Bear’s Delight by ClubGonzo, Mead/Melomel, 14.7% ABV.
This mead has been brewed with floral honey, blueberries, blackberries, black currants and raspberries. Oh yeah.
It pours a clear, medium red body with an amber hue. Or pretty much like a cognac with a drop of red fruit juice. I suspect only a moderate amount of fruits has been used in this one, in my experience both black currants and blueberries will dye anything using just a few drops of juice… It looks alcoholic: nice legs are formed on the glass.
The aroma is strong and tempting with nice notes of honey, a fruity backdrop and a touch of caramel.
Very strong flavour of honey and overripe forest berries, and it has a vinous port-like feel with well integrated alcohol that gives a pleasant warming finish. The berry notes are not very strong, and I can’t pinpoint any single type of berry. On a good day I would say that’s because the berry notes are well integrated, on a bad day I’d probably claim that these notes are too faint. Today is a good day, and I find this a highly successful experience! The taste is quite heavy sweet. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, and the still, syrupy body is full.
Conclusion: a complex, well crafted mead with subtle notes of overripe berries. This was my co-rater’s very first mead, and his reaction was: «That’s nice… it’s surprisingly very good! It’s mouldy and autumnal.»
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 4/5 Overall: 14/20 Ratebeer score: 3.6/5.0