phaleslu (6410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Chris - thanks again, Chris! Pours a clear black cherry color with no carbonation or head. The aroma has a surprising underlying cinnamon heat (like Goldschlager), with cherry, honey, and some sweet nuttiness. Flavor of rich cherries, honey - great balance between the two - with mellow spice, sweet nuts, and red wine. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a fruity mouthfeel. Very nice mead.
gnoff (7818) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 375 ml at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Thanks to tkrjukoff!
51% Balaton cherry - 49% Honey wine.
Clear blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)/"bilberry" porridge color, sort of reddish blue, no head, plenty of thick legs. Sweet, alcohol, almond paste scent. Sweet, almonds, nutty, berry, honey, some red wine, spicy, mulled wine/glögg taste. Red wine, spicy, sweet, almond aftertaste. Full rich mouthfeel, no bitterness. Peppry tongue feeling.
rlgk (10368) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Sweet & Sour, Sätila, 2014-08-30. Deep ruby/purple beer, almost no head. Cherry aroma, caramel, honey, citrus, almond, hazel nuts, licorice, some cream. Fruity flavor, cherries, honey, marzipan, caramel, toffee, almond, licorice, raisins. Very nice with a great cherry and almond finish.
tkrjukoff (4053) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, pours deep ruby lilac red. Aroma is alcohol cherries almonds cherry pits. Flavor is great as aroma nicely dry yet sweet good almonds pit character.
Travlr (11311) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Hazy maroon color, tan head. Aroma of sweet and sour cherries. Taste is smooth cherries, briwn bread, light spice. Delicious.
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Bottle received in trade. Thank you lionsandbeer! Pours deep ruby red without any head. Smell is sweet, tiny sour and fruity with high quality honey, tart cherries, marzipan, hay, lemon zest and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, sour and very fruity with high quality honey, tons of tart and sweet cherries, hay, dry soil, lemon zest, dry wood, almonds and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, fruity tart, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, sour and fruity with high quality honey, sweet and tart cherries, dry wood, leather, almond milk and lemon zest. Very tasty top quality mead yet a tiny bit one-dimensional.
Re-rate courtesy of tkrjukoff. Omnomnom!
arminjewell (6159) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour at the meadery, clear red pour with no head, aroma is big tart cherry, berry, honey, red fruit notes into some spice, cinnamon, earth, nice. Taste is a mix of big sour cherry, dark berry, hints of honey, earth, some vanilla, finishing sweet, slightly tart.
hallinghansen (2033) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade. Reddish body with a small head. Cherries, almonds, marzipan, fruity. It like eating ris a la mande for Christmas. Delicious.
Dedollewaitor (13901) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours bloody red with a bubbly head. Almond, sweet and sticky cherries, vanilla and honey. Smooth, vinous and dry. Lovely sipper! Thanks Jacob!
PhillyCraft (3187) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Rich, pours vino color with no head. Notes are maraschino cherry, cherry water ice, cherry amaretto, light perfume and honey sugars. So much cherry and never cloying. As it warmed I kept smelling banana cream pie in my glass. Awesome.