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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 630   ABV: 21%
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Rich, honey wine with black currants, aged with French oak.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Thanks pantanap for sharing. The mead pours to a dark red glowing body with no head. Great legs. The aroma is black currants and honey with lots of fusels. Sweet. The flavor is sweet black currants and dark fruits. The palate is fusel, sweet and alcoholic. Good but needs to sit at LEAST 5 years.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
bottle. thanks to kan for this! pours raspberry red. nose of berry, raisins, fusel alcohols. flavor of raisins, berry, nice fruit but huge fusels everywhere. burns. this needs about 5 years.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2008
Damn, I hate when I donít copy before hitting "Add My Rating!" and losing all my verbiage. Condensed version... Ruby garnet color (still). Nice tall thin legs. Smells like Mogan David from a distance. Smells of black currants, other fruit, some tawny port scents and a hint of higher alcohols. Some zinfandel spiciness. Flavors of raspberries, Door County cherries and candi raisins. Somewhat mouthcoating, but enough acidity to keep it light. Oak flavors throughout. A nice nightcap, or after-dinner sip.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Beautiful stuff, deep ruby, really glorious stuff. Fruity, loads of currants, nice fruity bitterness. Mild sourness. Incredibly well-masked alcohol, would be no hint it was this strong.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
500mL bottle, courtesy of Skyviews, opened at mjís Tasting @ the Farmhouse and sampled throughout the week. Thanks, Bob! Pours a dark, deep maroon color; headless with nice legs. Dense, currants and blackberries in the aroma; dark fruits and tons of honey; minimal show of alcohol for 21%. Full mouthfeel: intense currants, fruit leather, and boozy dried fruits; the alcohol is well-hidden, but it certainly shows up in the viscosity and warming mouthfeel; like an excellent currant cordial; lengthy, dark fruit and honey finish. This actually holds up exceedingly well, and after a few days seems more mellowed and soft in the mouth. Excellent, crazy stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Wow. Talk about a unique and delicious drink... Iíve never tried anything like this before. Deep, dark blood red color, with a huge nose of blackcurrants and rich syrah, and a bit of a bloody note as well, but really, really rich and complex. Rich and peppery on the tongue, biting, stinging and hefty on the palate, but not overly hot. Rich, meaty, bloody, consumed in dark, sticky, overipe plums, blackcurrants and red grapes. This is what the blood of a rare steak should taste like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Poured from an earthenware bottle, thanks to Ken. Just plain awesome blasting aroma of Black Currants, fresh and settled as you would ever want. I feel like Iím back in the Netherlands, sipping cassis. So bright, fresh and alive. Alcohol? No, just pungent fruit. Pours a black-red core, full of fire and flavor. In the mouth, complex and intense fruit character, mingling with lively and still unctuous honey flavor. Gentle and calm. Dangerously not boozy. Finishes dry and with a peppery bouquet. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2218) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2007
very dry with just a hint of sweetness and a definite bittler edge. not too deep. nice dust rose color. Chewy black currant flavor. Like to cook with it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4394) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Thanks to Skyview, our mead man. Blood red color. Wicked aroma of currants that pours into the flavor. The honey is there, but acts as an almost unidentifiable sweetener to the currant. Not bad at all.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3668) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2007
Thanks to skyview for sharing. This was a wonderful mead experience. It still isnít Jadwiga (is anything?) but the black currants impart a wonderful effect on this beer. It isnít just the softening of the honey flavor but also the effect that it has on ones perception. As a darker drink, it encouraged mental comparisons with port or a dark sherry. Quality thick palate, notes of wood and vinous characters reveal themselves in a long finish. Very nice.


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