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Brewed by Spółdzielnia Pszczelarska Apis
Style: Mead
Lublin, Poland

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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It has very rich specific fragrance due to the addition of raspberries and wild rose to nectar honey.

1 litre of Półtorak style mead contains 720 g of natural honey. By comparison, the Dwojniak style of mead contains 610g/L of honey; the Trojniak contains 420g/L and the Czworniak contains 320g/L.

Półtorak mead matures for several years to achieve full clarity. In time its rich aroma hides a high content of alcohol (16%) and acidity forming the finest liquor there is.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
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>

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2006
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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkgrenwel (611) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2006
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
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.

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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2006
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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2006
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2006
Heavy sweet initial flavor. With a long finish duration. It taste very nice, like portvine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2006
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.


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