First Date by ClubGonzo, Mead, 17.2% ABV.
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