eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled a batch from 1997, bottled in 2004 (16% ABV). The pour was interesting. Nice golden amber color, pretty clear and thick (and no head). The fingers, as E mentioned, were wild. The aroma was sweet and oakey. The flavor was a bit overly sweet but very good. Honey comes through clearly and the alcohol doesn’t hide. The oak aging permeates every aspect of the flavor. Mouthfeel was syrup-like and the only downer to the beer, in my opinion.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It looks like a thick, fine brandy in the glass but smells of honey, oak, meadow flowers, nuts, and alcohol. Dangerously smooth and easy to drink, a light fruitiness and a suble smokiness are additions to the flavor. Very, very good. My favorite mead, to date.
<font size=-4>Thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 frankenkitty for sharing this with The LoSBD.<font size=-1>
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to JohnC: Syrupy waves of ether pulse through the rich scotch colored liquor. The legs clutch the glass like a suckling child begging for more. The nose is smoky with dark chewy tamarind, maple syrup and pure aged honey. The flavor is dusty yet sweet. Smoky yet fresh and pleasant. Very different than other meads I’ve been used to drinking. Perhaps it’s the raspberries or wild rose, but this is just extremely foreign and beatiful. Like an exotic desert that you find after a long journey into the unknown. Yum!
mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 Super sweet and syrupy. Very complex. Flavors of honey (obviously), apple, maple, flowers, raspberry, mint. A bit of a medicinal touch at times, like nyquil. I guess this would put you to bed just as easily. Since this is the only mead I’ve ever had, I can’t compare it. But, it is complex and tasty. I just wouldn’t be able to drink more than an ounce or two at a time.
Rerate: After finally finishing the bottle, I had to take the score down a bit. It’s just too cloying and sweet to deserve a 4.4. Nice complexity of flavors, as I said, but it gets very medicinal and nauseating very quickly. Also, I don’t like raspberries, so that might have an effect as well. Glad I got a chance to try it, but I definitely won’t be coming back for more.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like a quality bourbon in my glass. Smells like a cognac or rich sherry. Tastes like a dessert wine with strong alcohol, honey, oak, and floral highlights. I find it just so overwhelmingly sweet that I would be hard pressed to drink more than a few ounces of this stuff at a time, though.
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was saving this for rating #1000, but it will have to suffice as #999.
Whisky colored with thick legs and syrupy thickness. Aroma is intoxicating and beautiful, perfumed with florals and alcohol, wood and wine with an overwhelming honey presence. Rich, succulent flavor finds honey sweetness mellowed by oak with notes of brandy. At times it slides down ultra smooth, whereas other times its alcohol steps up to burn and be noticed. Regardless, this is nectar of the gods.
<font size=-4>750ml bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/mundel Carlo Fine Wines and Spirits, Mundelein, IL 60060<font size=-1>
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark gold color
Nose was sweet fruit like.The mouthfeel was full and the taste was heavy like a sherry but much better.The palate had some blueberries on the end.Very good
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this was an unbelievable drink...pour was a syruplike texture, pure gold in color, aroma of flowers, honey, and spices, with some sweet fruits. flavor is explosive with the honey and sweetness, and the viscosity of the liquid completely coats the inside of your mouth. no hint at all of the 16%, and the aftertaste is so sweet you taste it for a good half an hour after the glass is empty.
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heavy sweet initial flavor. With a long finish duration. It taste very nice, like portvine.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled this at the International Mead Fest in Boulder, Co. Mead poured a clear, medium yellow-amber color with long legs. The aroma is lighly floral, moderately yeasty with a note of bread dough, and packed with strong notes of honey and sherry. The sherry note is teetering on the borderline of smelling oxidized, but it doesn’t quite tip over into unpleasantness. The flavor is harsly sweet with a long, harshly sweet finish. The body is full, the texture is syrupy and there is a moderately alcoholic feeling in the finish. Very clean for being this high in alcohol—no higher alcohols or other flaws are readily appearent, but I didn’t find it very complex or compelling either.