Archive for the ‘Mead’ Category

Little did I know before I reviewed this mead that it was from Ohio, where I would spend almost two months for my old job. I had never spent any time other than a short business trip in Ohio, but I was lucky that I have a decent amount of friends out there since my corporate office was there.

snowbeltcyser

ABV: 6%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “From lake effect snow and nor’easters to snow rollers and polar vortexes, things can get a little crazy here in the snowbelt. Tales of road crews using this spiced cranberry cyser to treat icy roads are purely urban legend. Regardless of where you are, it’s sure to give you a brief respite from the winter months with it’s warming vanilla and cinnamon notes. Chill a bottle in the nearest snowdrift, snap a photo, and tag it #snowbeltcyser.”

Random: This bottle was another one that Val picked out, big surprise.

This mead poured with no head on top of a clear, pink body with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with sweet apples, cinnamon and cranberries. The taste was less towards the spice note and more towards cranberries. The cranberries provided some light tartness, which was balanced by the sweetness from the apples and honey. It had a vanilla extract note at the end of the sip. It had a light body with high levels of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with apples and honey. A bottle of this was $10, which came to $.59 per ounce. I enjoyed drinking this one and really enjoyed the cranberry flavor. If you see it on a shelf next winter, give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Meads are becoming increasingly popular and there are more and more unique takes on them on the shelves. It seems like B. Nektar specifically is putting out new meads every few weeks and they’re all solid. This one seemed like it would be especially interesting.

tucostylefreakout

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Tart lime engulfs the tongue followed by a creamy sweetness of honey and agave. Medium bodied with a lime pith bitterness on the semi-dry finish. A zip of acidity adds to the wonderful balance of the sweet, tart, and bitter flavors.”

Random: This is available April to September in bottles and on tap. They recommend pairing this one with Mexican food and rooftop pizza.

The mead poured with no head on top of a light, yellow-green body. The mead was still. On the nose, I picked up fresh-squeezed lime juice, wildflower honey and white grapes. It also had some agave. The taste was light and crisp with agave and lime. It also had a Sprite note. It also had a wildflower honey note that gave it some flowers that made this a bit more complex. The body was medium thickness without going to the point of syrupy. It had a lengthy finish with lime juice and honey. A bottle of this was $7.99, which broke down to $.47 per ounce. I really enjoyed this mead. It would make for a great paring with a shrimp taco. If you see this one on the shelves, it’s worth picking up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This morning’s selection is a mead that is best left until the end of the night, given how high the ABV is. Let’s see how it was.

mutantkillerzombie

ABV: 10%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Sometimes bad things happen and we have to make it right. When one of our scientists accidentally crossbred the DNA of Zombie Killer into The Zombies Take Manhattan this delicious mutant was born. While society may never let us create such an abomination again, we just couldn’t put it out if its misery. Enjoy this one while you can.”

Random: This is available in bottle and on tap.

The mead poured with a clear and still, bright pink body. The body had lightly toasted wood and overripe cherries. There was also some vanilla extract in the mead. Alcohol was quite noticeable on the nose, which wasn’t a surprise given the high ABV. It also had Red Delicious apples, honey and rye spice. The taste was intense and it took a few sips to get use to it. It started with strong cherry sweetness and transitioned into rye spice. There was also some cinnamon and toasted oak. There was also a sweet honey note. Booze warmed the back of my throat, although it wasn’t incredibly abrasive. The body was medium thickness and oily. It had a lengthy finish with boozy cherries and honey. A bottle of this was $12.99, which came to $.77 per ounce. I’ve always enjoyed the B. Nektar zombie series, but this was incredibly enjoyable. If you see it hanging out on a shelf, grab a bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Val and I picked this up in Maine and then, after trying it at the source, had no interest in popping open the bottle. We bought it at a beer store before we tried and I just wasn’t a fan. Lavender is generally hit or miss for me. I assume age didn’t help this one, but let’s see how it went.

lavenderlemonade

ABV: 7%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Originating as a HoneyMaker cocktail, this is a blend of mead and a house-made lemonade, infused with lavender and mint.”

Random: This is available year-round.

