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Kuhnhenn Braggot - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 65
Gots: 39 | FT: 9
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  12.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marburg on 09-22-2003

Braggot is mead and beer combined, this batch won the Bronze medal at 2012 GABF, one of only three medals given to Michigan breweries in the state This batch was made with Michigan Wildflower mead and Scottish Ale. Frank and Eric collaborated to make this award winning mead.
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a recent trade with mikeyson4, thanks dude!

This one pours a clear medium amber, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells super wonderful, ripe honey, dark fruit, slightly tart grape, raisin, and some booze.

This has a really unique flavor to it that I honestly quite love. There's a great dark honey flavor, earthy and ripe, with some slight mustiness, grape, raisin, dark cherry flesh, with a slightly boozy finish. It's definitely not a strong boozy presence though, more warming than anything. Definitely some overripe prune as well. Maybe a little chocolate, too.

This is medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

Another delicious high octane brew from Kuhnhenn.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The nose is the best part about this beer. It has so many great aromas, and smells more like a good quad than a braggot. The flavors are sweet caramel, toffee, raisin, and a little dark fruit. Meh to good beer. Hides the 12.8% well.

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Photo of rudzud
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in a trade a long, long time ago. 2011 vintage.

A- Poured into my Duvel tulip a murky chestnut hue with visible carbonation, however, no actual head or such.

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, sticky sweetness, honey, bit of alcohol.

T - Taste is very sweet, caramel sauce, super sweet malts. Tastes almost like one of those 'Bit O Honey' candies, or a honey hard candy the kind with the honey filling. Cloyingly sweet, sticky, alcohol hidden though.

M - Mouthfeel is very sticky and sweet, cloyingly so. Alcohol was hidden relatively well though due to age.

O - Overall this is a tough style. Typically VERY sweet and loads of honey notes it's hard to make this beer not taste syrupy or heavy. The age helped this, sure, but, it is what it is.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of justinp444
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is caramel with a thin beige ring of foam. Smell of honey, light malt, apple. Taste of honey, fig, raisin, roast bread, caramel and brandy. Has a clean smooth mouth feel with a tiny bit of crispness.

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Photo of Dope
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle.

A: Pours....almost black. Whoa. Very dark brown at least. Small, tiny little tan head despite an aggressive pour. No head retention, no lacing, nada. Practically looks still.

S: Huh. Kinda reminds me of a scotch ale. A little bit of smoke and some dark caramel. Stronger though. Menacing. Sticky caramel and molasses mostly.

T: Whoa. Very sweet. Loads and loads of honey and caramel up front. A little bit of that familiar scotch ale smoke/peat taste. Molasses even? Toasted sugars and caramel into the finish. Add some honey and that sweet taste lingers on forever.

M: Very heavy and syrupy. Almost no carbonation.

O: Wow. Super duper sweet, cannot be overstated. Only a few beers from the Bruery can compare. Lack of carbonation only adds to the crazy syrupy body and flavor. Thank god this is only 12 ounces. It's good but it's just hard to drink, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2014 vintage. Cola color with a few stray bubbles on top. No retention or lacing. Aroma of caramel and anise, spicy, with hints of peat. In the taste, licorice, tar, tobacco, peat, notes of dark dried fruit and honey. Left a bad taste in the mouth like smoking a bad cigar. Some syrupy booze in there, with an otherwise harsh mouthfeel. Not very drinkable, not very good...

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No bottling date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with chestnut hightlights and a half finger pale froth. Those bubbles quickly fade to a tiny ring which subsequently disappears entirely without leaving any lace.

Aromas are sweet. Honey, toffee, vague fruits and some caramel.

Taste follows the nose. Honey, unripe dark fruits, toffee, red wine, caramel, raisin bread and a fairly hefty booze heat. All in all this comes accross as a Scotch ale on honey and sugar steroids.

Mildly syrupy, medium full body with a strange carbonation that I feel tingling in my mouth but doesn't show in the glass. The finish maintains that theme of honey, fark fruit and toffee.

Kuhnhenn's Braggot is a nice blend of malty ale and mead. A sweet, enjoyable departure from my typical routine and well worth a try for anyone that may be curious.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into teku glass. 2014 vintage, label says 12.8% abv.

A- Pours a muddy looking brownish color with some light translucency around the sides, not much of a head forms but carbonation appears to be fairly lively but not overdone.

