Honey Sun Iqhilika (Mead) - African Birds Eye Chili

Brewed by Makana Meadery
Style: Mead
Grahamstown, South Africa


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
EHSRanders (2037) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle. Clear golden color with virtually no head. Sweet honey aroma. Sweet burning flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5414) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Sampled at the Cajun Cafe Cider and Mead Fest 2015. Pours a still deep honey yellow. Nose is noticeable honey, vinous red wine, some earthy peppers, and mild booze. Flavor is similar with vinous character, honey, earthy peppers, and some dry oak. A definite sipper and a cool combination of vinous and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tchaos (428) - New York, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Draft at Cajun cafe. Pours clear, still Amber. Aroma is Honey and fruit with a hint of pepperiness. Taste is Mild honey and pepper with medium-light body. Dry finish. There are many better capsicumels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear dark golden color with very little head on it at all. Nose seems a bit sweet, with both honey and apples coming through. Taste is slightly sweet, but also has a nice bit of chili spice coming through, and makes it quite tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Draft at The Mansion. Didnt notice the heat at all. Some moderate sweetness, a bit sour, with a flat palate. Not really my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx76 (651) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1483) - 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 Ive tasted, but too much going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23604) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (3073) - Taylor Mill, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. This time, its 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, its enough to be noticed, but not so much to wreck my palate or make this hard to drink. Its a nice balance. Theres 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 youd expect for 12%. It all works very nicely.

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