DarkElf (3424) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 5, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2019 16-Aug-13 (500-ml bottle: Purchased 05-Jul-13 for $15.99 at The Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in San Diego, CA)tom10101 (6528) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2018
Okay, wow, this is certainly a new experience in mead/cyser for me. I remember how amazing the Zombie Killer was when I tried it last month, and this 'imperialized' and barrel-aged version isn't nearly as good. It's rusty orange in color and completely clear with very fine bubbles rising slowly by the hundreds. The nose is sweet cherry pie filling, but also floral candle fragrances and a basket of fresh spicy potpourri, with clove, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, etc. The flavor is very fruity, lots of sweet cherry filling, baked apple with clove and cinnamon, peach preserves, orange marmalade, and dried apricot, just to name a few, but the whiskey barrel does add a touch of booze and oak. It's sweet, full bodied, and somewhat syrupy, but there's enough acidity to not only prevent this mead from being cloying at all, but it helps to balance the sweetness for a somewhat mouthwatering finish. There's also a bit of spritz as well, which only adds to the drinkability. Overall, this is a solid mead, but I think it's a step back from the absolute awesomeness known as Zombie Killer. More isn't always better. In fact, it's often not better, and it's not in this case either.
A more complex Zombie Killer with cherries (and cranberries!?!) aplenty, floral notes, alcohol and whiskey. Sirupy mouthfeel. Tasty!
SinH4 (12899) - Garching bei München, Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2017
Bouteille (500 ml) à la maison. Couleur rose saumon assez pâle, apparence claire, pas de mousse ou de jambes sur les parois du verre. Au nez, ça sent les cerises (pastilles) et les canneberges avec des notes florales et une touche de whiskey. Au goût, ce sont les cerises qui sont à l'avant-plan, le sucre est modéré, l'alcool est présent sans être dérangeant et c'est encore assez floral. Corps moyen. Pas de bulles. Un peu sirupeux. Finale florale et de cerises. Plus intense que Zombie Killer et un peu plus intéressant aussi à cause de la plus grande complexité.
Bottle. Pinkish color with small white head. Aroma is cherries, apples, rye whisky, straw. Taste is cherry liquor, rye, apple, honey. Oily mouthfeel. A bit too much rye. Ritzn (3744) - GERMANY - JUL 29, 2017
Rosee watery. Aroma is honey and slight cherries, some phenols, slight creme brulee. Taste is very sweet honey, alcoholic warmth, slight sour cherries. Not that fresh. Ok. FinnIckler (1429) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear pink. Nose is apple, alcohol, rye. Palate is sweet honey, rye, wheat, apple, peach. Not that Drinkable, but lecker.
anstei (3816) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours crystal clear pale pink. Aroma is honey, soft flowers, cherry, very soft barrel. Body is medium, very sweet, honey, but also barrel. Flat, but softly sour. Good! SG111 (2285) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2017 Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event Pours Rose color. Aroma is lots of sweet sticky cherry. Flavor is sweet sprite, cough syrup, cherry. It?s fine if you dig sweet drinks. Not for me. ffaoe (1533) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2017
aromas of cider, faint cherry and oak. peach and clear in color. light carbonation. nice cider and honey flavors. lighter notes of cherry and oak. gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle thanks to Chad. Pours orangish pink color. Larger whiskey character from the nose than barrel character. Much hotter compared to its WBA variant. The rye barrel hides more of the cherry than whiskey did. vyvvy (7741) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Pours clear reddish gold. The aroma has richness, mild cherry and some of the whiskey comes through. It has a full slick Rick boy with a hint of prickly carbonation. The taste has a lot of whiskey, but that is offset by sweetness and spice and there is a hint of cherry. It has a pleasant warming effect. Really good.