ClubGonzo’s Bear’s Delight

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.

ClubGonzo's Bear's Delight, Mead Batch 04. Relax, the bottle isn't as ice cold as it looks like.

ClubGonzo’s Bear’s Delight, Mead Batch 04. Relax, the bottle isn’t as ice cold as it looks like.

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.

This image doesn't do the  justice to the beautiful colour of this sweet masterpiece. Serving mead in a Hennessy cognac glass was a good idea, though.

This image doesn’t do the justice to the beautiful colour of this sweet masterpiece. Serving mead in a Hennessy cognac glass was a good idea, though.

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
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One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Bear’s Delight

  1. This was one of the first (early) meads I was really happy about. I like fruit and berry meads (melomels) and the “Skogsbær”-package of frozen assorted berries from Rema 1000 did the trick. 😀 Although I’ve picked up several tricks along the way in terms of using fruit and berries, as well as mead-making in general, I was lucky with this one. Glad you liked it, as well – this looks promising in terms of your familiarization with the mead genre and I’m looking forward to future ratings as usual. 🙂

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