than raspberry. Slightly tart. Slightly dry. Great mouthfeel. Smooth and just the right amount of syrupy. Overall, a great mead but there are a few meadís from Ken that I enjoy more and cost a quarter of the price. I doubt Iíll ever purchase it again.
Pailhead (5205) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: The aroma consists moderate cherries, raspberries, vinous, and a touch of alcohol. Itís a very dark deep red with no head. The flavor starts with an amazing blend of cherries and raspberries. There is some light honey in the middle. The finish light tart apples with a touch of vinous notes. Itís medium-full bodied with no carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.
WillRunForBeer (949) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A couple ounces to taste, huge thanks to umich03jm! Pours deep red purple. Still, as it should be. Leaves plenty of legs on the glass as I swirl. Aroma is tart cherries, first the meat, then the skins, slight raspberry as well. Flavor is perfectly balanced natural cherry with black currant and cherry skin bitterness at the finish. A superb melomel!
deyholla (7157) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a clear very deep dark purple with no head whatsoever. Aroma has lots of sweet dark fruit that combines nicely with the honey and has a bit of acid and dryness towards the finish. Flavor full of rich dark fruits with a growing sweetness but a hint of underlying acid adds a bit of bite to round it off perfectly.
Ferris (5278) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - Rich dark plum, fig, cocoa, tobacco and some spice. Deep black purple. Deep dark fruit, sweet dark berries, chocolate and leather. Sublime and complex. Painfully rare, but worth the wait.
phaleslu (6951) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle shared by Chris - thanks again! Pours a deep, clear violet-ruby color with no head. Aroma of cherry, honey, black currant, raspberry, plum, raisin. Flavor of cherry, raspberry, black currant, honey, wood, and booze. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a sweet, fruity, boozy mouthfeel. Very satisfying. Fruit meads donít really get any better than this.