S- Very malty, definitely has that scotch ale presence, some caramel, has a little bit of a floral aspect going on, can detect a little bit of booze.

T- Scotch malt, some floral notes, grain, caramel, light sweet honey, booze definitely detectable. Finishes with a more pronounced scotch malt presence and a light honey sweetness.

M- Light fizzy carbonation, alcohol is up front but finishes fairly smooth, medium bodied with a hint of syrupy aspect.

O- I haven't had many other braggots to compare this to, but while I wasn't blown away I thought this was pretty solid. Has a nice malty sweetness to it and you can detect the booze but it drinks a lot easier then you would expect it to.

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Photo of LauraTheExplorer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Review of the 2014 bottling of Kuhnhenn Braggot.
This 2014 bottle is a 'Brewery only' release that was included in Kuhnhenn's Winter Solstice Party special mixed six pack.
This Braggot is exceptional IMHO, as brewmaster Todd Schwem found the perfect balance with this beer / mead . I am NOT a fan of honey flavored meads or honey in general, so this Braggot surprised me. I call it lightly sweet with a nice effervescence, and an earthy undertone(must be the beer portion) and a fresh baked shortbread- like character.... Gosh, just a nice quaff ! Very impressed with this.

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Photo of WCW
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn's Description
2014 -Braggot – 12.8% ABV
The history of Braggot dates back centuries in northern Europe. Braggots are meads made with malted barley in addition to the honey. Our Braggot won a Bronze medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Brewed with wildflower honey and rich, dark specialty malts, the final product is akin to a Scottish Ale, with an added earthy depth and sweetness. Vinous notes combine with earthy flavors and a touch of toffee and biscuit character with just a hint of alcohol warmth. This is a complex sipper sure to warm even the coldest nights.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pop a bottle of 2011 stock, pouring into our oversized snifters. It shows a hazy chestnut brown coloring, with baby flecks of sediment found throughout. Carbonation appears to be nonexistent, no head is produced, and what bubbles there are rise slowly in this syrupy brew. The nose gives frank honey and maple syrup sweetness, dense caramel, brown, and coffee malt roast and smoke, rummy booziness, dank dog fur, black cherries and fig pulp, apple and mango fruitness, buttercream cake frosting, and satisfying buttery diacetyls. The flavoring, once you get past the harsh boozy dryness of feel, gives notes of dried mango and fig skins, lime rind and seed, melty caramel and toffee sweetness, brown and caramel malts, sea salt, soy sauce, gravel, brandy-soaked raisins, ceramic tile, and silver. In addition to the boozy dryness, the mouth is fully coated with sugary syrupy, but this gives way to bittering cloy after too long. The abv is massive, and the beer sips accordingly, taking forever to disappear.

Overall, this beer is wildly rich and decadent. The nose alone could cause diabetes. With warmth, the booze does come out in droves to meet the horrible sweetness, giving a semblance of a balance to the tasting. As far as a braggot goes, this tastes more mead than beer, with a strong showing of the raisins, figs, and fruity undertones held within, rather than with much depth of grain or bitterness of hops. This beer is one quick step away from being an amazing barrel aged beer, as it has enough intrinsic diacetyls and buttery warmth to carry it. That might make it more approachable and acceptable by many professional whale hunters, but alternatively could push it even further into uncharted, extreme territories.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12OZ. bottle
Served in a Kuhnhenn's snifter

A - It is a murky tea color. I poured aggressively, so the yeast went in the glass, yet the pour yielded no head. There is a fine line of beige bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - The first thing I thought of when I took a whiff was cherry Chap Stick®. As it warms, I start to get some sweet, boozy malt. It reminds me of a barleywine.

T - It is sweet. I get some fig, molasses, and honey. Once again it reminds me of an English barleywine. I get some alcohol on the finish.

M - Medium and flat from lack of carbonation.

O - It's a sipper. It is better at room temperature. It just reminds me a lot of an English barleywine. It has warming effects. I like it.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, bottle into tulip

Appearance : Dark mahogany mixed with a light honey color gives this beer its overall color, No head at all, no lacing in this one

Smell : Honey straight from bottle, once poured into glass has more of a sweet red wine smell and the honey sweetness is still present

Taste : Balanced fairly well, the alcohol is more warming than overwhelming. As far as flavor goes, you get a good taste of honey mixed slightly with dark malts. No bitterness in this beer either. The after taste is pleasant with lingering honey notes, that makes you feel like you just licked a bit of honey from a spoon or have eaten a plain honey stick.

