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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

231 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 72
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:
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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Photo of maybrick
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from our Mondy Night Tasting Group. Label states "Aged Sine 2001" I think it's still on its way up. As a huge fan of meads in general this is really one interesting brew. Nice color and clarity with a thin head which is genrally characteristic.

Brilliant flavor hits home with the obvious honey and a surprise of cinamon. Good carbonation. I'd like more of this in the future.

Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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

My bottle was labeled slightly differently, as “Brother Adam’s Bragget Honey Ale”.

I like the Atlantic Brewing Company; their Summer Ale is a solid beer. The Honey Ale was decent, although nothing special. The biggest notable was the $11.55 price tag for the 1 pint 6oz bottle at a reputable store. With Berkshire Brewing Company’s 1 pints going for $3.25, this was certainly an expensive beer.

That being said, it’s a great looking, sweet and unique tasting beer. I would certainly buy it again if the price came down quite significantly, but at this price there are a lot of other beers I would suggest in advance.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for about 6 months. Presentation was my trusted oversized snifter which took the entire 22oz in one pour.

A beauty to look at, just the prettiest warm orangish-red brassy amber, a perfect sunset with a nice clarity. Head was a solid finger of mixed dull almondesque foam that danced on the initail carbonation surge cascading up the snifter's sides but faded, as did the head within minutes, leaving a trace film. Were it not for the head fading so fast would easily be a 4.5 for Appearance.

Nose is full of burnt sugars, dried fruits (currant, raisin, even cherry), some peatiness like spirits as well as the warming tingle of alcohol, even some soft malts and a hint of spiciness and some pepper. Very nice.

Its even initially. Some syrupy sweetness, malts, a little fruited, more bittersweet sugars as it warms, then it just takes off. The alcohol rises from a murmur to a crescendo, my mouth is alive with warmth, the sugars sharpen, the thickness of the brew concentrates all its properties into a surge of syrupy lusciousness, yet a nice crispness (hops?) counterbalances all of this fury. As I swallow it fades into a bittersweet memory, a little thick, syrupy, a lovely warm echo of 12% ABV just gone by that coats the mouth but yet is not filmy or certainly not unpleasant.

A very interesting beer, and in that only 16 are listed on BA as of this review an incredible rare genre. It seems most beers start strong and finish weak, watery, but this one whispers as it enters and roars as it leaves. One of the best finishing beers I've had in a very long time.

You can't drink this fast , nor should you. Its a beer to be sipped, savored, allowed to warm and change. I love the way this feels on the throat, and its a perfect cold weather brew for that and the high ABV, which aside from the warmth and some on the nose is very well masked.

While the initial mouthfeel is nothing extraordinary, its that soft entrance that makes the finish so luscious. I would definitely recommend this to anyone lucky enough to sample it, and this will not be the last one I have. It has a place in my cool/cold weather collection from now on. If you enjoy the wonderful aftertaste of a good barreled spirit as well as the tingle on the teeth I would definitely try to get some of this to sip and enjoy.

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

Rust in color...less than 1/4 finger of white head. Some web-like lacing and the foam fades before my eyes in seconds.
Inticing in the nose. Cherries, raw honey, bananas...strikingly sweet up front.
Taste is where this one really shines...candied sugar, honey, rum soaked raisins, oak and some spicy hop finish drying up the back end.
Mouthfeel is thin, yet has a syrupy feel to keep the mouthfeel right for the style.
Pretty dangerous at almost 12%...a definite sipper, but you need to remind yourself to do so for most of the bomber.
Solid.

Photo of ampzilla
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pair of bombers in Bar Harbor last October. One for now, one for latter. This is the first bottle.
First thing noticed after peeling back the gold foil, and uncapping to whisper, was a bottled filled to less than an inch to the lip. More for me I guess.
Poured with moderate vigor, just enough to coax a small head sitting on top of burnt ruby braggot.
The initial smell was strong of alcohol followed by sweet honey and spices.
Not as sweet as expected, as the honey is well balanced by malt and spice.
Thick enough to coat the tongue slightly though does not stick to the lips.
One bomber is probably too much for one person in one sitting, but I had fun doing it.
Though it was removed from the fridge over an hour prior to serving, it did not begin to reach its stride until after two hours.
I would like to let this sit for a few more years before I open the second bottle.

