GTAEgeek (1239) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Travlr (12341) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
burg326 (3767) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nimbleprop (4987) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
b3shine (5577) - Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
queenholly (2987) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light fruity vinegar aroma. Clear gold. Cloyingly sweet honey flavor with a light chili after burn. Full body. Too sweet for my personal taste.
shrubber85 (7746) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Strawberry, honey, vinegar, and chili pepper aroma. Pale yellow color. Sweet berry, honey, light vinegar flavor with a mild red pepper burn in the finish. Nicely blended. Pretty good.