RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Contract brewed for White Winter Winery by the South Shore Brewery. A mead made from malted barley and honey. Refreshingly malted mead with pleasant oak overtones. Bronze award winner of the World Beercup 2000 for Specialty Honey Lagers and Ales.

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BVery (11241) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle at White Winter Winery on Nov. 18, 2011. Amber pour, sharp oak nose. I wasn’t really digging this, but for full disclosure, my mead palate is not very well developed.

onceblind (10330) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Murky dark red rose in appearance, with an aroma of dark sweet fruits and oak with a candy sugar sweetness. Reminds me of barrel aged English barleywine. Big big sweet dark fruit taste like barelywine, with plum, fig, cherry, but also some oak and deep sweet maltiness with a mild touch of more honey sweetness. Incredible.

phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks, Dan! This one gushed a bit when we opened it, which caught me off guard because I’ve never seen a mead do that. Pours a clear copper color with a big off-white head. Aroma of honey, toffee, whiskey, grapes, oak, and vanilla. Flavor hits all the same notes. Medium-bodied, with a malty, syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Definitely not like any other mead I’ve had and seems to bridge the gap into more conventional ales.

MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with no head.Strong malted barley aroma with undertones of wood and honey with a little alcohol. Nice and thick to the palate.Flavor has a malty start with a wood % alcohol middle with a semi sweet finish. It’s almost as good as the traditional Brackett.

Strykzone (7586) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2008
A big tan "lumpy" head sits atop a nice cloudy brown body. A very nice big nose of dark fruit that includes cherry and raisin. There is clearly a lot of alcohol present. Complex tastes of fruit, maple, oak, alcohol, and toffee. Very effervescent and creamy in the mouth. A very interesting beer. I would have preferred a lower ABV.

Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Ryan’s Wines in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a cloudy caramel brown brew with no head except for a thin film on top. Aroma of dark fruits, aged oak, some vanilla, honey and a touch of toffee. Taste is semi-sweet, no carbonation, slightly syrupy, with flavors of vanilla, burnt brown sugar, some yeast and plenty of alcohol. Finish is slightly dry with a vanilla/roasted malt aftertaste.

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
12 oz bottle, via Ofortuna. Pours a dark ruby amber with a small covering of beige head, fairly nice retention. Nose is quite sweet with some fruitiness and honey, light yeast, and toasted malts. The flavor is quite sweet as well, with a fruity ale yeastiness. Noticable alcohol, but not over the top. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of fizzy prickly carbonation. This was OK overall, but I think I’ll take my beer and my meads in seperate containers please.

kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of kramer17801. Thanks, Jason! Pours a dark amber color; fluffy off-white head with good retention and lacing. Dense, dried dark fruits and honey in the aroma; toasty vanilla, with a decent show of alcohol. Fluffy carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: decent show of alcohol, with a dense honey character; toasty vanilla and dried fruits; surprisingly full of dark fruits; lengthy, dried dark fruits and honey on the finish; slightly rough.

3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Sampled from a 12oz bottle shared by kramer17801. BIg time yeast in the nose, with a heavy dose of brown sugar, honey, some heavy roast, and toasted grains. Carbonation is heavy, making the body frothy up front and more coarse and rough in back. Some interesting plum and date flavors as well. Very weird, but very good.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Premium Oak Brackett
Date: 05/20/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog II

clear brown, headless, earthy sweet aroma, big sweet flavor, thickly sweet, touch of biterness, hint of alcohol,
-------- /> Name: Premium Oak Brackett
Date: 08/05/2006
Score: ii to iii
Words: Bottle
Words: Tasting

muddy brown, headless, rich sweet malt aroma with essence of honey and ripe fruit, slight alcohol hotness, thick body, lots of dark honey flavor with sticky sweetness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

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