ClubGonzo’s Get Down and Boogie Woogie

Mead, 12.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Get Down and Boogie Woogie, mead batch 38.

This celebratory mead has been aged on whisky barrel oak chips, I guess I should have seen that one coming!

In the glass the Get Down etc. looks clear, and it has a dark golden colour.

The aroma is moderate, and the whisky oak chips have clearly done a thorough job: the peaty whisky is quite dominating at first, and I have to swirl the contents of my glass in order to bring forth the sweet honey notes. A complex, unusual and nice aroma!

In the mouth the peaty whisky contribution is less omnipresent, it blends more in with the very sweet honey profile. This mead is brewed with maple syrup, but I’m note sure if I manage to identify it (unless it mainly creates an additional layer of sweetness).

Conclusion: a nice touch with the peaty whisky notes, but maybe a bit too sweet. 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.4/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Agent Orange

Mead, 9.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Agent Orange, mead batch 36.

Orange mead in sunset.

I often like meads with added citrus, so let’s try one with juice and peel from oranges.

This is yet another clear mead, with a quite dark and good-looking golden colour.

The aroma is strong, and it clearly has notes of oranges mixed in with the honey.

The oranges are very present in the strong flavour as well, both as a solid, sweet and orangey fruitiness from the juice, and as a refreshing very light bitterness from the zest. I prefer more acidic citrus fruits like lemon and lime in mead, but oranges also works very well. It’s a sweet mead, but the sweetness is tamed by the acidity and bitterness from the fruits.

Conclusion: a well balanced and fruity mead.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:   13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.4/5.0