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Brewed by Maxwell Wines
Style: Mead
McLaren Vale, Australia


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Maxwell Spiced Mead displays a bouquet of honey and citrus, plus an added zest from the spices cinnamon and cloves. These spicy characters are carried through on the palate, filling the mouth with a complex and satisfying array of flavours. Traditionally served hot (not boiling) to enhance its aromas and warm the soul, it can also find uses in the kitchen as an ingredient in cakes and fruit pies. Try serving it chilled with dry ginger ale, ice and mint.

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kerenmk (5374) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 14, 2017
From bottle at the Dancing Camel Brewpub, Tel Aviv.clear dark gold. Aroma of clove, honey and dry eucalyptus leaves. Sweet, slightly bitter and leafy with a hint of allspice. Light body, bitter and a bit medicinal finish.

Neptunius777 (38) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2011
Amber, golden brown hue, quite enticing. Nil carbonation Aroma is of Christmas night: cinnamon, cloves, spices, oranges, black pepper. Palate is zesty, peppery, and pleasantly warming, the taste is sweet, tangy, with overtones of black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Thin flavour with a dissipating finish, yet warming. Perfect for a cold winter’s night.

Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
Brown / orange body more brown I guess, and completely flat like all meads, looks nice but boring, not really a fan of this style of “beer”. The aroma is very sweet, cinnamon and cloves dominate the smell very spicy, smells like Christmas a touch of warm alcohol thrown in the mix to. Very sweet tasting, sickeningly sweet tasting in fact, and besides the insane sweetness all you can really taste is the cinnamon. The feel is very thin but yet soft, not enjoying it, the after taste is like chewing cinnamon gum. I guess this taste ok buy no way in hell I could ever drink more than one glass of this in a year, just too sweet for my liking and for the price it just aint worth it

nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden with a handful of tiny bubbles sticking to the glass. Aroma of honey, cloves, cinnamon and apple. Honey is in the background with the flavour being dominated by the cloves and cinnamon. This is easy to drink and finishes sweet and spicy. A decent drop indeed.

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
(750ml bottle) Sampled at Ciderwinder 5 in Victoria. Courtesy of Oakes. Deep brown amber body. Nose of clove, green leaf, egg. Flavour is incredibly sweet and chili finish. Good.

Oakes (19576) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Dull, slightly golden brown hue. Nice spicy complexity to the nose - nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet - there some bold sweet spiciness, a soft lactic acidity, actually not much mead character. But it’s a pretty nice drink.

ALLOVATE (3095) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2006
The fat boy with a lithe body, this one packed such a punch into such a tight space,... if that makes sense!!!
Room temperature, port glass.
Alluring honey glazed, golden amber body. Appears thin though it films the side of the glass. Strange, leftfield aroma of hickory smoked- and barbecue-sauce, heavy layers of clove and tarred oak, a spicy tickle on the olfactory of the winter warming alcohol frenzied up by fresh ginger and cracked cumin. The list goes on, this aroma simply had a little of everything all beautifully captured in the glass. Lovely. Silky and smooth in the mouth. Quite light in body but definitely not full of life. Pronounced ginger and cloves here, with a tail off of that strange BBQ sauce flavour. The front of the tongue just saps the tree-bark honey flavours that offer a lovely balancing sweetness to it’s otherwise dry length. The spices come alive in back like fresh cracked pepper, cloves and star-anise with just a light tangy note reminiscent of lemon zest. Tickles and draws. Finish is rather short, sadly, though warming and beautifully refreshing. Lovely whilst cool, how goes it warm:-
Poured thinner, looser and more like heated honey clinging to the cold of the glass. Aroma could excite a smoky, jam-packed bar with such a heady strength, it could easily clear the most clogged of sinuses. Similar to itself cool, but so much in high gear it was like pouring it straight into the nasal cavities. Very nice, have even the wife hooked now. Flavour now centres around fresh, spicy ginger root, cloves and medicinal alcohol with a lot more length showing generous spice and so much warmth. It is like an elixir, I love it.
Everything about this is original. One of the strangest meads I’ve tasted, yet easily the best. The first my wife has tasted and I need to now hide the bottle as she loves the stuff. Complex, strange and proud. A nice drop. (75cL, The Beer Store Morley)

luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Sampled this at International Mead Fest, Boulder, Co. Mead poured a hazy, light amber color. The aroma is nice and warming with strong notes of pumpkin pie spices, honey, sweet apple, and a trace of vanilla. Plenty of warm alcohol in the nose, too. The flavor is heavily (read:dessert) sweet, lightly acidic wih an average-length, heavily sweet, trace salty finish. Neat bread-like retros. The finish is pretty clean for something this sweet and full of tummy-pleasing warmth. The body was full, the texture was syrupy and there was a light, comforting alcoholic feeling in the finish. I found this quite evocative of fall and want to get my hands on more!

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 2002 bottle. Aroma of cloves, cinnamon, apples. A sweet potpourri. Copper colour. No head. No carbonation.Viscous liquid holds the surface of the glass. Flavour is honey, lots of honey and cloves which almost overpowers the cinamon. Drinks like a wine. A sipping drink. Heat it up as the bottle suggests and the spices burn the hair in your nose. The heat brings out the alcohol flavour and turns it into a sweet liquor. Not complex, but a small glass is perfect for dessert or a nightcap.

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