kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap @ Brew Kettle 3/15/06: Ruby red cranberry juice appearance, slight CO2 presence from the tap. Honey aroma is very strong w/ a floral blackberry notes. Lighty alcohol presence and spicyness; pretty straight forward. Light raisiny red wine flavor w/ a bit of sourness and sulphury yeast. Blackberry fruit is evident, but subtle. Well balanced overall and carries into the finish w/ a bit of semi sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, smooth, with a bit of astringency ot keep if from being slick. Well hidden alcohol in the mouth. Nice drinkability. Not too sweet or overly fruity to make it a one glass drink Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2006
This is is like an alcoholic soda. Pink color with no head. Raspberry apple juice aroma. Raspberry flavor with a hint of alcohol in the finish. Very thin. Alcoholic soda pop. pstorvik (60) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2006
500 mL swing top. Underwhelming aroma but nice strong honey flavor. Raspberry flavor balanced but not quite right - I think needs more acid for tartness. Carbonation too low. Decent overall melomel. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Nice low alcohol mead at 8%. I really like that aspect. There’s lots of bubbliness on the tongue, somehow, although this is a still mead. Extremely refreshing and light bodied. It’s kind of like a raspberry sprite, because it is so extremely thin. Think of a soda and you’re not far off. That’s not a bad thing, just be prepared. Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
As I understand it, the Redstone Meadery is one of the U.S.’s preeminent meaderies, so I was expecting something hearty and rich from them. No doubt their "Honey Wine with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon Sticks", which I’m trying next, will fit that bill. Well done, guys.
As an aside, sampling the Black Raspberry Nectar side by side with rival Chateau Lorane’s Marioberry Mead, I have to say the Redstone wins, but they’re apples and oranges. The Marionberry is a frulty, tart wine cooler with syrupy texture. The Redstone Raspberry Nectar is extraordinarily thin for a "mead" and is lo-alcohol. Nothing in common.
Served chilled and on tap at Barley’s. Absolutely gorgeous clear red color with no head. Smells a lot like a sweet wine to me, but I’m very new to mead. Tastes sweet and lo raspberries, with just a little alcohol in the finish. Lightly carbonated.
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2011 1. Bottle (small sample) at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 01/10/2005
Amber red coloured and strong in alcohol. Slightly rich on the palate. Fruity raspberry aroma and flavour. Warming finish.
2. From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 17/09/2010
Some fruit aroma. Golden red coloured and fruity with a hint of dryness in the finish. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
A good hearty aroma of honey with a mild hint of black raspberry introduce this purple solution. This mead doesn’t produce a head but it does have good lacing. This rich mead is crisp and sweet with a strong taste of honey that grabs the tongue. The finish finds the flavor of black raspberry creeping in as this taste prepares itself to linger a while in the throat. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2006
(750ml bottle) Carbonated pink/red body with quickly fading pink head. Aroma is moderately sweet, raspberry, blackberry, light strawberry, orange, cantalope. Medium body with some carbonation and light syrup. Taste is moderately sweet, raspberry, blackberry, some syrup, light astringency, faint cinnamon. If you told me it was a fruit beer I would have no reason to doubt it. Think Shasta and you’re in the ballpark. Capa (3301) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Dark pink in color with noticeable carbonation. Aroma of raspberry and grapes with some alcohol. Raspberry and very sweet in flavor with a little hint of alcohol. Decent mead, but not outstanding. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2006
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Orange-reddish body, no head. Artificial-looking. Rather harsh and prickly, the main thought that came to mind while drinking this mead was "Boone’s Farm Raspberry." Alcohol, raspberry syrup, honey, and band-aids. I’m glad to know this is a mead, though, because it wasn’t advertised as such, and I wondered what I was drinking upon the first sip.