Viking Blod
Dansk Mjød A/S

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
19%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 12.35%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
79
From:
Dansk Mjød A/S
 
Denmark
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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Reviews by Wobbly:
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Wobbly from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1%

Outstanding mead.

Aug 31, 2014
More User Reviews:
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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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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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Sir_Goatman from Oregon

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

Nov 18, 2019
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MattDecker from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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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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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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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Mar 22, 2015
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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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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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jaydoc from Kansas

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2017
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cokert from South Carolina

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

Sep 09, 2017
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DangerDawg from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Apr 19, 2015
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steveholehan from Texas

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Aug 11, 2018
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bushwack from Alabama

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2018
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jettjon from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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mattjp03 from Alabama

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 04, 2017
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jayarre from California

3.56/5  rDev -15.4%

Oct 05, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 22, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B-

Jan 22, 2016
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archero from Texas

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

Sep 28, 2017
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nicole309 from Alaska

3/5  rDev -28.7%

Dec 15, 2014
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 05, 2019
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grahuba from Connecticut

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

Jan 19, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw 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
Viking Blod from Dansk Mjød A/S
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 79 ratings