Mouthfeel : No carbonation, medium bodied with a little syrupy flow down the throat

Overall : Ive had one other mead in my life. Good overall, although I am not very familiar with the style. I would buy this again hands down. Its alcohol volume mixed with its smoothness makes this a good end to a long day. Go find one or three.

Flopjack out, tight lines

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Photo of Roman5150
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

bottle into tulip

appearance: dark mahogany/copper, no head whatsoever, no lacing

smell: honey, booze, dark fruits, some notes of cherry, grapes

taste: Dark fruits and lots of apple/pear notes off the bat, you can feel the alcohol warmth but for 16% it is very modest. Lots of honey and figs, the finish is dry and smooth with more dark fruits and sweet malts.

mouthfeel: almost zero carbonation, medium bodied yet syrupy

overall: Haven't had much of this style, but this was very drinkable and refreshing. I wonder what the 2 years of age did to this, as the alcohol was very subdued and overall this was a lot more balanced and sweet than I expected. Will buy again if I see it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2011 vintage. 16% ABV confirmed. Bottle acquired in a trade with michaellcoates. Really excited to try this; I really liked the Brother Adam's Bragget and I enjoy meads. 12 oz bottle with interesting well-done label art and standard silver pry-off cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery's reputation, though I was really disappointed by their Bourbon Barrel 4th Dementea.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I started the pour, no head was forming, so I added significant vigor.

A: Pours a dark khaki colour floater ring; no real head forms. Thin, with horrible retention. No lacing.

Body colour is a murky dark reddish brown; I can tell the beer side of this was a Scottish ale. Nontransparent; semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Admittedly, it isn't much to look at and seems direly undercarbonated.

Sm: Smells like an aged barleywine. Raisin, prune, caramalt, heavy biscuit malt, amber malts, and dark fruit notes - perhaps cherry and/or raspberry. Fruity syrup. I also get some honey and mead notes, but only when I look for them; I wouldn't have identified them without knowing this was a braggot. Currants/berries comes through more and more as it warms. Very subtly integrated spices are there too, but I struggle to identify them because of how seamless they are in the flavour profile. Nutmeg? Light vanilla. Splashes of oak. Grape. Truffle. Brown sugar. Some floral notes. Fig. Molasses. Quite fruity. The beer and mead seem well-balanced, though I do want more from the honey. Not getting much in terms of herbal or hop notes.

An appealing aroma of moderate strength. Fruity notes are dominant. Shockingly, no alcohol is detectable. I don't get any yeast from the aroma.

T: Syrupy up front and it never lets up. Ripe fruity notes throughout. Raisin, grape, prune, fig. Lightly vinous. Molasses, caramel, biscuit malt. Candied sugar. Subtle spices; they're difficult to identify individually but I do get heathers redolent of a gruit. On the sweet end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. Dates. Honey is timid; the beer definitely overpowers the mead here. No hop notes are present. Not getting any yeast either. I do notice the alcohol lurking beneath the syrupy sweetness, but it's shockingly well hidden considering it's 16%. I'd never guess the ABV was that high. A bit musty and dry; perhaps even lightly oxidized. Unrefined sugars.

I wouldn't call it balanced per se, but it's not a mess. There's a lot going on here but it doesn't feel cohesive or seamlessly constructed. I do like the build for what it is, but the mead and honey side is lackluster.

Mf: Lightly dry - most so on the finish. Musty. Vinous; a bit rough. Some heat is present here. Lightly acidic. Heavy on the palate; she's a handful. Not oily or biting. Carbonation is actually a bit overdone, contrary to what the appearance might suggest. A bit smooth. Light hints of a cardboard like texture suggest oxidation. Suits the flavour profile generally well.

Dr: If this is the aged version, I imagine this beer is pretty rough fresh. I don't mind it for what it is, but it's certainly not very drinkable - definitely more of a sipper. Alcohol is noticeable. This is my second beer from Kuhnhenn, and I don't yet understand what all the fuss is about. A nice try at the style, but ultimately its flaws outweigh any enjoyment it might provide. If it wasn't lightly oxidized, I'd say it could use another 2-3 years of aging.