This mead poured with no head on top of a greenish-yellow body with lots of floaties. There was no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of lavender and a green herbal note (which I’m guessing is the mint) as well as wildflower honey which gave it a sweet and floral note. The taste started with lemon and quickly went into lavender fabric softener. If I need to be specific, I believe it was called Lavender Sachet. My mother would use it on all of the sheets and the scent is unmistakable to me. It also had a green note with mint but also some green NyQuil. After a few sips, it seemed to have a rosemary note as well. There wasn’t a lot of honey like the nose had, which was disappointing. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish with the lavender cleaner stuck around forever. This was $9 for the bottle, which broke down to $.56 per ounce. I wasn’t a big fan of this one, although I gave it a lot of points for being unique.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The amount of people that have hung up on me in the middle of a phone interview is pretty amazing. Today, I called two people (from my landline) and they both paused and then disconnected. I couldn’t imagine doing that during a phone interview. Anyways, mead time.

chipotlepollennation

ABV: 6%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “We’ve taken our gold medal winning Pollen-Nation and infused it with something special. This dry-hopped blackberry mead with saigon cinnamon is perfectly balanced with subtle heat from chipotle peppers. Once only available at festivals and in our taproom, Chipotle Pollen-Nation is now coming to the masses.”

Random: This is available in bottles and on draft.

This mead poured with no head on top of a clear, purple body. There was high carbonation visible. When I poured this, I expected a lot of fruit on the nose from the blackberries, but instead, I got a lot of chipotles and head. After a few sniffs, I also got some cinnamon and nutmeg notes. The taste had a lot more fruit. It had fresh, crushed blackberries with raspberries as well. The chipotles came through next and provided some aggressive head. The cinnamon was there as well, but more in the background. There were also berry seeds as well. As it warmed, I got some old, fermented berry juice and a bit of honey sweetness. The body was thick and syrupy with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with honey and blackberries and a residual heat. The bottle was $9, which broke down to $.53 per ounce. I enjoyed this one and I would definitely have it again, which isn’t surprising given the addition of chipotles.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

B. Nektar Apple Pi

Posted: July 25, 2016 in B. Nektar Meadery, Mead, Reviews

Tonight’s selection is a mead that Val picked out. I’ve been getting more into meads and ciders lately, so even though I am not the biggest fan of apple pie, I was intrigued by this one.

applepi

ABV: 12%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to the meadery website, “Rich, baked apple skin, creamy honey sweetness followed by strong rich pie spices, especially cinnamon. Truly like eating a piece of apple pie. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy and finishes sweet with a slight lingering warmth.”

Random: I put a Fresh Direct cardboard box on our bay window and our big cat loves jumping into it.

This mead poured a clear, light yellow color with some floaties in it. The nose has cooked apples and apple peel. The normal pie spices came through as well, manifesting in cinnamon and nutmeg. There was graham cracker thrown in there for good measure. The first thing that hit me about the taste was how intensely boozy it was. It took me a few sips to get over the heat. After that, cooked apples and ginger came through. There was also graham cracker and pie crust. Pie spice was strong with this mead with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. After a few sips, I picked up vanilla too. The body was thick and bordering on cloying, which I expected. It had a long finish with apple and hot booze. A bottle of this was $11.99, which came to $1 per ounce. I liked this mead and thought it was an interesting interpretation of apple pie, but the alcohol was abrasive.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

I’ve never seen this on the shelves before, and given that I like mead and I really like whiskey, I need to try this one.

sleepinggiant

ABV: 15.1%

Style: Mead

Trivia: According to beerpulse.com, “Once upon a time, there was a mead that just kept fermenting. At 19%, this is one of our strongest meads to date. This wildflower mead was aged in a rye whiskey barrel for a long, long time. Be careful not to awaken The Sleeping Giant.”

Random: I guess the original version was 19%…?

This mead poured a clear, lemon-yellow color. There was no carbonation visible as this was a still mead. The nose was filled with whiskey and straight booze. If I were blindfolded, I would think this was some sort of whiskey or rye, because I didn’t pick up any honey or sweetness. After I let the mead warm up, I got some molasses and brown sugar. The taste had more sweetness than the nose. It started with honey and green apples. It then went into oak, whiskey and significant rye spice. Light smoke and vanilla came through too. Then, there was a whole lot of booze and it had significant burn that lingered on the back of the throat. It was bordering on overwhelming for me, but for someone who didn’t like whiskey, this would be unpalatable. The body was thick and syrupy, as expected for a mead of this potency. The finish was lengthy with oak and rye spice. A bottle of this was not cheap at $23.99, which came to $1.89 per ounce. This mead really grew on me as it warmed. With that being said, I appreciate that a mead producer did something so different than the typical mead. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure I’d want it more than once a year.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0