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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Akin to a barley wine, we suggest this ale as an after dinner drink.

It has a truly unique & sophisticated flavor due to the use of wildflower honey as the catalyst for the production of alcohol. We simply use pale malt and a very small amount of Target hops in this Belgian style ale. The bulk of the body, color and sweetness come from the 2,000 lbs. of honey we add to the boil.

The Brother is cellared for up to a year before it is bottled, which helps to marry the flavors and create the complex palate in this Bragget.

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ububru

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-14-2011 21:13:06 | More by ububru
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a ring leaving traces of lace, honey nose, good carbonation and medium bodied, starts sweet and mellow, not cloying, the high ABV is not noticable, clean finish. Rerated October 2006 from a bottle I have had for more than a year. This is how beer should be - its perfect. $6.99 for this 22oz bottle from the brewery in Bar Harbor, Me. Worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 22:44:04 | More by jdhilt
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-14-2011 20:47:14 | More by thebouch01
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EastCoastHawkeye

Virginia

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-24-2011 15:26:23 | More by EastCoastHawkeye
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BostonBrewins

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-23-2011 23:07:55 | More by BostonBrewins
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-26-2011 23:36:09 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As many beers as I have tried this is the first one I have sat down and actually studied it to review it. So bear with me on my first review.

This was a 2011 vintage, the servers at the brewery said that this beer taste better with age, and must be at least one year old before it can be bottled and served. Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

Appearence: Reddish-brown, little head and lacing, and did not notice much carbonation.

Smell: Very fruity smell, almost like a good wine, very similar smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: One of the smoothest beers I have ever tasted. Slight hint of alcohol present. the brewery also told me that the older it is the more alcohol can be detected when tasting it.

Overall: it was a very enjoyable beer, I was so impressed I bought a 2007 vintage to try on with family during a special event. By far one of the best beers I have ever had.

*Just adding that I had my 2007 vintage, not much a difference in the beer excpet a much more noticable alcohol flavor, still remains one of my top favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:43:35 | More by Cavanaghty
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kbanks13

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage poured into a Delirium snifter

Pours a hazy body with a color similar to medium or dark honey, which is fitting since its brewed with honey. Less than a finger of khaki head that quickly fades to leave little lacing on the glass. Smells of honey, plums, figs, rock candy and lots of toasted malts, faint hint of booze. Tastes of, you guessed it, honey mostly, sweet bready grains, dark fruits and currants, caramel, slightly vinous, and a little bitter citrus. No hint of the nearly 12% ABV contained within, and not overly bitter or sweet, very well balanced. Velvety smooth, low carbonation, viscous and coating but not syrupy or filmy. Dangerously easy to drink! Not at all hot, very tasty and aromatic, great body and feel. An all around superb beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 22:41:58 | More by kbanks13
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sgiroux

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-27-2014 05:23:26 | More by sgiroux
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tneenan1

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-01-2014 02:31:08 | More by tneenan1
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this brew back in 2000 and have enjoyed it every year since. This tasting is of the 2005 batch.

A - wonderful golden color with a touch of tan. This year's batch has a nice light carbonated head that dissipates quickly. Looks great!

S - Honey and toffee. Very rich nose.

T - Nicely blended honey / caramel toffee taste with just enough of a light spice to balance the taste and keep it from being cloying. There definitely is no overt taste of hops considering this is noted on the label as a barleywine style brew. It tastes so good I say who cares!

M - Rich, wonderful full bodied beer. Goes down rich, smooth and clean with a nice warming effect.

D - One bottle is more than enough in an evening sitting. It's a wonderful beer and even better when shared with friends.

