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Brewed by Makana Meadery
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Grahamstown, South Africa

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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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This mead is somewhat of a shock to the senses. African Birds Eye Chili or Habanero Chili lends an interesting wooded nose to the mead, which is entirely overwhelmed by the first sip, which clears the sinuses in a way similar to that of eating half a cup of Wassabi with a sushi roll. This mead is best served as an ice breaker at dinner parties, especially if the food will be hot. It is also quite amusing later on in a dinner party to circulate a bottle of Chili mead when some of the guests become competitive.


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2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GTAEgeek (1273) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Shared a glass some time ago at the Brick Store Pub. This mead smells nice; lots of honey, with notes of hickory and vanilla. Following the first sip, though, the chilies come forward (Tabasco sauce leaps to mind) and don’t go away. The flavor is sweet, with a lot of earthy spiciness that doesn’t overpower, but is unpleasant and difficult to drink. This is a very unsettling experience in a mead. Wouldn’t recommend.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx76 (645) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On draught at Belmont station - pours clear golden without head. Nose of strong vinegar. Taste is dominate of white vinegar, hints of Merlot and honey. More like a drinking vinegar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1443) - Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On draught at Belmont Station. Clear honey color. Aroma is sweet honeycomb and vinegar. Taste starts with the aroma notes, but adds wine, chili, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. One of the most interesting things I’ve tasted, but too much going on.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft at Of Love & regret. Bright yellow color. Aroma of red fruit on a background of subtle peppers. Taste is smooth, bittersweet pepper flesh, minimal heat, dry finish. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2206) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 18, 2014
Taster - nose is honey in a Parisian metro station. Definitely mead + honey. White wine similarities. Cloying but somehow dry. Not too much heat. Fairly sweet but also makes my nose sweat, but not from the heat. Fairly boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. This time, it’s explicitly labeled as a "Chili Meade" on the menu. Mostly clear golden color. A very mild haze to it. No head or lace. Really nice fruity aroma up front in the palate. Like, some tropical type fruit, really interesting. Some apple, pear, and a good mild chile kick in the finish... Definitely much different than the last IQHILIKA I had on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Really dig the mild chile bite in the finish, it’s enough to be noticed, but not so much to wreck my palate or make this hard to drink. It’s a nice balance. There’s enough moderate sweetness to mellow out the chile spice. Great, complex tasty mead... I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Sweetness not as big as you’d expect for 12%. It all works very nicely.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3863) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Poured a pale golden yellow color with aromas of sweet honey and hit peppers. Flavors are sweet honey upfront with some peppery heat in the aftertaste. A little too hot for me. Sampled at six ten brewing in Tampa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5183) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
5oz pour at Of Love and Regret. Pours a clear, honey gold with zero head and some mild carbonation. Nose is very floral, honey, some ripe fruit, no real hint of any chili. Flavors are the same, sweet honey, flower petals, dripping pear. If there’s any chili, it’s a bit of a peppery pinch on the end. Really smooth finish. Dangerously smooth for something listed at 12% abv.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5026) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
On tap at Of Love & Regret. Small, ~5oz pour or so (looks like more). Poured a pretty clear golden color with no head to speak of, liquid sticks to the edges real well here. Aroma was mostly honey, slightly floral. Flavor was dry, with a touch of residual sweetness. I didn’t get any chili heat off of this one, though I did have a touch of dry warmth on the throat, though I just attributed that to the high alcohol content more than anything. Nice, but kind of forgettable without that heat that I was hoping for.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Tap sample. Poured clear pale color with good legs. Medium to heavy floral honey, hot spice and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and long legs. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid interesting mead.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
b3shine (5819) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a still and transparent gold. Smells of pepper spice first and mild honey second. Tastes like it smells, but not as rich, and more honey than spice. Average on the palate. Okay, but forgettable, and pretty thin for a 12% mead.


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