Mead, 12.5% ABV.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m a total chilli sissy. So let’s see if I can handle a mead with chipotle!
It looks like very many other meads, i.e. clear and golden. This one is a bit darker than many, though.
The chipotle is very present in the strong aroma, this is a very smoky brew! It actually feels quite peaty. Is this a whisky with honey? How special!
The flav… *cough* flavo… aargh… ouch… is… well, let’s put it this way: the name of this mead is extraordinarily fitting! It is very hot indeed, and the heat is absolutely caused by smoked chillies. Lots of smoke, lots of heat and a nice honey sweet background. Acidity might be an efficient way of balancing sweetness in meads, and this brew shows that chilli heat is definitely another.
After a few sips I’m adjusting to the heat, and the Sweet Hot Smoke actually turns out to be quite drinkable.
Conclusion: a crazy creation that is a bit too hot for my delicate palate, but highly entertaining and tasty.
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 6/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 13/20 Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0