ClubGonzo’s Porto Miel

Mead, 12.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Porto Miel, mead batch 34.

Pale amber to orange body.

So, ok, a mead fermented with souring bacteria and yeast, that ends up being oxidised instead of sour since the brewer forgot to put the lid on the fermenter. Well.

In the glass it looks pale amber to orange, a nice colour!

The aroma isn’t very strong, and it’s not as adventurous as the description on the label. It smells dryer than the typical ClubGonzo mead, and has notes of honey, oxidation, wood and port.

The flavour is quite strong, and it’s as oxidised as the aroma. Also some brown sugar. The taste is very sweet, but it dries up in the finish.

Conclusion: a fun twist with the oxidation, but not a terribly exiting brew.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.1/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Framboosenmead

Mead/Melomel, 14.5%

ClubGozo’s Framboosenmead, mead batch 33.

Deep red body.

Raspberries and beer is a lovely combination, so what about raspberries and mead?

In the glass it looks clear, and it has a very deep red colour.

The aroma is strong and laden with very sweet and overripe raspberries. There is not much tartness to be found here. Not much honey either, for that matter.

The strong flavour follows the overripe path of the aroma, with additional hints of cherry pits.

Oh, this is some serious sweet stuff! I had expected some acidity from the raspberries, but this is just pure sugary sweetness.

The texture is thick and syrupy.

Conclusion: a bit too violently sweet and overripe, but still a decent mead.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    11/20
Ratebeer score: 3.0/5.0