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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burg326 (5613) - 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.

nimbleprop (8792) - 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.

radagast83 (8504) - Arlington, 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.

Tmoney99 (15029) - 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.

b3shine (9190) - 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.

queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2013
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 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
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.

Suttree (6520) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Pours still, golden colored and clear. Smells like honey and chili peppers, as one might expect. Sweet honey notes up front and a touch of red wine and oak. Finish with a slow building burn. Not bad in moderation.

GTAEgeek (2455) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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.

Patrickctenchi (6750) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours clear, still, gold....no head.
Honey, spice aroma.
Taste is honey, pepper, sweet...
Slowly ramping chile burn, but not as intense as others have indicated...
Different and pleasant.
Very good.

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