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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

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very good

166 Reviews

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 242
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 74
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002

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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Reviews: 166 | Hads: 242
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a cloudy, murky brown with virtually no head and faint orange highlights around the edges. Nose is floral, perfumy sweet like overripe fruits with sugary cloves and cognac airs with a very, very faint trace of alcohol.

Taste is refined toffee with subdued spices and dried fruit. Woody whiskey or brandy, maybe cider that's fermented, closer to a spirit than a beer. Moderate alcohol presence with mild honeyed flavors, though not as much as the label text would have you expect.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and full with a just a hint of an alcoholic bite. Clean aftertaste and damn smooth. Is this really a barleywine? Really, 12% ABV? Dangerously drinkable, downed the whole bottle before I knew it. My thanks to kfoss99 for this sample.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov. 2001 - Jello hazed copper color, a few soapy bubbles appear from the pour and thats about it. No lace. Sweet inviting nose of soft caramel mixed with a strong bearing of honey and the alcohol vapors are reminiscent of white wine. Some wiffs are stronger then others. Flavors intermingle between honey and caramel, each sip seems to bring out a little more of one or the other. Quite sweet overall, malty mostly, smooth; honey on top, good medium thickness for its body. Pretty strong wine-like alcoholic vapors seize up through each sip and slightly burns with a long lingering throaty grab, much like any good barleywine. I think perhaps thats my favorite part of this concoction. A definate sipper here. Enjoyable enough. If you've had any meads, and like em, this will be right up your alley. Interesting mix but a little muted for my tastes.
Thanks to purplehops for the bomber!

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Photo of mikeys01
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a well presented 22oz bomber, crown wrapped in gold foil, this beer was a gift courtesy of Unionmade from his recent trip to Maine. Bottle also has a sticker stating "aged since 2001". The Bragget Ale pors out a hazy reddish amber with no visible head, just traces of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is low but very tight, think "tiny bubbles" here. Chill haze disappears completely as the Bragget warms a bit. Aroma is very fruity and sweet, with a distinct whif of alcohol. Body is on the medium side for a barleywine, not too heavy at all. Taste is bold and spicy with alcohol at first taste, then blends to bright fruit and malty sweetness. Also has a nice vintage barleywine "mustiness", tastes well aged. Finish is very sweet with a delicious hint of wild honey lingering behind. Goes down relatively easy for a big big beer. Excellently crafted...

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Photo of halfpgl
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says "Aged Since November 2000". I bought this last summer in Augusta during our week vacation. Pours out a ruby red, almost glowing color. Small head that doesn't last. Pours a bit like soda. Smells just like an English Barley Wine. Sweet all the way. Taste is what I expected, showing some English style. Huge malty sweet backbone that just takes over. The honey adds a different demension to the beer. Very drinkable, for such a huge beer.

Very different than the only other Braggot I have had, Magic Hat. MH was very champagne like and this is very Barley Wine like. Both good, but different.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage. Pours a beautiful reddish hue of amber with about a fraction of a seconds worth of head. Little teeny ring of foam around the edge.

Smells quite strong and fruity. Lots of cherry and grape to the nose.

Tastes excellent. Lots of big gobs of sweet fruit with a really strong alcohol backdrop. The honey makes it all come together. Definitely a little smoky and a little leathery. Feel the burn.

Mouthfeel is medium huge. Almost brandy like.

Too drinkable for such a big un. Be careful out there.

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Photo of drewbage
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing from a 22oz bottle provided courtesy of Benny. Thanks man for this evidently early vintage bottle.

Aroma is typically of sherried flowers and long growth meadow flowers with a sharp acidity to hold back the pith and non-essential oils of the beer.

Start of the flavor is strongly acidic followed by a brief intermission of the strain of the unknown before drinking in a large sense of caramel that follows through to a long earthy finish with a final closing sense of honey.

