Tonneau du Pauvre by JoKr Brewers, Mead, 12.4% ABV.
This mead is based on floral honey and is aged on French oak chips for nearly a year.
In the glass it looks clear, pale and golden.
The aroma is strong and is, not surprisingly, dominated by floral honey, but obvious notes of oak are also very present. The alcohol is noticeable, but in a pleasant way.
The oak is even stronger in the flavour, especially in the finish. I find the woody and slightly vanilla exit to be a nice contrast to the initial flavour of pure honey. I also get hints of dried dark fruits, but I suppose that these elements are also products of the oak chips. The alcohol is not exactly hidden, but it’s 100% clean. The taste is moderate sweet, but I’ve had much sweeter meads, and in the finish it all dries up significantly.
The mouthfeel isn’t as excellent as other Bergen meads. It isn’t as full-bodied and lovely syrupy as the best ones. It feels a bit like it has been diluted with a couple of shots of vodka.
Conclusion: a nice straight forward mead with additional fun caused by the oak chips.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 13/20 Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0