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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

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very good

207 Ratings

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%

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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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at BBQ joint at the brewery...served in a snifter by the cutest bartender I've been served by in a long time.

A - Pours a hazy, somewhat dirty light brown color with some amber highlights. Small attempt at forming a head, but this quickly fades quickly to leave just a hint of a collar around the glass.

S - Some alcohol up front followed closely by caramel, some sugary sweet malt, and a healthy dose of honey. Not much for a hop presence.

T - Overall it gives a sweet impression. Lots of caramel, some molasses and honey. Lightly grainy with some toasted malt flavors. A bit warm with some noticeable alcohol in the flavor that gives this some bite and takes away a bit from the overall flavor impression. Perhaps this would mellow out a bit with some age.

M - Medium bodied with an overall sweetness that gives a bit of a sticky impression. Carbonation is very light, not quite still or Lost Abbey like in lack of intensity but quite mild. Alcohol warmth morphing into a bit of a burn as it warms in the glass. Definitely a sipper.

D - A snifter of this is just about the perfect amount. Alcohol is a bit on the intense side limiting its drinkability. Nice sweet flavors - most likely this would be even more enjoyable in front of a fire on a winter night rather than outside on a warm summer day. Might also benefit from a bit of age to temper the alcohol heat just a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 18:57:13 | More by portia99
Photo of Slatetank


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
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the brewery.

Pours dark amber with no real head.

Nose is honey and alcohol.

Taste isn't too complex - main components are honey sweetness, balanced by the spicy alcohol and an orangey citrus note underneath. Straightforward, but delicious. Finish is clean, with a bit of alcohol and honey lingering lightly on the palate.

Crisp carbonation paired with a lightly syrupy body.

Really a very enjoyable beer - delicious, and perhaps its simplicity is an asset rather than a hindrance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 13:43:42 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston on February 11. The description makes note of the large amount of honey included in the beer.

The color is nearly black. The smell is largely chocolate--milk, that is, very sweet.

The taste is surprisingly dry. I am reminded of brandy. The body is rather thin (expected from a honey beer) and low in carbonation.

This beer is very interesting but two-dimensional. I enjoy the flavor profile, but the depth of the complexity is shallow. Very much worth tasting, but not necessarily for quaffing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2006 00:35:18 | More by smcolw
Photo of Arithmeticus


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
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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
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark, murky, amber brown, like honey muddled with mud and water. The beer pours with a thin ring of bubbles that fizzle away and appear almost soda-like in quality. The beer’s body is murky, like fresh honey. The other side of the glass is indiscernible through the haze, but some light does travel through the beer. It leaves a thin set of legs on the glass when it washes up against the sides. On the nose, the beer smells richly of fresh, wildflower honey. Sticky and rich on the nose, the honey muddles with thick caramel malts, similar to Long Trail’s Triple Bag. Maple syrup, honey, toffee, and even some chocolate fudge touch upon the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sticky sweet but a little too bitter, with a bit of a bite on the middle of the palate. Hot booze tingles as the beer travels down the throat, and the finish is a little dry for what I want with just a touch of boozy sweet. On the tongue, the beer is on the heavy side of medium, practically heavy, with a chewy, slightly rough mouthfeel and faint carbonation. The beer bites at the tongue, oddly enough, which takes away from the rich, honeyed flavors that the beer should possess. It does, however, gel on the back of the tongue with some syrupy goodness. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet caramel barley, which turns into fiery alcohol with some interesting spice character and a touch of woodiness on the middle of the palate. The finish is hot and cloying with fusel notes. Touches of stone fruit and raisins can briefly be felt on the tongue, but really this beer is all about the hot booze on the finish. The aftertaste finally brings hints of sticky sweet honey to the tongue, where it creates a pool of saliva. As the beer warms it mellows some of its rougher edges, but still hits the palate with too much booze and not enough honey character. Overall, this beer is lacking in sweet, soft honey flavors that I want from it. I want a sticky thick beer but this just doesn’t quite deliver for me. The smell is rich with honey character but I get none in the taste. I suspect that with time in a cellar, this beer will open up into a rich and unique dessert beer, but it’s a bit of a hot mess fresh. Complexity in this beer opens up the warmer it is, but it still is a muddled mess on the palate. If you have a bottle, sit on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 14:53:28 | More by Maxwell
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, almost opaque, brown coloring with a thin, whispy coat of white film on the surface. Nose of rich honey, apple sweet, roast caramel, and booze highlights. Smells very rich, with some earthy tones, also. Flavors are rich and sweet on the forward tongue, with a blending of roast caramel and honey balancing well. Rich and sweet, with a subtle warmth building as you drink, and a shift of the palate towards a more honey focused characteristic. Tangy sweet and rich into the aftertaste, with a cleanliness in the finish thanks to the body and the booze. The body is smooth and robust, which works perfectly with the flavor profiles. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 01:14:58 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Murky mud brown in color and clarity. Pours with a one finger head which almost immediately falls to absolutely nothing. No Lacing. Sluggish looking carbonation.

