Viking Blod
Dansk Mjød A/S

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From:
Dansk Mjød A/S
 
Denmark
Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
19%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 12.47%
Ratings:
80
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 25, 2022
Added:
Aug 31, 2014
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  43
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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3.85 by magikbagel from Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2022
 
3.9 by Jarrod_LC from Louisiana on Mar 01, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by MattDecker from Texas

Look: auburn Carmel, opague
Smell: ethanol at first, sweet fruitiness, grassy, sweet sour smell
Taste: earth fruitiness, honey sweet, strawberry, some slight hoppy bitterness on the end, sweetness stays on the tongue for awhile
Feel: syrupy,
Overall: a delight with a cool name!

Oct 30, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jettjon from Florida

From a 750ml ceramic bottle with no legible freshness date, into a Perfect Pint glass. It’s a hazy golden color with zero head or carbonation. Nice smells pleasantly of honey with perhaps some alcohol and clove-like spice. Taste is very sweet with strong alcohol presence. Not exactly honey flavored but kind of like a fruity syrup with a little bit of musky scuppernong type flavor. A bit of black tea, simple syrup, raisins, butter. A little bitter but no distinguishable hops character. Quite complex. As others have mentioned, alcohol is very well masked. Mouth is like diluted syrup, sticky yet smooth and quenching. Overall very good; I’ve had mead before and this is probably the best I’ve tried. Still it’s a bit too syrupy sweet for me; I think I’d enjoy a slightly more attenuated sweetness. And at about $25 US this is a once and done for me.

Oct 11, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Thurisaz_She0l from Georgia

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
 
4.28 by PvtSnowball from Florida on Dec 24, 2019
 
5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Nov 18, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Viaduck from California

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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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Mister_Ivan_85 from Texas

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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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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
 
4 by goatse from Florida on Mar 22, 2019
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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by benfisher22 from Virginia

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
 
4.19 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 05, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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
 
4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut on Jan 19, 2019
 
4.06 by bushwack from Alabama on Dec 24, 2018
 
4.24 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Nov 23, 2018
 
4.32 by Arcturus89 from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2018
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4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Bloodchaos94 from California

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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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by steveholehan from Texas

An exceptional mead. Not your typical beer. Very sweet and something that really makes you happy to be alive. Enjoy!

Aug 11, 2018
 
4.04 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jun 17, 2018
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4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by amsett10 from Indiana

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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4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by Edmundas from New York

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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2.7/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 1
by TheHonestDrinker from Texas

If Viking blood tasted like the souls of a honey bee's butthole, this would be it. Plus a buzz ton of booze.

Dec 29, 2017
 
4.37 by festizio from California on Nov 22, 2017
 
4.19 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 06, 2017
 
2.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Oct 13, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Grinder from Wisconsin

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
 
4.25 by archero from Texas on Sep 28, 2017
 
5 by cokert from South Carolina on Sep 09, 2017
 
4.13 by Griphon from Florida on Aug 20, 2017
 
4.02 by mattjp03 from Alabama on Jul 04, 2017
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3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.44 by Purified from Illinois on Feb 19, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kw_pip from Vermont

Draught. Reminds me of sherry. Very expensive.

Oct 13, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BeerStud187 from California

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
 
5 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Jul 09, 2016
 
3.8 by VABA from Virginia on Jun 19, 2016
 
3.44 by tregan_20 from Connecticut on May 20, 2016
 
4.28 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Apr 22, 2016
Viking Blod from Dansk Mjød A/S
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 80 ratings