ClubGonzo’s Sweet Hot Smoke

Mead, 12.5% ABV.

ClubGonzo’s Sweet Hot Smoke, mead batch 21.

Holy smokes!

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