markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle generously shared by a kind soul at RBWG Welcome Dinner. Pours a still dark brown-copper. Nose is big dark honey, some honeycomb, black cherries, and all manner of dark flavors. Flavor is similar with big dark honey, honeycomb, cherries, and berries. An outstanding mead, albeit somewhat pricey. SudsMcDuff (8488) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
slim bottle- batch 1 bottle #108/110 .. . this stuff was amazing, truly a treat and something on another level .. . intense cherry, black berry, currants.. all that stuff .. . . i didn’t know that horse was a diabetic! kruz805 (2) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
Was lucky to have Ken share this with my homebrew club. Very intense cherry and current aroma with a hint of honey. Since so much fruit is used, the taste is of intense cherry, current and berries (red and black). Appearance is of a deep garnet color. Palate wants to think is a thick syrup but, it’s med- heavy body with a medium sweetness. Overall, this is the commercial meads I have. Can’t wait until Ken opens his place this year. Sledutah (7833) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle from Kickbacks during RBWG welcome dinner, thanks to Daniel for sharing this GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Appearance: Clear mahogany, no head or lacing
Aroma is sugar, tart, woody and sweet fruit
Very nice, easy drinking and great.
375mL red wax
El_Jefe (62) - - FEB 21, 2013
2009 batch 1 bottle #108/110 at RBWG JAX. Pours a clear, inky deep ruby. Huge legs. What a monster color for mead. Nose is so intense on the black cherry and black currant that it seems silly the amount of times I’ve thought a beer smelled or tasted like "black cherry". This is black cherry incarnate. Holy cow. Amaretto, dark rum in the background. Taste is again a massive [email protected]
$# ton of black cherry explosion, vanilla, blueberry. So easy to drink with thick vanilla and amaretto. There is no hype here, this is just straight up boss.
This was awesome! The aroma is strong deep honey and currant. Color is gold. Taste is deep and complex currant and cherry with sweet honey
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 2009 Bottle 108/110 at RBWG. Thanks to the ten of you who went in on purchasing this ahead of time from the kickbacks bottle list. Reddish brown with little bits of legs. Nose is super potent deliciousness. Lots of deep black cherry sweet tartness. Chocolate covered cherries, light roast, rich honey and a light apple like mineral sweetness. Tastes just as good as it smells--or better!! Damn this is one amazing mead. Maybe the best thing I’ve tried tonight. I need to find a bottle of this. This stuff would be worth the hefty cost. b3shine (9138) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle to taster (HUGE thanks to drowland and everyone else for this monster tick!). Looks good; a still, fairly transparent cherry. Smells good too; an outstanding balance of cherry, chocolate, and honey. Good on palate too. Fucken a bro! Leighton (22298) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle 108/110 at RBWG. Pours clear ruby. Nose holds a hefty dose of dry cherries and herbs. Big sweet flavor, lots of tart cherries, rich sugars, dry honey, touches of wood. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Fairly dry to finish while still, warming and sweet, further lightly tangy cherries. Not at all cloying and impressively dry for a mead. Even has some bitter cherry pits. Delicious stuff. Glad I got to try it. drowland (9053) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2/21/13. 375mL (batch 1) split by RBWGians at the Welcome Dinner! Rich aroma of cherry, sweetness, definite alcohol, a hint of wax, and plenty of honey. Loads of cherry in the flavor with good honey character, some alcohol, and lingering berry fruitness. Awesome.