Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
Like many others, I didn't really have anything to compare this to. Purple colour, very fruity aroma. Strong alcoholic taste, but the currants are quite evident as well. A little tartiness to the finish. Kind of like a wine cooler, but not as sweet. Not bad, but don't have it if you're looking for a beer. pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2006
650ml bomber freshly filled. Gives a lovely clear ruby-orange color in the glass. No cap and mild carbonation
Aromas of musty honey and fresh berry fruit.
Not sweet as you may expect..has some beer-like graininess to it and the fresh berry juice tastes are tart filling in for the hops in beer which balance the sweet tastes ( syrup? honey?)...has a fruity sweet and sour decernement to it with a touch of maltiness...certainly different than cider..alcohol is well covered in the tastes...I could drink this instead of wine with patio food. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
Deep purple colour. Fruity and slightly boozy aroma. Flavour is initially fruity and sweet, but before it gets to cloying, there's a nicely dry & tart finish. I've got no idea if this resembles a traditional mead, but as far as alcoholic fruit drinks go, it's not bad. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 (200ml bottle) Many thanks to Cartoon_Khaki for the opportunity to try this mead. Volcanic, small carbonation. Thin pink head. Beautiful cranberry body. Nose of currants, red wine and alcohol. Sweet, then bitter with a dry finish. Sour flavour. Evident currants. Nice. Much better than the Raspberry... Thanks again, Rob! Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
Purple colour. Alcohol & black currants in the aroma. Wine-like body, fresh juicy flavours. The syrup comes on a little strong, outmuscling the alcohol. For me, this works but I know it's not traditional in a mead.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the Beer Store after reading a bartowel posting on the Trafalgar Mead lineup., Haven’t really gotten into Meads, but due to their heritage and age they intrigue me. I am surprised there is not a larger Mead following / industry. A recent article in All About Beer stated in the US there were approx. 100 meaderies. Back to the review...Tasted in a half pint glass. Bottle 650ml. According to label recommends to shake gently prior to opening and serving cold, preferably over ice. Opens with a slight hiss. No carbonation. Pours with a grape juice purple colour. Slight reddish hue when held up to the light. Slightly sweet aroma. Has a grape like scent. As it warms slightly, the black current aroma becomes dominant. Flavour is not at all sweet. Slightly tart, deep currant taste, hints of grape and raisin. Although pleasant, it seems that this (and by the description of the other Trafalgar meads in this ’series’) is by definition a mead, but not aligned well with the classical interpretation of a honey mead. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2003
Purple w/ small pinkish bubbles (not exactly head though). Very fruity, black currant aroma w/ a touch of honey in the background. Smooth feel, perhaps a little syrupy. Flavour has a distinct tart, vinous, black currant character. Didn't get much honey. I've not had mead before, and, consequently, I'm not quite sure how it's supposed to taste. Oakes says it's not traditional, and I'll take him at his word (obviously). In some respects this example reminds me of an alco-pop. daboskabouter (1469) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
Bright sparkling dark plum color with a quickly dissipitating fizzy head. The nose is honey and sweet fruitiness - I guess this is blackcurrant, reminds me of raspberry - candyish with a little alcohol. Lightly spritzy at the front with a drying tartness and hints of fruit. Dries up rather quickly and the sweetness is tolerable because it ends up quite tart. Warming. Sammy (12997) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
fizzy syrup. This is not real mead but some juice and hopes. They say it will improve with age. MarkoR (959) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
Strong taste of currant. Creamy pink head. Would taste better on a hot summer night, sitting on the patio. Sweet at first, but bitter it goes.