Nose: Very strong aroma on this one. Alcohol is evident. Sweetness from the honey is evident. No spice detectable in the aroma, if any is even used...I'm gonna say no. Big malt aroma as well. Honey aroma is like that of warm honey over a turnover. Caramel and toffee aromas as well. Strong bread aroma, like that of wheat bread. Nice complex aroma in this one. Honey variety is nondescript. Clearly not orange blossom or raspberry, blackberry, etc.

Tongue: Carbonation is higher than it looks. Huge caramel and toffee, they dominate. I almost feel like I'm tasting a cow tail candy. That is the best way to describe the initial flavor profile. Warmth from the alcohol. Honey isn't all that noticeable. Its just a huge caramel and toffee flavor. A little disappointed here. That bready flavor is here too, which is nice to add complexity to the cow tail candy flavor. Body is full.

Drinkability: This is definitely a sipper, its a big beer. As for would I search this one out...not me. I actually brewed a braggot, and I have to say that it was much more drinkable than this one, just a better flavor overall. This one is too one dimensional with its only flavor being that huge caramel deal. I'm glad to have tried this beer but it's not one that I'd come back to.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:45:32 | More by becktone
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a barley wine/bragget ale that definitely tastes like an ale. I had this at room temperature, in the English fashion. As such, it gave a nice, full head, mildly carbonated, thinnish mouthfeel. Nice amber color, otherwise tasted like an average ale. Not too bitter, definitely not sweet. Did not pick up on any honey or other allegedly complex notes, but as the ale is meant to mature with age, could have just been too young. Overall, not exciting, but not terrible. I'd probably try it again in a different format to see if there was any difference.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:02:06 | More by ManekiNeko13
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3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle.

Appearance - Deep amber. Almost nothing by way of head. A few wisps. Sugary legs on the swirl.

Smell - Honey and lots of oxidized sherry aromas. Deep malt character. Burnt caramel.

Taste - Brighter honey flavor. Slight light fruit flavor. Still oxidized. Lots of honey. Some of the deeper malts come through, but less than the nose implies.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, but not too intense. Low carbonation. Oxidation is pleasant.

Overall - It's pretty good. Nothing terribly exciting, but nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:24:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-10-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

My first braggot, thanks to DrewShal9!

Appearance is a semi-clear and dark amber colored beer, with a small offwhite head, showing a fair amount of retention and decent amount of lace.

The aromas start with a blast of honey, and then reveal caramel malts, plus bready and floral characteristics. Very enjoyable nose, it reminds me of an English brown ale with an addition of honey.

Taste starts out pretty sweet, with a big honey flavor, then adds malt sweetness and notes of molasses and maple syrup. As the beer warms up, the sweetness subsides and has a pleasing alcohol warming affect. Full-bodied, with a chewy mouthfeel. The finish is malty and has more sweet honey character, but is not cloying.

Overall I really enjoyed this braggot. It reminded me of an English old ale or barleywine. I think they pulled off an excellent marriage in the flavors of honey and malt. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 04:23:02 | More by sommersb
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3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Ambery light brown with a super fleet head that is gone in seconds. Splashy sea foam lace left by a hearty half moon collar retention.

Very floral, spring-timey aroma. I can pick out honey (duh) and golden pear particularly.

Honey and pear up front with chewy caramel and a foul antiseptic, alcohol in back. I like the earthy, floral elements that carried over from the aroma but that back end is pretty gross.

Wifey and I picked this up during our honeymoon at MDI and saved it for a snowy day. Made some fine Blizzard Nemo drinking in the dark.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 22:00:04 | More by donkeyrunner
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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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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged since 2007...my first Braggot
Poured from 22oz bottle into crooked stave glass. Pours a brown/orange with much more carbonation than I expected. Slight ring of head. Lots of dried fruit and figgy raison aroma, with a huge dose of booze. Very similar flavor, figgy dried fruit, slightly sweet, and lots of peppery heat. Not overly done, but a great great brew. Very similar to an aged barley wine, and just awesome. Worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:25:52 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roughly 1.5-2 years old, picked up at Julio's and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Well, not sure what this is supposed to look like but its pretty awesome. Crystal clear dark honeyed amber with a big two finger off white creamy head that faded to leave a very nice, thick, quarter inch blanket.