This can be a hard to find beer. If you see it buy it and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 13:33:07 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Thads324

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"aged since 2006"
A : pours a slightly hazy ruby color with just a tiny hint of white bubbles that disappears quickly to nothing.
S: very intense sweetness like a brandy. Dark dried fruit and a heart aroma. The alcohol is reminiscent of vodka.
T : starts sweet like the smell. A hefty flavor full of honey, grapes, other dried fruits and and underlying breadiness. A bit of clove in the middle. Very sweet. Very much like a red wine. As it warms it almost gets a woody oak flavor. Finishes with some heat and caramel flavor.
M : full flavored and low effervescence. Sharp flavors, good linger like a red wine

A really well aged beer. Not at all like when it's fresh. Very intense and complex, but ultimately similar to a red wine in flavor and drinkability. A really really good bragget. Need more now

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:56:22 | More by Thads324
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge before opening. Very interesting brew. Poured with decent foamy, thick, slightly creamy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear, dark orange copper amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is honey, malt, and a bit of funk. Flavor is the most interesting part - truly a cross between ale and mead. Malt, a hint of bitter hop and honey - minus the heavy honey flavors retaining only the smooth, mellow qualities. Body is full and lush with perfect carbonation to cut through the sweetness. Finish is like flavor and is quite long. Excellent after dinner beer; maybe one of the best I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:24:16 | More by drpimento
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made two mistakes with this beer. First, seeing the bottle said to "sip it", I saved it for the last beer of the evening. Second, since no ABV was listed, just November 2000, I drank the whole thing. Brother Adam must have been pie eyed a lot. It had a nice amber brownish color. The first sip should have warned me about the ABV, but I paid it no heed. I really enjoyed the honey taste. Not too sweet, just right. Before I knew it, "Voila!", the bottle was gone. And so was I. That's right Venom, I finally got the Bragget.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 07:05:39 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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xzymurgist

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

06-23-2014 17:32:51 | More by xzymurgist
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mega thanks to Purplehops who sent this beer as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a coppery bronze coloration to the body. The head was a shortly lived biege coloration. The beer really looked great from the start. No real lacing to speak of on my glass.

Smell: This beer has a very complex aroma. The beer is a stew of aromas. This beer has fruity pears, apples, raisins, honey, sweet maltyness, very peppery spicey alcohol, cloves, peat moss and a general earthyness.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell. This beer creeps onto your palate and roars to a finish. The beer starts sweet and ends with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: I am not really sure what I expected with this beer. I thought it would be much sweeter and much more viscous. The beer has a medium body. The carbonation is slightly greater than low. This beer is a long term sipper. I enjoyed the beer over several hours. The beer was originally served cold but allowed to reach room temperature. I reccommend allowing the beer to approach room temperature for maximum sensory stimuli.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 14:45:48 | More by nlmartin
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corneliustoad

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-19-2012 02:01:10 | More by corneliustoad
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: I'm not sure of the age on this bottle, but there's a label that reads "Aged since November 2000" on the bottle. I'm guessing that it's about 2 years old.

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale offers a slightly hazy robe of ruby-tinged chestnut beneath a short lid of creamy off-white foam that drops rather quickly to a thin collar and leaves only minimal lace (obviously due in great part to its high alcohol content). The nose, however, more than makes up for its shortcomings in appearance! It's rich and lively; loaded with honey, malt, fruit, and alcohol! And as it crosses the palate it's just as creamy as one might imagine - except for the mild sting of the alcohol involved. It's warming, and you can feel it passing through the throat and into the stomach. More honey is present in the flavor, and it's nicely entwined within doughy, vanilla and almond-laced cookie-dough-ish malt. Spicy alcohol accents, some fruitiness (sweet white raisins), and a very limited bitterness round things out. It's quite rich and enticing, yet its alcohol can be limiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 01:29:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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skibumma70

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of sweet malt and light honey. Appearance is of a dark honey color, almost reddish. The taste is of sweet honey, almost sugary bread, light butterscotch, spicy mix. As it sits on your palate after a sip, it warms, probably from the higher alcohol content. Overall, this was very good. I had this with a good cigar, and it was the perfect compliment. It was pricey at $11 for a little over a pint, but it was delicious. I would buy a few of these if I come across them again, and put them away for a good drink with a stogie. I bought this after a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor last weekend.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 18:55:11 | More by skibumma70
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halfpgl

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged Since November 2000 (posted 3/20/04). The nose doesn’t give notice to the BIG mouth feel and nicely alcoholic finnish. The color is that of cider but the honey that is added gives this barley wine a body that I haven’t experienced before. This is thick stuff. Not a bad thick either. The alcohol is a very nice note to have to balance the sweet. If I can find this again I’ll buy it. Not a session beer but it’s tempting.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 19:52:18 | More by halfpgl
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 2006 version on tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. Served cool in a snifter.

