ClubGonzo’s First Date

First Date by ClubGonzo, Mead, 17.2% ABV.

ClubGonzo's First Date, mead batch 06.

ClubGonzo’s First Date, mead batch 06.

A lovely, deep copper body.

A lovely, deep copper body.

This mead is based on dark forest honey and date syrup.

The First Date pours a good-looking, clear, deep cognac coloured body.

Strong aroma of honey (believe it or not), brown sugar and other dark elements that I find hard to pinpoint. It is also possible to smell that this one contains a decent amount of alcohol.

The flavour is very strong and follows the aroma. I often find dates in dark beers, but I actually think it’s difficult to spot the dates in this mead It has a more of a generic dark feel, if that makes any sense. The taste is heavy sweet.

The mouthfeel is very pleasant, it’s thick and syrupy, and even though the alcohol is apparent it’s quite well integrated for such a high ABV brew.

Conclusion: a quite nice mead, but not the very best. I wonder how much of the dark aroma and flavour is caused by the date syrup and how much is simply due to the dark honey?

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.2/5.0

One comment on “ClubGonzo’s First Date

  1. Interesting to notice that while you find a lot of other brews very alcohol-heavy where I don’t, the ones I find overtly alcohol-dosed practically slip through your net. 🙂 First Date has, despite two years of cellaring, still a lot of alcohol going on, both in aroma (mostly) and taste. It’s kind of disturbing, in my opinion, and is the greatest drawback of an otherwise OK mead. I do think the dates come through, but perhaps not as much as I had hoped for. I also think the date tones has gone less protruding with cellaring, blending in with dark honey and oxidation. It used to be more date-ish, but then also much harsher in its alcohol-fusel-like composition. Oh well, sometimes I guess you can’t have it all. 🙂 The score I agree with, although for slightly different reasons.

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