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Braggot - Crabtree Brewing Company

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crabtree Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  7.85% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A unique ale brewed with Colorado grown hops. We blended an Imperial Stout, English Mild and infused an overwhelming amount of honey for your enjoyment!

(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 05-23-2009)
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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 20 Mar 2010.

Upon serving a huge lacy fluffy brown head completely fills the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Well carbonated. The beer itself is very dark brown in color. Aroma is strong, a lot of CO2 (well more the feel of CO2 filling the lungs), a melony sweetness, and betadine (antiseptic). Starts with sweet roasted malts, some honey. Just a touch of coffee. Warming alcohol in the finish with lingering sweet malts and honey in the aftertaste. Medium body.

The antiseptic aroma was a definite turn off, fortunately it did not show up in the taste...

htomsirveaux, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, so never had a braggot and I'm going off of written "guidelines" of what it should be like.
A stout pour. Dark ruby and brown, thin edges. Looks black until viewed up close. Slight foamed up head, little lacing. Looks like a stout/porter

Smell is faint in all of the following: figs, prune, cocao, coffee, and pear. Didnt' get any honey.

Taste follows the nose. It just seems the flavors aren't dancing in rhythm. A slight sweetness, not honey so much. A very slight hop presence. Not sure if I like this beer. Seems average.

Mebuzzard, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 1/9/10

Poured into a pint glass. Ptich black body.. couldn't see through it at all. 1 finger, tan head that faded to thin layer quickly.

Smell was very sweet. Dark roasted malts. Some toffee and raisins along with some hints of alcohol.

Taste had a great balance between bold and drinkable. Sweetness upfront that fades to a toffee, honey, molasses like finish. Fair amount of roasted flavor with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a medium body with a slick finish that was sticky on the tongue.

Drinkabiliy was good. Fairly sweet with a nice blend of flavors. Mild signs of ABV.

This was my first Braggot so I was unsure of what to expect, but I ended up enjoying this beer quite a bit. Bottle says stout blended w/ honey and flavors for that seem to hold true.

riored4v, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark copper with a thick poor. A fizzy cream cap has a slightly pink tinge to it. Head retention is just OK. Doesn't leave much lace behind.

S: Seems very stout like initially due to strong burnt charcoal aromas. Let the nose linger, and the powerful honey comes through. Let it linger more, and the alcohol arrives accompanied by a slight apple cider quality.

T: Honey powered stout is the theme here. The honey flavor is very strong. It's quickly supplemented by flavors of espresso and baking chocolate. Bitterness is mild and brings a burnt oak flavor to the table. Even though the ABV isn't terribly high, there's a slight alcohol flavor at work too. Finishes with lingering honey and burnt bitter flavors.

M: The body is heavy and thick, yet also quite fizzy.

D: I've only had one other Braggot, and this one didn't quite stand up to it. That said, I still enjoyed this beer a lot. It's quite unique, and a very nice effort on the part of the folks at Crabtree.

Rayek, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the brewery. It was poured into a pint glass. The foam was brown color with slight green tinting. The drink itself is dark brown hue like used motor oil. The smell is that of roasted malts with a sweet tones of caramel. The taste of the beer itself is that of a honey, malt, and an alcohol base. This beer is a good beer. One that I wouldn't want day and night but a good change within the order of beers.

Tolnik, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of jamesm7485
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark pour not very thick like alot of ris pours usually are.

The smell is very unusual if i did not research the beer first i would have a hard time picking some of the scents out. some mild roast malts, can very faintly smell the tea.

The honey and tea come out alot more in the taste and as the beer warms up

mouth feel is decent again kinda on the thinner side than the ris i am used to

It it good and im glad i tried it but i couldnt do more than a bomber of this, it is worth trying but probally not something ill seek out again.

jamesm7485, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a big rocky light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, black licorice, some fruits and sweet honey.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts with a lot of sweet sugary honey that dominate a little bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth but slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer mixing honey and an imperial stout. A little much on the sweet side for me.

Beaver13, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty strange one that I couldn't pass up! The brewer claims it's an imperial stout blended with an English mild...and infused with a ton of honey. They don't get much more "extreme" than that idea.
Pours a pretty deep brown black with more head than I expected. This beer is definitely thick, though.
Smells pretty sweet with the honey, but the smells of a big stout (roastiness, malt) are also there.
I'm picking up a lot of honey and molasses flavors up front. In the middle is where the stout flavors carry through. Mild coffee, cocoa, and dark bread. The finish picks up the honey sweetness again, but it's not cloying. It IS still a sipper, though.
My wife claims she didn't get much honey, but that was the main flavor I got. Because it was a stout backbone, it amplified that flavor and made it a little sweeter.
I'm assuming the mild blend kept the stout flavors and strength from going crazy.
Mouthfeel is thick, but appropriate.
Overall this was easy to drink and we both finished our glasses quicker than expected.
Good across the board.
This is my first beer from Crabtree, but I liked it. It's creative, well crafted, and tasty.

Domingo, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Wegbier
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is hard to find many beers in the world with these appearance qualities. It is completely black with just tiny bit of ruby around the sides. The head is something special, so thick and pillowy that it sticks above the rim for awhile and laces as it falls to a basic retention with some small bubbles.

s- very light floral hop with big malt character that is struck with honey.

t- explosion of taste, some hops are right up front to malty to mainly stouty and dark bitter chocolate, smoky, creamy, honey, this is a big taste and isnt even in the same category of what most people think of Crabtree. Lots of honey and stout.

m- medium to full body, bubbly. Honey is a very enjoyable finish.

d- very sweet but scary how drinkable this is. If you ask the employees at the brewery, this beer is above the listed alcohol level more like 9 to 10abv and it masks it very well

The sweetness is overly intense but a very exciting beer.

Wegbier, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my COAST Brewing pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown with garnet hues when held into the light. Gives off a huge three fingers width of mocha colored head. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S- Getting a smoked, burnt coffee bean aroma. There was a little sweetness from the honey, but for the most part the aroma is dominated by malts and coffee beans.

T- Upfront the english mild pairs well with the heavy malt flavors of the stout. A little bit of hops bitterness is detectable as well. Eventually gives way to what is unfortunately not that great of a stout flavor. Very unrefined, more of a charred taste rather than burnt coffee beans. The sweetness from the honey does lessen the harshness, but not completely.

M- Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied with nice amount of carbonation. Coats the palate well and doesn't dry out the mouth.

D- Aside from the charred flavor, this beer was pretty easy to drink. Alcohol was there, but not over done.

Overall, I was real excited to try this beer. Not a bad attempt at all. I really liked the fusion of the english mild and sweetness of the honey. If the imperial stout fused in this beer was better than average, this would be one hell of a beer.

rhinos00, May 23, 2009
Braggot from Crabtree Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.