Viking Blod
Dansk Mjød A/S

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
19%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 12.59%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
76
From:
Dansk Mjød A/S
 
Denmark
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
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  43
SCORE
90
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Viking BlodViking Blod
Notes: Not a beer

Nordic honey wine with hibiscus and hops added. Based on a recipe from about year 1700.
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Thurisaz_She0l from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost - to all the other reviewers who are saying this isn't beer. - That is correct. It is mead, they are nothing alike, as this is a Honey Wine. It just so happens to also have hops and other sundries within as well. Honestly, that combats the overly sweet taste common in many meads, without having to resort to a champagne yeast base. This mead is sweet, yet a bit tart with the hop and hibiscus, while the apricot smooths the transition between the two.

The taste profile has a hint of molasses, but I believe that comes from the hibiscus/apricot combined with the honey. I believe they may put a bit more honey in the brew after the fermentation process to make it so lovingly syrupy. Slick move, really!

Surprisingly, this is a great mead. A little pricey here, ~$25US especially with a few Meaderys close to where I live. The average mead goes for about 12-15% alcohol, while this one tops off at 19%, you really can not tell it is so high. When I brew mead, I usually go for 15-18%, so this one hits the spot for me.

If this is your first mead experience, I would suggest going with a more simple brew, keeping the more complex varieties (flavors, so many to choose from!) for after your first bottle.

Yes, I would recommend it, and I will be drinking this again.

Jun 24, 2020
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Viaduck from California

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First of all, I have to give this mead a 5 for the coolest name. Appearance: a lovely golden color. Aroma: just about perfect with honey, maple & hibiscus. Flavor is sweet & complex with hops that misses the mark of what appeals to me. I found Vikinggernes Mjod much closer to what I’m looking for in a mead. Feel is silky smooth & it’s 19% is well hidden. It’s is certainly enjoyable & worth trying but at $30 a bottle I probably won’t be buying more.

Oct 02, 2019
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Mister_Ivan_85 from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first time tasting mead, and i have to say i was not disappointed! the nose on this mead was amazing. strong spicy smell to it that matches the color of the drink. golden honey like consistency that matched the taste and texture of every sip. goes down pretty warm, not spicy and not hard to take. the alcohol content of 19% was never tasted, but for sure felt afterwards. and even then i wanted more. i wouldnt consider this a beer tho, more like a strong sweet wine or a light sweet liquor. will for sure be buying a few bottles to drink over the years. good job dansk mjod. sadly it is no longer brewed.

Jul 01, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank Viking Blod from my 1 liter Disneyland cup. The alcohol level is high, it is deceptively drinkable, it is very sweet, the bottle is big, and yes you'll get buzzed.

Look: semi-clear light brown and red with a thin quickly disappearing white head

Aroma: honey, maybe hibiscus

Taste: The flavor is honey, lots of honey with hint of hibiscus and grapefruit like hops, but mostly honey. The amazing thing is that the high alcohol level is not very noticeable.

Body/Overall: thick viscous body, easy drinking for the alcohol level.

Apr 30, 2019
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benfisher22 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best mead I've ever had. Perfect level of sweetness. Some meads tend to be a bit one dimensional, but not this one. It still retains that signature delicious honey flavor, but fills out the flavor profile with other wonderful complimentary flavors like like hibiscus. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Also the hearty bottle makes you feel like you're drinking something ancient in the best way, and I've kept mine to use for other stuff. I can't recommend this mead enough.

Mar 15, 2019
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Flat no bubbles with a transparent orange body. No head once again and super super clear body.

Smell: faint honey with hints of herbs and anise.

Taste: Sweet sweet beer, almost doesn't seem like beer but closer to rum soaked in herbs with hints of spice.

Mouth: Sticky icky brew. It's flat but heavy body with incredible stickiness.

Overall: good but don't expect it to taste like a beer. It's special, you can taste how potent the honey is and honestly if I was sick I would inhale the bottle. Salud!

Feb 19, 2019
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Bloodchaos94 from California

4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best mead I've ever had-- hands down. Too bad it's retired and so hard to find these days. Price is a bit high too (~30 bucks), but that would never deter me because it's 100% worth it. Very glad I got to try it before it goes entirely extinct. You can't go wrong with it, really, IMO.

Oct 07, 2018
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amsett10 from Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really well made and extremely tasty. Price is quite high at $30 but this is something that should last, most moderate drinkers, quite awhile. This mead also has a huge bite to it so drink it cautiously... Definitely something I would recommend.

Feb 25, 2018
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Edmundas from New York

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful honey color with a ring of small bubbles, like pearls, around the top along the edges.
Smell: Dominant honey smell with a hibiscus undertone.
Taste: Honey and hibiscus with a light minty aftertaste. It has a bit of a bite due to the ABV but the aftertaste is very smooth.
Feel: It's like drinking honey, very pleasant and rich texture.
Overall: Not something I would indulge again, but that's just my preference.

Jan 01, 2018
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Grinder from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased October 2017 in Door County. Amazing mead that does not taste 19% ABV but does have a little boozy bite (but not a 19% bite). Sweet as a after dinner drink like a port I suppose. Lots of honey and molasses(?) in this. I wonder what hops are used. A little expensive even for Door County in the off season but love this. Certainly NOT a beer

Oct 04, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Striking golden color, pours as a mead would. Nose is aggressively floral, tons of hibiscus, basil, pepper, medicinal alcohol with some crystal sugar & grassy hop underneath. Taste is obviously sweeter with a robust honey backbone, but those flower notes are still very muscular and borderline overwhelming. There is also a bit of oaky alcohol in there too, vaguely brandy / cognac, which helps even it out a little. A nice occasional alternative to a glass of port but there are better meads out there.