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Photo of Gusler
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this most unusual of Ales sets in my glass, it presents a bemused copper color with a smallish head and the lace a nice fine sheet around the glass also the color a light tan. Nose is a bit sweet from the honey, hints of fusel alcohol, malt a plenty, a tad vinous, a gallimaufry of aromas to fascinate the olfactory senses, start is sweet, rich in malt and the top middling in its feel. Finish is idoneous in its acidity with a modicum of hops, the alcohol moliminous. A true belly warmer this hybrid whether it be “Mead” or “Strong Old Ale” or, "Barley Wine" I care not, I care that my good friend “Bennybrew” doth send it to me to be enjoyed with “Gusto”, and this task has been accomplished.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This mead-type braggot/beer poured a nice dark yellow/gold colour with a small, whispy white head. The aromas were of sweet honey, and barley-wine type alcohol and malt/hop? notes. The taste was sweet, but not sickly sweet (ala, white moose:-) and the mouthfeel was a bit astringent on the tongue, not unlike a bad gueuze beer. The drinkability was pretty nice as well, but I think I prefer Midas Touch to this, when I am looking for a honey brew...


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Photo of soilguy
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from my summer vacation to Bar Harbor, ME in June, where I also got a very nice tour of the Atlantic brewery. I decided to share it with some homebrewing friends last night. My particular serving came in a 22 oz. bottle that had been aged since November 2000. It poured smoothly and seemed slightly thicker than normal. There was no head and in fact the beer itself was very lightly carbonated. It had a delicious, sweet honey aroma - no hops aroma noticeable at all. The flavor was also sweet, with a very noticeable alchohol presence. The mouthfeel was thick and full, but no effervesence. A very drinkable beer, but I'm glad I had some friends to share it with. If I drank one of these 22 oz. bottles all by myself, you could stick a fork in me - I'd be done.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew....a gift from the one-and-only JohnnyP. Has a sticker on the bottle stating "Aged since November 2000". Color is a deep, tawny brown, with little light able to penetrate (a late swirl and addition of the bottle residue produces an even murkier brown color). Head, though, was sorely lacking, with no lacing either. Nose provides whiffs of dark and tropical fruit, as well as some honey-induced sweetness. And it's a rather nice nose at that!! Body is a medium, and smoothness is mid-range as well. Flavor is big on sweetness, and has some caramel-like notes as well as an infusion of dark and/or tropical fruit flavors. Only registers slightly on the hop-meter, though that's not a disqualifier for this bier. Rather nice, in general. Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of Hhawk06
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has been aged since November of 2000, so I'm expecting something good. The label has a black and white photo of some knavish character, it actually gave me a chuckle. The beer itself has the look of cider, only slightly more reddish. This is accompanied by a syrupy honey smell. The unique honey aspect serves well. Enjoyably, the high alcohol content comes across smooth and not too overwhelming. What I love is the honey coating you can feel on your mouth minutes after the swallow. I certainly enjoyed this heartwarming mixture.

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Photo of beernut7
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This heavyweight ale pours with a deep amber-brown color and almost no head. The aroma is light and cidery with hints of alcohol. The initial sweetness and sugary malt flavor is paired with an apparent bitterness and a mellow smoothness to the body. The alcohol warmth gives the brew quite a kick. Nice brew for winter.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber, small gold sticker says "aged since November 2000". Fairly dark brown brew with very little off white foam, the foam vanishes almost instantly. Very rich, sweet malt and honey stick out big in the aroma along with an alcohol smell. Smooth mouthfeel with rather low carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma with lots of sweetness from both malt and honey. A good bit of dark dried fruit flavor (prune and raisin) in this one also. The flavor character overall reminds me of a nice Tawny Port, I think this would go great with a chocolatey dessert or a good cigar. Nicely warming alcohol feeling as it goes down.This stuff is really good for slow sipping on a cold and rainy fall day like today.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A barley wine made with Maine honey. Dark golden-brown colour with a heavy head that turns to a solid lace. A very sweet, caramelly malt, sugary, yet kind of winey/viney. Mello, super-sweet maltiness, bananay esters, sugary honey comes through. Very full body with smooth edges and carbonation.

THe alcohol is very subtle for a barley wine. This brew is smooth and has extra fermentables via the honey. Cheers!

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
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