A - A clear bronze w/ small cap of white which turns to a ring of carbonation beads

S - A smell like candy - floral esters and honey sweetness in the nose w/ a mild sherry like oxidized aroma which is pleasant
The nose is malt dominated w/ slight spice from the yeast

M - the feel has a sweet tip w/ mild toast and hints of acohol w/ mellow semi-dry finish. The ale has moderately high carbonation which seems unusual given the high abv, but complements the sweet feel and adds balance - not cloying in any sense, a really nice blend of textures at play

T - A sweet tinge of stone fruit w/ vinous and plum notes and mild prune hints w/ toasted nut and mild caramel w/ a dry honey-candy-like flavor. The taste of the honey is fruity and the malt adds a nutty toasted element w/ yeast complimenting. There is a mild sweet dry herbal accent and light almond note w/ a hint of white grapeskin late in the taste

D - A supremely good drink for such a big honey fermented beer the 4 years seems to have added a dry texture to the overall mouthfeel and reduced some of the level of sweetness as I had this fresh on my birthday last June and it seemed less dry. It is so smooth -I am so glad I got to try this on tap + w/ 4 years of age on it!

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 15:18:09 | More by Slatetank
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear but dark honey color with some maroon like highlights, nice carbonation, good white cap and pretty good lacing. A good looking brew overall.

S: All honey on the nose, subtle but prominent. There is a note of some flowers and faint Earthiness

T: Initial big honey sweetness but not like someone just poured honey from the jar, this was much more subtle but still dminant in taste. A nice booze sting greets the palate as does some stickiness, light roast, hint of Earthiness, subtle fruits as well. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied, sweet but not overly sticky like I expected. I personally felt the heat was rather tame as well.

O: Fantastic! One of the best brews of the tasting which included some killer beers. My first bragget was indeed a treat and I wish i could get more of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:19:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sticker on bottle says Aged Since November 2000.

Pours a murky, orangish brown. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates. Looks almost flat but the mouth reveals some carbonation. Smells of honey and sweet mead. Caramel. Nutty, vanilla. Fruity, ripe plum. Vinuous.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. Vanilla and oak. Honey. Light alcohol flavor. Sweet. Earthy and bready. Spiced apple way back. Very barleywine-ish but with a bit of mead flavor mixed in. Mouth is velvet smooth. Elegantly masks the alcohol. A sipper but a real smooth one. Must get more to age...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 02:29:05 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via I think a raffle I won through Harpoon, which was donated by bennybrew along with some glasses. Thanks for the opportunity... Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a large glass chalice, formed a 1/8" beige head, over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven swirl, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Flavor is honey-tinged sweetness upfront, light fruitiness in the middle, and a moderate alcohol warmth to the close. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability is quite good. This one keeps me coming back for more.

7/11/04 - 4/4.5/4/4.5/4
22oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity... Foiled cap, and sticker on taper of bottle says "Aged since 2001".

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of tan head, which practically vanished before my eyes. Dark amber shade to this brew. Aroma is sweet like most barleywines, but this one seems to be tempered a bit, probably due to the honey, with alcohol pervasive, as expected. Flavor is follows the nose, with a sweet taste upfront, followed by the alcohol, which seems to have the ride smoothed by the honey character. Nice effect. As a result, I think the mouthfeel is excellent, and the drinkability is enhanced by the interesting traits of this brew, making you come back again to make sure you enjoyed it from all angles.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 01:03:29 | More by ppoitras
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich clear orange/red, small white head forms, some spotty lacing. Smell is alcohol, bananas, rum, vanilla oak, and floral hops. Taste is alcohol up front, then honey, banana, caramel, rum, floral hops, and grape/vinous finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, the carbonation is very low, a nice alcohol burn/warmth all the way down. Nice sipper, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 21:10:16 | More by Viggo
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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.