bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
"1997 bottle. This is my first mead so wasn’t sure how to rate this. Poured a nice orange color with zero head. Tasted very sweet but not bad, taste of honey and could taste the oak. mouthfeel was thick syrupy. Good need to have more meads to judge better."
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(01.01.06) Brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 16% ABV. Bottled dated 10/14/04 and aged six years. Clear amber mead with strong complex sweet fruity (cherry?), wood, and bourbon aromas. Full-bodied with a thick syrupy maple syrup texture that starts with rich pronounced honey, toffee, dried fruit (prunes? Dried cherries?) flavors. Rich liquor and very complex flavored and smooth. Very sweet and almost cloying. Definite alcoholic warmth. Delicious. Best sampled after a meal.. Enjoyed on the last day of my family’s departure back home.
alobar (3599) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have very little experience with meade. This was unreal. The honey just hugs the inside of your mouth. Copper color with honey aroma. Tastes sweet.
saxo (17058) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Bottle @ yespr tasting. No head. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich honey, raspberries, caramel notes, warming alcohol. Nice and vinous. Lovely.
Original rating 11/8/2005 back when I disliked mead: 4/3/7/4/15 Smell of sherry, taste exactly like sherry, but too sweet. If you like mead I guess it’s okay...
Suttree (6145) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangey copper, and completely still. So clear it practically glows in the glass. Woodsy, perfumey honey aroma, and it smells old, too. Honey aroma, of course, but aso a whiskey-ish aroma, too, and maybe some maple syrup. I should note that my notes say it smells like pipe tobacco in a leather pouch, and that I completely, 100% stole that line from Springslicker. But it is accurate. The flavors mirror the aroma almost to a "T", with a touch more alcohol. As it warms, however, the alcohol fades a bit and the flavors meld together even better. Very, very impressive. Big thanks to Springslicker for sharing!
SpringsLicker (3480) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my Secret Santa (Jeffin7) for this!
This still elixir pours clear light amber.
Very complex aroma. Honey of course, but there are also aromas which remind me of the inside of an old leather pouch of aromatic pipe tobacco. There is almost a Tequila like alcohol aroma too.
The flavor is very sweet, some will not like it, but if you like a very sweet sipper, you may find the spicy, cinnamon flavors to your liking. Thick and coating.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Devil’s night at Mullman’s. Pours a light amber, very clear and still. Aroma of butterscotch, thick honey,breads, applejuice, and some alcohol. This is a very very sweet mead, almost cloying. Lots of sweet honey, caramel, and pure sugar. Ok overall, but too sweet and strong for me.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 3, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Pours thick with no head and a nice orangey hue to it. Aromas of wildflowers, oranges, lemons, and moss dominate the sensory glands. As the mead touches the tongue, sugar, lemons, oranges, roses, tangerines, and many a tarte fruit immediately greets you. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and the finish is amazingly sweet. The alcohol is well masked on this one, but there. Definitely one of the finest meads I’ve ever tasted.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tons of thanks to Jimmack, shared at Mullman’s Devil’s Nite. Poured like honey and syrup. Nose was honey, honey, alcohol, and more honey. BIG alcohol warming, very good on a chilly night. Really nice mead here. Glad I was able to sample this baby.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2006 [bottle at LCRBM] The aroma has lots of honey, orange, floral and perfumy, lavender? very full, sweet but i could still fire through a bottle without any problems.
[Bottle at RBESG] My rating simply says "Mongolian curtains, mahogany pencil shape. Metal pole like in nature."