Viking Blod | Dansk Mjød A/S

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Viking BlodViking Blod

Brewed by:
Dansk Mjød A/S

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not a beer

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

Added by Wobbly on 08-31-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 48
Photo of I_eat_beer
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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!

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Photo of Datts
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of TxBrewser
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of lattydaddy07
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerStud187
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Viking Blod from Dansk Mjød A/S
3.77 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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