Mar 21, 2017
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BeerStud187 from California

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm... Seems more like a sweet scotch than a beer. I don't understand why any of the other ratings don't note the smokey/peaty flavor? It's super sweet, with a honey/smokey/peat finish. I don't get the hibiscus, champagne notes that others speak of. Still it's not that noticeable that your drinking that heavy of a beer. Note my thing, but definitely a different experience. Try it once and never again, but not your typical beer. Not delicious, but different. And it will f--- you up quick if that's your thing, although that's a lot of sugar to get lit on!

Sep 14, 2016
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TxBrewser from Texas

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Look: light amber, no carbonation, and obviously no head
Smell: Honey, Peach, Floral
Taste: Absolutely amazing! While I like mead on occasion, I have never particularly liked sweet mead. That changed today. Tastes like it smells but better. The alcohol is present, but not at all overwhelming. Simply delicious.
Mouthfeel: nothing surprising here...slightly syrupy with a mild astringency from the alcohol.

Overall: Really glad I put down the $15 for this at Pouring Glory in Ft. Worth, TX. A big departure for this hop-head, but a really pleasant one.

Mar 30, 2016
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Datts from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The pour is light amber with no head because it is a mead.

Smell is very sweet floral and honey

On the tongue there is a thickness that would come with a mead. The hops is only noticeable on the aftertaste. Sweet on the tongue and very floral.

A very easy drink for the ABV. No kick that barlywines or other high ABV beers may have. It fits in neatly between a hard liquor and a high ABV red ale.

The slight honey and hibiscus notes make it a great after dinner drink for people that do not like a dry red wine and dislike a scotch.

Feb 04, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: Definitely watered down apple juice, from another reviewer's description. Pear colored, clear. No head.

S: Super sweet and fruity. Apricots, plums.

T: Someone in our group called it "rocket fuel" but I'm more partial to apricots and plums on steroids. Holy sugar rush! Drink this one slowly, it has a potency with the 19%.

M: Heavy syrup. No carbonation to speak of.

O: I'm glad I got to try this interesting mead. It's certainly a conversation piece at a tasting.

Jan 07, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste is stone fruit--apricots and plums, honey, slight root beer, and tree bark. There are some interesting spices. Almost tastes like a sahti, but really tastes more of mead than beer. Really good for what it is. Glad I got to try this in bottle format as well as on tap. Expensive, but worth it if you want a mead.

Jul 10, 2015
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clearly not beer, so it's almost unfair to rate this, especially based on appearance. It looks like orangey pink wine. As you'd guess, a 19% ABV 'beer' produces no head. Not a bubble to be found.

It smells good, but it's nothing that resembles a beer. The honey and flowers are pronounced. That's about it. Nothing resembling a hop, a malt, or any yeast found my nose.

The taste reminded me of a wine cooler from back in the day, minus any carbonation. Again, no hops or malt. Plenty of alcohol, wine-like.

It's pretty smooth for something ('beer') so strong. Very fruity and floral. Plenty of heat from the ABV, but nothing overbearing.

Again, not sure this should count as a beer, because it simply isn't. It's kind of neat to sip, yes sip, in the way that Utopias is. It's fairly easy to drink for a 'beer' that is so strong. A neat experience.

Jun 16, 2015
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ordybill from Georgia

2.89/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a large ceramic bottle into a snifter.
Aroma- Has a sweet fruit aroma with a strong alcohol smell.
Appearance- The color of watered down apple juice, with no head.
Taste- The flavor is not bad but it is nowhere near tasting like a beer. Once you get that out of your head the honey flavor isn't bad, there is a strong alcohol taste and bite.
Palate- Dry, light bodied beer with no carbonation. Has a syrup like texture.
Overall- I think this is slightly over-rated by those before me. It would make a nice aperitif.

Mar 09, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickback's Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a clear light amber, with no head or lacing, as one would expect with a 19% beverage.

This smells really sweet and honey-ish, with some slightly stinging booze, apricot, honey, molasses, and pure sugar.

This is absolutely insane. The 19% is not felt as strongly as one would expect for something like this, but it's still definitely there, and provides a slight astringency and massive warmth to the taste. There's tons of honey and molasses, spices, and a little bit of hibiscus. This is intensely sweet on the finish.

This is fairly light bodied for the ABV and heft, with a sticky, syrupy, almost flat mouthfeel. The carbonation levels are exceedingly low.

This is an insane mead/beer. It's a mead made with hops, but the hops aren't noticeable. It tastes really great, but it's hard to get through a ton of it.

Feb 07, 2015
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lattydaddy07 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beast cool and warm. It is good around 50-55 degrees F. Honey and Booze galore. It gave me a very powerful feeling in the mouth. I warmed some up to roughly 180 degrees F as the serving suggestions suggested, 'Winter Warmer'. Being January in Illinois and snowing today, this appealed to me. Flavors are much more blended and smooth. The after taste is easy with hibiscus and maybe a bit hoppiness. I like it better warm. Very good.

Jan 26, 2015
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I_eat_beer from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.8%

One of the most incredible experiences. I love beer, not wine, but I idolize this gift from the gods. I've had it on tap and out of the bottle. I absolutely canNOT wait for my next encounter!

Oct 28, 2014
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