Brother Adam's Bragget Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company
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Reviews by weizenbob:
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This 22 ounce bomber was received in a trade with BA umfskibum. Thanks Josh. There is no date on the bottle but I have had this bottle in the cellar for the better part of a year. Atlantic Brewing's website gives a lot of useful information on the brew. Brother Adam's is described as a Belgian-style ale brewed with pale malt and wildflower honey and is cellared up to a year before bottling. The cap and neck of the bottle were wrapped in gold foil. It is being served at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
The cap was removed and the bottle was partially poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Less than a finger of head forms atop the brew and quickly disappears. Lacing? Forget about it. The brew is deeply copper colored with only a hint of effervescence visible through the glass (the initial pour was fairly clear though the remaining pour was quite hazy). It looks like a high gravity barley wine. Other than the nice deep color, it caries little added distinction
Although this beer is likely two years old, it still smells incredibly alcoholic. If it was brewed with equal parts honey and barley as the label says, the alcoholic aroma should come as little surprise. Still, I would have thought some age would have mellowed it out. Sweet aromas of caramel and plum waft from the brew, as does the impression of candy sugar. In that regard, it smells like a cross between a British old ale and a Belgian quad. The combination smells quite similar to paint thinner. The complexities are compelling, but unfortunately the very forward alcohol overpowers the proceedings.
The flavor is very good. Though the alcohol is very immediately noticeable, it is much more in balance with some other very strong flavors than the aroma would imply. Maple syrup is an obvious reference. Hints of raisin and plum add some complexities. Woodiness emerges in the finish, filling the nostrils with a pleasant aroma. Hoppy bitterness? Forget about it. It is very sweet: both sugary and alcoholic. The overall effect is quite delicious and a dead ringer in flavor for a fine British old ale.
Despite the great taste of this brew, the real kicker is the mouthfeel. Being half honey, there was a lot of sugar available for fermentation. So although this has a lot of the flavor and complexity of an old ale, the body is surprisingly light. Though it's actually medium bodied, it has more flavor than anything in its weight class which is cause for deception. The carbonation is unsurprisingly mild. Though purists may call foul, I find this beer to be easy drinking and somewhat refreshing while still being intensely flavorful. And though the alcohol manifests strongly in the aroma and flavor, there is no burn going down and minimal warmth overall.
My general impression of Brother Adam's Braggot is quite positive. I don't know what this normally costs but I recall trading off the shelf local beers to acquire this bottle; as such, I'm compelled to declare it to be an excellent value. The alcohol content is not listed anywhere on the label or Atlantic Brewing's website but considering the aroma and taste I think I can safely assume this is 10%+ ABV. This is perhaps the best combination of high gravity and easy drinking that I've encountered. 22 ounces is more than enough to share with one or more friends. This is easily accessible for many palates and highly recommended.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I easily give two Schlitz for this great bragget. I'm glad that I waited until the winter months to consume this bottle, though it is light enough in feel for year-round consumption.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2011 01:11:23 | More by weizenbob
More User Reviews:
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured chilled in flared ale glass; this review shared with buzzlitebeer
A: very good carbonation but little head; dark amber color, a bit of orange and dark honey in appearance; lacing ok
S: honey, fruit
T: honey, malt; not complex; some spicing (unidentified); clean finish; quite sweet; very little bitterness--probably not much in the way of hops
An amazing dessert beer
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 00:28:28 | More by Arithmeticus
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.24/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up this bottle at the brewery in the spring. Spent some extra money to get the aged one.
Vintage 2010 bottle poured into a tulip.
A - dark orange, brown, amber colour with just a rim of head.
S - wow, really sweet. Smells a lot more like honey than any honey beer I've had. No alcohol noticeable.
T - just like the smell. Thick sweetness, a lot of it honey, all of which masks the alcohol. This is a lot like a barleywine, except with honey undertones. But the sweetness is well balanced by some bitterness. Lovely.
M - age seemed to smooth this out a lot, though it is still carbonated, but in a good way.
O - this is my first Braggot (not that they're popular). Can't say I've ever tried mead before either. I really enjoyed this. A nice drink to sip on, as it is sweet and high in abv (though neither are overpowering. Worth picking up a bottle - aged, if you can find it.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 15:36:00 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.