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Photo of MichPaul
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First ever Braggot I have had and I liked this one! This is a honey bomb though, so you would have to like that. It is very well done though.
Pours a caramel brown color with absolutely no head. I didn't see any sign of carbonation at all actually.
Smell is pure honey sweet. That's actually all I get from the smell is just honey.
Taste is, as I keep saying HONEY! For this to be 16% is ridiculous! I barely get any alcohol burn. This is extremely drinkable especially if you, again... like honey.
Mouthfeel is fine if you don't need the carbonation feel. Goes down smooth...
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I would not buy it again for the price tag. If you like Braggots, you should really pick this up just to try it once.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Kuhnhenn brewpub in Warren. Saw they had this in six ounce pours on tap and couldn't pass it up. It pours a wood-stained shade of brown with some fainter hints of ruby passing through certain spots. Good clarity overall, given the overall deep-ish hue of the beer. The head is small, bubbly, gray-tinted, and probably more apt to be called a swampy blanket on top of the beer rather than a real head.

Not knowing what to really expect from the aroma, I was slightly puzzled after the first whiff. Lots going on, that's for sure. Plenty of fruity esters and a seemingly heavy hand on moderately Belgian-style yeast. Light Bubble-Yum flavors with a soft, earthy spice, almost like white pepper or clove. Good mix of sweet and musk with a touch of damp woodiness that hits last. The more and more I smell, the more I get some light citrus notes, too. Interesting to say the least, and an alarmingly low aromatic alcohol presence for such a high gravity brew.

Some alcohol heat comes with the first sip, but still not enough to think anywhere in the realm of 16% ABV. I would say 9-10% at best. Braggot is traditionally a mix of mead and beer. What beer was used for this batch, I can't say for sure. But many Kuhnhenn meads are iterations that are based off of their Citurs mead, and I am definitely picking up a bunch of that familiarity in the flavor. Light spritz of citrus and fruit followed by a warmer braising of alcohol and a smooth, honey-sweet finish.

Coupling with the mead flavor is what seems like possibly a Belgian dark ale of sorts. The taste, like the aroma, is ester-heavy; clove, faint banana, mint - very "yeasty" and thick in flavor. Deep, slightly-boozy plums outline the rough edges with some sherry-coated black cherries. Among the concoction is a small pile of musty hops; spicy, leafy, and herbal in flavor. They don't seem bitter, but perhaps it's because they are a bit overpowered by the sweetness from the malt and the mead.

The mouth feel is pretty dense and heavy, though the braggot is carbonated pretty well. Slightly sticky, wet, and oily with a warm and sharp finish. The aftertaste is full of booze, light citrus, yeast, and malty sweetness. Overall, I enjoyed the brew quite a bit. Though it may be too heavy to drink regularly, the drastically high alcohol content was fairly tame. It was interesting to pick out the traditional flavors of Kuhnhenn's Citrus mead here. I wonder what beer was mixed in with this batch?

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Photo of superspak
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; Winter Solstice 2011 bottling. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing as expected. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, chocolate, raisin, prune, honey, biscuit, tobacco, light nuttiness, floral, and dark earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and honey notes; with hardly any alcohol presence. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, honey, raisin, prune, biscuit, tobacco, leather, light nuttiness, floral, herbal, and dark earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark fruit, molasses, honey, biscuit, tobacco, leather, and dark earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of malt flavors with honey; with hardly any cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for 16%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish; definitely a slow sipper though. Overall this is a fantastic Braggot style! Incredible complexity and balance of malt/honey flavors; and insanely smooth to sip on for being 16%. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 2011 poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a thin layer of tan bubbles that dissipates rapidly. Because there’s barely any head, there’s no lacing. The beer is hazy with no appreciable bubbles. There’s definitely some legs on the side of the glass.

S – The most noticeable aromas are honey and grapes. Upon looking closer, dark fruits like figs and raisins become more noticeable.

T – The taste is sweet all the way through with honey, brown sugar, grape, raisin, and fig flavors.

F – Medium-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. There’s definitely some warmth from the alcohol at the finish.

O – This is my first braggot, but it seems to fit the description of the style very well. It was definitely a tasty and unique experience and was very drinkable given the high ABV. It seems like they’re pretty tough to come by, but I’d like to try some more examples of this style.

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3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Pours with very few bubbles. Deep red brown. Thin collar of white foam.

Smell - Lots of honey. Fruity. Carmel. Not a great deal of complexity. Mostly honey here.

