Blue for My Honey by ClubGonzo, Mead/Melomel, 11.6% ABV.
I had such a good time rating my very first homebrewed mead (ClubGonzo’s Heather Heathen) that I want to taste another one right away, before I’ll return to my regular beer ratings.
Blue for My Honey is a melomel, or a fruit mead. It’s made from honey, the label doesn’t say what sort, and blueberries.
This mead is deep red to purple, and the body is opaque. It looks like the last pour of a ruby port wine that someone forgot to decant. Looks tempting to me!
The aroma is rather strong, and leads me to believe that this mead also is based on Norwegian heather honey. The honey notes are nowhere near as dominating as they where for the Heather Heathen, due to a distinct fruity background. I’m not sure if it’s the port wine glass that’s trying to trick me, but the fruity notes strongly remind me of a fruity port wine, or maybe a sharper sherry. I also get faint traces of alcohol. It’s a complex and very inviting aroma.
The flavour is not very strong, it seems like the honey and the berries play each other down somewhat, leaving the alcohol notes a bit too dominant. The honey part is no longer obvious heather honey, while the fruity side is definitely blueberries. The flavour also has a distinct port wine feel, it seems oxidised in a pleasant way.
The taste is sweet, but it’s far less sweet than e.g. the before mentioned Heather Honey. The finish feels almost dry-ish, with the fruity dryness of unsweetened blueberry juice and the tannin-like pluckiness of blueberry skin. There is also a light acidic taste.
Conclusion: complex and nice elements from both honey and berries, and an elegant fortified wine feel. The flavour and aroma could have been stronger, and the alcohol better integrated, but definitely a tasty brew and an exciting sub-style of mead.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 13/20 Ratebeer score: 3.4/5.0