S - Not much initial booze with lots of honey, faint sweetness. As it warms past cellar temp though the alcohol becomes very noticeable.

T - Woah, booze much? Lots of alcohol here, not burning alcohol thankfully but well, booze. Nice amounts of honey sweetness. A faint hint of dark fruits and belgian esters along with old hops.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid. Surprised how decent it was. Light, slightly prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this was a decent enough beer from a somewhat readily available brewery. Still though, far too much booze/heat for being roughly 2 years old.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 17:53:07 | More by rudzud
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly murky looking gold color with a really nice white head on top. The head was foamy and soft looking, it also had a good retention but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is of course an assault of honey aromas with a touch of malt in there too. No hop aroma at all. The taste of the beer betters as it warms up but at no point in time does this beer disappoint in this category. The beer is more malty when it's cold, as the beer warms the honey profile really shines through. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it's soft and very easy to drink, low carbonation but just enough to keep it alive and the booze comes out a little more as the beer warms. Overall I thought this was a very nice example of a Braggot, I would personally enjoy aging this beer and seeing how it evolves over time.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 19:09:12 | More by Knapp85
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in December 2011 and was recommended to hold onto it for a while. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, with a reddish tint to it, two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of honey, sweet dark fruits, sweet fruity malts, and toasted malts. Very sweet, but very nice.

t - Tastes of honey, fruity malts, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, bready malts, grains, and light alcohol. Nice but the alcohol is still there quite a bit. A step fown from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth from the honey.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. The honey is there and makes the beer smooth, but some alcohol is pretty prevelant in the taste. Think some more time would have done this one well, but still a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 03:54:59 | More by mdfb79
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a woody amber with a small light tan head.

S: Raw honey and dark fruit esters. Sweet but a little drying.

T: Not quite as full as the nose. Dry vinous notes and semi-sweet honey, big solvent alcohol in the finish.

M: A bit thin, light carbonation.

O: The thin body and booziness detract, although the beer is interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:52:33 | More by Etan
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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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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. This is my first beer in the style. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

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

The cap is magnificent; I really like the design.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, pretty good cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a murky pale copper with red tinges. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Honey, rich plum, awesome dark fruit and biscuity yeast, caramelized clean and amber malts, and ripe cherry. Very fresh yet musty and inviting. Complex. and intriguing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bright plum, ripe vibrant fruit, some honey, cherry, clean malts, tea, berry, light vague floral hopping, and pleasant caramelization. Some hints of grape. Fantastically balanced, featuring full complexity and striking subtlety. Built very well; I quite like it. Nice biscuity yeast. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick, if a bit filling. Nicely carbonated. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like this and look forward to trying more beers in the style. I'd love to age some of this. It's somewhat port-like in its sheer fruit brilliance.


Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:44:26 | More by kojevergas
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4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After noticing the ABV on this beast, I figured I better have it on a night I don't have to go to work the next day.

Allow me to make this disclaimer: this is my first braggot, most likely I won't know what I'm talking about.

Into my chalice:

A: red/brown/copper colored body that leaves a small off-white almost light tan film of a head with lumpy valleys, some ever so small bubbles trickle up making a clear ring around the top.

S: sweet, its mainly the honey that comes out very strong. Some yeasty wheat tones come out as well. The alcohol comes out in the smell.

T: honey once again trying desperately to block the alcohol, but I definitely notice the alcohol in the taste.

M: smooth and wet, a good medium carbonation feel yet a slight harshness on the tongue

O: though I can feel the alcohol burn going down, this is almost hard to believe this is a beer. This is definitely a dessert beer for two reasons: 1) the sweetness 2) the abv will help you sleep. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:28:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber (into a glass? Didn't write it down).

A: Pours a reddish brown copper color. Forms only a ring of foam with minimal active carbonation visible.

A: Sweet, yeasty, with a wheat aroma also.

S: Flavors of grain/barley, with a sweet, slight fruity (apple? banana?) flavor also. A bit vinous with alcohol burn near the end.

M: Round, smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is enough to detract a little from my enjoyment.

O: A good and drinkable brew, whether it's a Honey Ale, Braggot or Barley Wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:38:56 | More by macrosmatic
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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
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, fruit, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a boozy alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of honey, caramel and fruit. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger beer to sip on for a while but there are other high-ABV beers that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

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