DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Bavarian Lodge, Lisle. I wasn’t feeling well this day, but just the smell of this nectar made me feel better right away. Belgian-type smell of dark, but not bitter malts, and golden honey. Solid black color, with a slowly dwindling, creamy tan head. Taste is just amazing: the honey sweetness of a mead with chewy malt mouthfeel of a schartzbier of Belgian black wit. Yes, some vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, wood and then way in the back is some tart orange. And that lovely honey. Yes, I’m probably over-rating this, but this just exactly was what I needed when I’m feeling poorly. The country needs more braggots! And this site needs to give it its own category!
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest, big time want of mine! Slightly hazy orange brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big honey, caramel, and toffee notes, some slight golden and dark fruit notes, touch of brown sugar. Taste was a mix of honey, vanilla, brown sugary notes into some fruity notes with a touch of fig, slight yeast, finishing sweet. Pretty tasty.
phaleslu (7650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got some of bsuedekum’s pour at GTMW 2013. First thing I tried as I got through the gate, still holding my folding chairs. Pours a murky, lighter golden-brown color with some small bubbles around the inner edge. Lots of honey in this, with mixed fruits (dates, gold raisins), vanilla, toasted brown sugar, and oak. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sweet, chewy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Happy I got to try this tasty treat.
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at 2013 GTMW, pours an unclear brown with no carbonation really present and hardly a head at all, the aroma was really sweet with the honey and dark malts, the flavor was much of the same with a huge kick of sweetness with some caramel and sweetness in the finish, interesting but nothing out of this world.
crossovert (9559) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THis one is smoky and slightly tart, wood notes are there, not too oxidized, fruits and caramel malts.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at ABR. Best honey beer I think I have ever had. The sweetness is clean with fruit and spice notes and a beautiful crisp finish. I wish I had a basement full of this stuff.
ryanfolty (2112) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015 September 15, 2012 on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis. Dark brown pour with some head. Caramel, sweet and fruity in the aroma and taste. Had been looking forward to this for a while and excited to have it as rating 900!
Had this again March 28, 2015 at the Rare Beer Fest. Increased taste, palate and overall by 1 each to get to a 3.9.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has some super dark fruit scents like wine. Big fruit character and has a wine mouth feel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours murky brown with a tan ring of head. Nose has honey that’s sweet without being cloying and dark bread malt with a real nice balance. Taste is teh same--honey/malt mix, real smooth, vanilla, no roastiness, no yeast, no hops. Sweet, but not cloying. Smooth, medium-bodied, with a touch of carbonation. Interesting beer/mead mix--would’ve loved to try this fresh.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled this at ABR this fall. A nice beer, but not on par with the rest of Surly’s beer.
badgerben (4630) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review 2011. Outstanding! The only anniversary I missed the first time around! Dark red color with a medium head. Strong, monster honey aroma. Not really picking up the notes the clover honey gives off, just like you had popped the top on a glass of high quality clover honey, and it happened to be boozy. And that carries over quite nicely to the flavor. Light malt and fruitiness show up. Solid caramel character.