Sammy (8420) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
fizzy syrup. This is not real mead but some juice and hopes. They say it will improve with age.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright sparkling dark plum color with a quickly dissipitating fizzy head. The nose is honey and sweet fruitiness - I guess this is blackcurrant, reminds me of raspberry - candyish with a little alcohol. Lightly spritzy at the front with a drying tartness and hints of fruit. Dries up rather quickly and the sweetness is tolerable because it ends up quite tart. Warming.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light purpley colour with a fruity alcohol aroma. Dry finish. Not found of this,mostly because I don't like the currants. The raspberry is better.
CapFlu (4483) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 (200ml bottle) Many thanks to Cartoon_Khaki for the opportunity to try this mead. Volcanic, small carbonation. Thin pink head. Beautiful cranberry body. Nose of currants, red wine and alcohol. Sweet, then bitter with a dry finish. Sour flavour. Evident currants. Nice. Much better than the Raspberry... Thanks again, Rob!
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
never really had a mead, but here goes: light purple. curranty alcoholic aroma. starts quite sweet and finishes bone dry.
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like many others, I didn't really have anything to compare this to. Purple colour, very fruity aroma. Strong alcoholic taste, but the currants are quite evident as well. A little tartiness to the finish. Kind of like a wine cooler, but not as sweet. Not bad, but don't have it if you're looking for a beer.
GregClow (2858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep purple colour. Fruity and slightly boozy aroma. Flavour is initially fruity and sweet, but before it gets to cloying, there's a nicely dry & tart finish. I've got no idea if this resembles a traditional mead, but as far as alcoholic fruit drinks go, it's not bad.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2003
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma is of cheap wine, cranberry colour, no head. Cold, strong tasting red wine, alcohol kick. Sweet, harsh, not my cup of tea!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Purple w/ small pinkish bubbles (not exactly head though). Very fruity, black currant aroma w/ a touch of honey in the background. Smooth feel, perhaps a little syrupy. Flavour has a distinct tart, vinous, black currant character. Didn't get much honey. I've not had mead before, and, consequently, I'm not quite sure how it's supposed to taste. Oakes says it's not traditional, and I'll take him at his word (obviously). In some respects this example reminds me of an alco-pop.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purple colour. Alcohol & black currants in the aroma. Wine-like body, fresh juicy flavours. The syrup comes on a little strong, outmuscling the alcohol. For me, this works but I know it's not traditional in a mead.