Taste - Much more depth to the malt flavor. Very sweet, but coupled with caramel, fruity malts, and a touch of smokey malts. Finishes a little bit buttery.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste anywhere near 16% alcohol. Not really boozy at all. Sweet and slick. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The style doesn't lend itself to much complexity in my experience. The honey flavors mask most of the dimensions of the beer. Amazingly smooth though.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Alright here we go

Poured from the bottle right down the middle of a snifter, very murky brownish amber color with maybe a hint of purple? ahh probably not....

Smell - Is very sweet, a lot of caramel, sugar plums, a lot of candy like sweetness coming through. Smells kind of like a sweetened version of a Old Ale.

Taste - a lot of sweet rasin, plum, caramel a little toffee, all around really good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium, thought it would be fuller based on the pour, Carbonation is there but you really have to look for it, somehow it works though.

Hard to believe that this is 16%.... Based on taste and mouthfeel I would have guessed right around 9%.

Well this is my first Braggot and it won't be my last (assuming I can actually find someone else who makes on, that I can get in my neck of the woods)

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage, shared by Marco. Thanks!

A: Pours a reddish brass color, no head.

S: Beautiful waxy honey aroma. Deep and sweet. Hints of apple and whole wheat bread.

T: Honey, bready grain, slight warmth, a bit vinous. Drinks like it's 7%, not 16%.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy body. No hint of alcohol.

O: Definitely one of the better American braggots I've had. The honey aroma and flavor is deep and satisfying and the alcohol is incredibly well-hidden.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark Chestnut brown with no head and a few bubbles appeared right when poured. Small hiss when opened.

S: Aroma of a sweet plum pudding with honey, toffee, fusel alcohol wildflower blossoms and caramelized sugar.

T: As expected, this is a sweet bomb. While there is tons of plum and wildflower honey flavors, one place that this does not disappoint is the variety of flavors that are in here. There is a nice dash of caramelized sugar, toffee, pecan pie, molasses, and cotton candy mixing with tropical fruit and black cherry flavors. Wildflower flavors are the base of this braggot and being the first of this beer style that I have ever had, I am really enjoying it for its different flavors. It is surprisingly similar in some characteristics to Kuhnhenns Old brune which is one of my favorite beers period. Sweet black cherry flavors with a similar mouthfeel. There is some fusel alcohol flavors which are a 'flaw' however I am willing to forgive this slightly more in a 16% beer that is made with honey than a Russian Imperial Stout.

M: Very light in body with no carbonation detectable. Slight hiss upon opening.

O: Color me impressed. I will be seeking out more Braggot's in the future.

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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Humulus5883 (Reddit) for this, I've been really excited to try it. 2011 vintage.

Pours not head at all, and I mean nothing, not even a thought of one, with a semi hazy maroon mahogany cranberry reddish color.

Nose definitely has some mead characters, nice honey, floral like, light sweet malt, little caramel and molasses like malts, some fruits with fig, apple like, etc, little nutty and candy like, and lots of booze.

starts syrupy and thick, big malts and honey too. Honey is thick but more background like with a bit of floral fruity honey. Then syrupy thick malts, a little nutty and caramel molasses candy like. Booze is there but not 16% like, but there is some fusel and phenolic flavors from it, as well as a light glue like solventy flavors. Fruits bring more fig, date, little apple and other sweet like fruits. Light bitterness as well cutting in. Finish is still a bit sweet but it never gets really sweet, some warming booze lingering, more dark fruits, nuts, syrupy candy, and a bit of honey as it dries a lot later.

mouth is syrupy, fuller ish bodied, almost no carb though, some warming booze but doesn't feel anywhere near 16%.

Overall interesting, unique, a big beer with lots of dark fruits, malts, syrupy candy flavors, and plenty of additions from the booze itself. However, the mead portion seems to be drowned out a bit too much, but still tasty and good.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1 year)

Cloudy dark brown with dark ruby edges and a very thin khaki colored ring of small, tight bubbles, leaving the glass oily and slick on the way down. I don't expect much lace on a drink of this hefty ABV.

A sweet, fruity, and earthy aroma: red grape skins, plum, honey, scorched caramel, and dirt. Some alcohol, but that's expected.

The flavor is similar with honey and grape skins dominant, along with earth and alcohol warmth, especially in the back of the throat upon swallowing. Rich, sticky caramel and honey along with a nutty component as this warms fully.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation--slightly oily, though very drinkable.

Though I'm very new to the style, I enjoyed this very much.

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