s_hartshorne (2295) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle brewdog Sheffield. Black tan head. Amazing aroma honey prunes figs fruits choc liquorice molasses peat smoke dark malts. Taste is same great honey sweetness lots of abv good bitter smokey finish. Good oily body. Wow this stuff is very special at 34 pound a pint I would say this is more than worth it!!
jackafholmes (684) - - SEP 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from brew dog, sheffield. Pitch dark brown with no head (this is my first mead). Amazing, Aroma is smoky sweet and rich like a bbq belly pork. Taste is honey sweet with smokey slight bitterness. Tingly Aroma with thick oily body.
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is honey, coffee, sugar. Flavour is honey, roasted, coffee, cocoa, alcohol, sugar. Weird mead, but still interesting.
BenH (3023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with little head. Thick aroma, lots of dried fruit, prunes, raisins, roasty as well, chocolate and molasses. Very rich flavour, dried fruit, molasses and licorice. Very sweet. Delish
allmyvinyl (6343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brewdog. Pours jet black, engine oil gloop, thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, honey, charcoal. Taste is rich, sweet, warming, more coffee and bourbon notes. Light booziness but surprisingly light for the strength. Lots going on. Fruity notes come through at the end. Long finish into the night. Not sure it was worth the price tag, but good.
AshtonMcCobb (3933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh shared with BenH, James Tulloch and allmyvinyl.
Appearance - oily and gloopy and opaque black with very little head.
Nose - rubber and liquorice. Then raisins and plums in booze.
Taste - rubber again going into charcoal and eventually liquorice. Then prunes in armagnac. Then dry and charcoal again.
Palate - tangy and mouthcoating yet dry. Sweet in texture yet eventually balanced. Strange but enticing.
Overall - complex and challenging. Is this really mead?
Plovmand (6992) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a dense brown head. The aroma is coffee, sweet roast, licorice, burned wood and vanilla. The flavor is very sweet and ashy with notes of chocolate, wood, oak, vanilla, sweet licorice and loads of honey. I never had anything like this and I understand why this is divides the ratings. I actually like it but it’s too much for me in the long run. That’s why the overall score is low.
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Two 2009 33cl bottles obtained through a friend. Promising label by Hornsleth, to start off with! Only 700 bottles brewed and because of business problems probably the last : let’s hope not.
Upon opening a wave of aromatic hints of bourbon & wood emerge from the bottle. Pours tar black with a darkbrown head (!!) that vanishes after a minute. Even the lacing is dark, probably because of the dark honey. Full-body mead beer where the aroma and taste are extremely well balanced. The honey flavor combined with the hints of bourbon and wood is just wonderful! The boozy amount is just perfect too for a 15ABV. A slight bitterness complements the overall experience : roast, coffee, nuts, burnt wood and dark honey. Sticky as hell, this barrel aged mead beer doesn’t release it’s taste-grasp in the mouth pretty easily. Remember to finish a night with this one. No wonder it won gold at the Stockholm beer & whiskey festival in 2013. Maybe one day I will be fortunate to find some more of this.
jamestulloch (2135) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at BrewDog, Edinburgh. Black body with no head. Aroma of vanilla, soy sauce, honey, Marmite and sweet tobacco. Flavour of burnt brown sugar, roasted malts and honey. Full body with a sticky, almost gloopy texture. Light carbonation. A rich beer, but I found it to be too boozy and sweet to be enjoyable
Yorker (1598) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a small tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, honey, and ash - with an alcoholic and sweet finish.