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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 570   ABV: 19%
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Once upon a time a giant was imprisoned inside a rye whiskey barrel. For over a year he sat in silence and total darkness and finally, he fell asleep. In time the world forgot about him. Until one day, a brave mead maker with a magical mustache discovered the giant, and put it in a bottle. At over 19% abv, this mead should not be taken lightly. Uncork the bottle and awaken the Sleeping Giant.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1635) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours a light yellow hue. Aroma is boozy, full of whiskey and oak. The flavor is big, rich, and bold. Loads of whiskey and barrel. There is a huge vanilla laden honey blast that helps to even out the boozy blast. This is a very big mead. Man do I love it though. I will savor every last drop in this bottle and look forward to consuming more. A top 10 all time mead for me.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (5761) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2016
375 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The mead is a clear yellow. Still. The aroma has sweet honey, moderate woody notes from the barrels, and is a bit boozy. I was expecting this to be over the top boozy with the alcohol content, but it is surprisingly mellow. Ive had the mead for over a year though, so it could have given it time to calm down. I was very impressed by this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1848) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle shared by Douglass88. Colour...very pale straw. Nose...very honey bunny but not much rye. Still, very pretty scents. Palate...dry, sweet and sappy with honeyed chamomile, pekoe and jasmine. The finish is long and oaky with nips of rye.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8674) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow color. The aroma is huge honey and light whiskey. The flavor is big sweet hot honey, whiskey, just awesome.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2016

Bottle 375ml. Blue glass.

[ As B. Nektar Sleeping Giant ].
ABV: 15.1%. Clear light yellow color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy honey, earthy, alcohol, earthy - rye. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, honey, cardboard, wood, alcohol, sharp, earthy, rye - earthy - whisky. Body is medium to full, texture is watery, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20160318]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3778) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
September 18, 2015. Bottle, shared by _angst_, thanks!
Clear pale golden with some nice legs, no head. Aroma is sweet honey, some vanilla, oak, whiskey, alcohol with some glue notes. Taste is very sweet and boozy with a light spicy note. Finish is sweet with honey, toffee, vanilla, quite intense boozy notes with some bourbon character and light spiciness. Full bodied, no carbonation, oily texture.
Good but too hot with some higher alcohol notes.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (1017) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Boozey mead smell. Taste is decent generic honey mead with a bit of an alcohol presence but its not too bad. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3203) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Shared thanks to Dan. Pours a clear brownish golden yellow. I was expecting a big boozy bomb and it was a tad more refined than I expected. Aromas of sweet honey, alcohol is certainly there, slight vanilla. Taste is sweet with an alcohol kick. Medium thick body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2016
375ml bottle shared by DCLawyer, thanks! Poured a clear dark yellow color, mostly still. Honey comes through pretty strong in this one, boozy legs on it. Sweet, but dry enough to be enjoyable. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8063) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Lots of honey and some pepper. Amber pour. Sweet finish with a touch of pepper. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (3090) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Pours a still deep amber color. Lots of spicy notes on the nose with some pumpernickel bread, buckwheat honey and sweet caramel. Palate is sweet with a spicy bourbon heat on the background that reads a bit peppery and herbal. Sweetness definitely hides the abv but the twangy dark bitter citrus note on the finish introduces a bit of burn and medicinal lingering flavor.


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