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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
A Metheglin-style mead made with 2 parts alfalfa honey with 1 part wildflower honey and infused with real vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Annual Winter Solstice celebration mead. Smooth, easy to drink, and tastes exactly as it sounds! Serve at room temperature, mulled, chilled, or over ice! Ages well! Enjoy with fruit pies or tarts, bread pudding, & cigars

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
magsinva (1222) - Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle from State Line Liqours- catching up on old ratings from Oct/Nov 2012 timeframe. This is one of my favorite styles, but Im not seeing a lot of folks doing it well, unfortunately. This one had a nasty menthol thing happening, that just shouldnt be there. Disappointing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Karabak (1) - Calumet City, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
It smells just as it should for what it contains. The honey and vanilla stand out prominently with a hint of cinnamon to spice up the flavor. Not that I am an expert on alcohol but in my limited experience this is the best alcoholic beverage I have ever had the pleasure to imbibe. I have had some of the best beers around, not many but some very high rated brews, and I would consider myself a "beer guy" but this meade is where its at. The flavor sits with you long after you have swallowed the final gulp and it only makes you want more. I have requested that my not so local liquor emporium bring this in for me and hopefully they decide to keep a stock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (308) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
i love the blue bottle,, i used it to give my home made mead away,,,,i enjoyed this one very mutch,,,, its the 2nd store bought mead i have got,,,,this one is very close to the mead i make ,,,,, mine is good and so is this,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (10147) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Bottle at Redstone in Boulder, on October 8, 2012
As "Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks Mountain Honey Wine".
Clear pale yellow color, no head. Cinnamon, apple, custard scent. Sweet, cinnamon, vanilla taste. Smooth mouthfeel, sweet and spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9575) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Pour out of bottle was clear yellow, aroma brought big fresh cinnamon sticks, honey, vanilla, and more vanilla bringing an almost cake like quality. Taste is a nice spicy cinnamon, with sweet vanilla and honey mixing into a slightly oaky and spicy finish. I dig this a lot, but could use just a touch less cinnamon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (9162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2011
From a bottle dated Dec 21 2009. Clear sunny gold with an intense aroma. I was getting sweet vanilla cake batter esters. alongside a slightly subdued cinnamon tone. Honey aromas too well mixed with the vanilla tones to be very "honey"ish, but definitely smelled ery sweet and sticky. Flavor was instense and full,. and delightfuly sweet. More vanilla than cinnamon, in fact I found what little cinnamon tones there were to be lacking. But it tasted like boozy vailla-honey cake batter with a touch of cinnamon at the end. Quite sweet with a warming boozy punch. Amazing mead.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (890) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
(12/21/2007 bottling) - Slight pop when opening. No visible carbonation. Honey yellow color. Aroma is not pleasing, almost menthol-like. Flavor is hard to pin down. Not vanilla, not cinnamon, not honey-like. 12% alcohol clearly makes this more like a wine than a beer. Kind of wish I had bought one of the other flavors instead. (UPDATE: After sitting in my glass for a few minutes the honey notes opened up. Rating adjusted up a bit.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (8532) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2011
5/31/11. 750mL bottle. Relatively clear dark golden pour with no head. Rich vanilla bean aroma with strong honey as well. Rich, sweet flavor with honey up front and big vanilla bean followed by a subtle touch of cinnamon. A tiny touch of medicinal/astringent qualities in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7807) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Momos Pizza - poured from a bottle. Murky light orange pour - no head. Aroma of honey and scuppernong grapes, nice and sweet. Flavor is that of sweet tupelo honey with some prominent cinnamon accents and a nice vanilla undertone. Not overly sweet and is blended together well. Clean, even mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44033) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From bottle at Sunset Grill. Pours clear and golden yellow to orange with no head. Aroma is dense vanilla and sweet. Sweet, slight chemical and aritificial vanilla sweet flavoured. Mild bitterness. Sweet and vanilla finish. Nice though, not overly artificial.

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