3fourths (8395) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mazer Cup 2013. brilliantly clear rich gold body with thick legs. both the honey expression and chile pepper expression are rich and layered. very aromatic caramelized sugar, toasted nuts, burnt honey, nut oils and stroopwafels. oily and chewy and full. add in a bright chile pepperiness (though not a lot of chile pulp or heat, instead a lot like padron or shishito peppers), and it’s sweet, full and acidic and spicy enough to wash the sugar from the mouth in a vibrant, sharp and flavorful finish. clean and bright capiscumel. the honey character is superb and I enjoy high acid so no surprise this my personal favorite of the judging.
radagast83 (5323) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Orchid Cellar. Poured a still golden yellow color. Aroma was mild, almost unoticable pepper skin notes, honey, crisp sweet notes. Flavor was light peppery warmth. Heat lingers on the rear roof of the mouth, but it isn’t overpowering. Pretty tasty.
Travlr (14471) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the source. Nice subtle peppers in this one, mainly at the finish. Tasty.
solidfunk (4784) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great balance in this one. Spicy and wonderful, and comes together awesome. Yellow gold pour with great light spice mixed in with the sweetness. Lovely stuff. Bottle at meadery.
GenDV138 (2659) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Orchid Cellar as part of their tasting. Golden yellow. Aromas of honey and peppers. Tastes of honey, apples, light peppers. Medium-light body with a dry and peppery warm finish. Chili peppers are nicely balanced.
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours dark gold and still. Aroma is light peppers, fragrant honey. Flavor is sweet honey and a sweet finish with light pepper spices. Full body and still.
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ MJ’s house. Thanks. Clear golden pour with some nice legs. Mild pepper aroma, lots of honey, caramel, and some vanilla. Slight grass and a strong flower note. Flavor is sweet honey, light pepper, and very mild spice on the finish. Grass, flowers, and some caramel. A hint of vanilla as well.
snoworsummer (2858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting at MD Wine Festival. Pours clear bright gold. Aroma is honey, pears, hot peppers, toast, and caramel. Flavor is smooth, sweet honey and brown sugar finishing with hot pepper spice that lingers nicely. Medium body. Pretty interesting.
sonnycheeba (4044) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at MD Wine Festival. Pours clear bright gold. Aroma is honey, pears, hot peppers, toast, and caramel. Flavor is smooth, sweet honey and brown sugar finishing with hot pepper spice that lingers nicely. Medium body.
onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 Clear brilliant golden with an aroma like caramel honey butter. Flavor is buttery with sweet caramel and honey notes with a slight peppery heat, finishing sweet and buttery in a good way. Just a little hot and peppery.