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

Pours with almost no head and with no lace, but a nice copper color.

The aroma starts wiith sweet honey, followed by malt and a trace of hops and finally an astringent almost medicinal mead finish.

The taste starts with a medicinal bitterness, then hops and evergreen followed by a late honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and a little sticky.

Interesting, and drinkable- just not all the time. My first braggot, and this one is more complex and less sweet than I expected. I'm definitely ready to try another.

Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever taste of a Braggot, and considering the rarity of the style, who knows when I’ll come across another. The label also calls it barley wine style ale, so at least it has some peers in that category. The look was clear, reddish amber, and lightly carbonated, which was pretty similar to most barleywines. The aroma was deeply fruity and very intoxicating. The presence of the honey was clearly apparent with each deep breath. The taste was quite sweet and winey and the first sip had me worried if I was going to like this. As I got used to the sweetness, the caramelized, spicy, and slightly sour underlying flavors revealed themselves. The hops were not always apparent as their wispy citric dryness was easy to miss. What surprised me was the rather modest level of alcohol burn. I was anticipating a big bruiser with the 11.5% posted ABV, but this was more of a gentle giant. The sweet flavor did however make this only suitable for sipping. A little thin on the palette, but that is understandable, since honey used was likely all eaten up, and proportional to volume the grain bill was rather small. Quite a satisfying drink, and I’m going to have to cellar some to see how time can add maturity.

Photo of dgallina
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle. There's a bit of history about the style and no freshness date (not that it matters at this kind of strength).

Pours clear burnished oak with minimal carbonation and head, as you'd expect. The beer smells slightly smoky, full of sweet honey, raisins, and spiced cookie dough. Initial honey and raisin flavors give way to an almond-spiced dough center. The finish is big and rounded, full of stingingly strong spicy alcohol. Syrupy body with gentle carbonation. Becomes more viscous as it warms. Very nice accompanied with panettone (Italian Christmas bread) on a long cold winter night.

Photo of dherling
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a semi-clear reddish brown with a thin tight head that dissapeared after a minute or so. The nose was at first reminiscent of a garbage heap, there's alcohol and malt and some honey astringency, but it's hard getting past the fecal notes of rotting refuge. The taste is worlds more pleasent than the nose. There's malt and honey sweetness, some slightly rotting apple type bitterness, oh lordy, why do I sort of actually like this? I need to stop now.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was an interesting beer, clearn amber with a head less than half a finger.

Aroma was sweet, definite honey with a hint of vanilla, and an understated malt backbone underneath.

Taste was very dry, sweet and slightly medicinal, with spices, vanilla, and oak notes evident. It was warming on the swallow, but alcohol was not evident in the taste. It was not very inspiring though. It kind of grew on me, but never became something to write home about.

Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have expected with something brewed with that much honey.

Drinkability... it went down easily, but with coaxing, since as I said the taste was not inspiring.

At $11.99 for a single bottle, I am glad that I have tried it to have sampled the style, but I do not think I will take them up on their suggestion to allow one to age and build in complexity. It would have to develop a LOT to make that worthwhile for me.

Photo of mcallister
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very clean and clear. Shade of mahagony with hints of red. Head is seperated and very small. No lacing.

Not alot going on in the nose. Honey, malt, and some gingerbread. Not much depth.

Very simple and lacking complexity. Alcohol shines through. Hints of honey suckle, brown sugar, maple, and a dry malt. Would like to try this with a few years of bottle age.

Mouth is thin and weak, not sure I can finish the bomber.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bought at Florian's in Auburn (the penultimate one!) Dark orange-red translucent body with just a film of offwhite head. Smells sweet and malty more than anything else. Tastes sweet and alcoholic. Not really noticing any hops here. Fairly pleasant. Surprisingly drinkable considering the abv. Rather thin bodied though.

Photo of jdhilt
5/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes 10/20/05...
Appears a glowing, golden orange with a small white head that slowly fades out into a soapy collar. Streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, earthy, mild spices, and sunflower-esque.
Taste is of the same aromas. Sweet, fruity, subtle citrus notes, and a hint of earthy spiciness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, smooth, with an abv presence.

Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first bragget, but I already like the style. The beer pours a nice solid amber, perfect color for a barleywine. I smell sweet honey, as wells as some very slightly citusy hops and a lot of alcohol. The taste is sweet, as much malt flavor as there is honey. The bitterness is firm but subdued, the beer is nicely aged. The alcohol is definatly there, but not overpowering for a 12% beer. It's sweet, but not too sweet, definitely a sipping beer.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle vintage November 2000. From a previous BIF but I gorgot which one. Had this cellared for at least a year.

Pours a reddish hued brown in color. Essentially flat with only a slight ring of foam around the edges of the glass and a thin strip of head where I purposely dropped the end of the bottle into the glass from two feet in the air. Nose is slightly alcohol with a bit of a prune-ish flavor.

Ugh... too easy to drink. I was really fearing this would be too sweet from the honey because I really do not like mead. But not everwhelmingly sweet with a a nice bitterness and alcohol heat bite to it all. Lots of spices too-particularly cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The honey is very mellow and sweet but does not destroy the other flavors goin on in this beer. Some other candy flavors too. Medium mouthfeel that favors a bit toward light.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label makes note of the amount of honey in the beer, and how it might be enjoyed with dessert. I couldn't agree more. It was an amber color with no head to speak of. It had a sweet, grassy odor. The taste was sweet honey with a little hops in there. Felt OK in the mouth, but definitely too sweet for me.

Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004: This poured a clear, dark amber colour with some fine particles in suspension. It had a thin, off-white head with moderate retention and a smattering of lace. Fruity aroma with a hint of banana and an earthy honey smell. Mellow alcohol mixed well with aromas of green grapes and a bit of vanilla. Sweet honey with some vinous alcohol and grape flavour. Rich caramel with vanilla just creeping in towards the end. Plenty of warmth in the finish, but this is very controlled. The body was on the light side and it left the palate quite dry. I quite liked the mixture of characters and was pleasantly surprised by the fruitiness. It's time to try more braggots. Thanks Viggo!

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  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.

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

Appearance and Presentation – 22 oz bottle from Tully’s with gold foil around the cap and an aged since 2004 sticker on the neck. The beer is a deep clear brown/orange hue with rapid carbonation. The head is 2 fingers and white at first, but quickly falls to a thin covering

Smell – Slight honey/floral smell, with a light back ground of malt and increasing amounts of alcohol as the drink warms. Hops are completely absent. Nice beer/mead combo, just what I was expecting from my first mead.

Taste – Nice alcohol warming. It is sweet, but not overly sweet like the vast majority of meads that I have had. The flavor is surprisingly subdued, the malt is very subtle, slightly toasted, but mostly just sweetness. The honey comes through as the main flavor, mostly floral. The honey does a good job of drying this beer out, but it could use some more flavor complexity.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body, the carbonation is mild.

Drinkability and Notes – For a huge beer/mead this was very drinkable, the alcohol is the only real obstacle. The price is reasonable as well, $6.99 for this much honey and malt is not a bad deal at all. I wish there was some spice/herb/fruit added to this for another layer of complexity, but as it is this is a fine Braggot, but nothing that will make your head explode with delight. Glad I bought this a few months ago and saved this for a cool fall night.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first time experiencing a braggot was an enjoyable one. My friend brought this back from Maine for me and I thank her dearly for it. THe bottle had a sticker on it that said "Aged Since 2004".

I drank this one from an oversized snifter. The color was a light copper-orange with almost no head to speak of at all. Slightly fizzy. The aroma had lots of spice, mixed in with some honey and vanilla. The taste really brought out the spiciness of it. It was slightly hot in my mouth, partially due to the high ABV. Reminded me of DFH's Immort Ale in a way, but not as intensely sweet and easier on the palate. This braggot coated the inside of my mouth and definitely has some spice. It really became more complex as it warmed up. Drinkability wasn't bad for the ABV, but this braggot is definitely a sipper. Something to share with a friend.

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

What a wonderful delight this bragget. The deep copper color a few shade shy of brown, little head, nothing lasting with no lacing going down. Smells of orange honey, clover too, a mixture to be sure. The bees work and the yeast leave a high amount of alcohol, slowly fading lurking is the barley malt. Deep deep taste a full rush of complexity, you will need the whole bottle to understand it all fully. The alcohol right up front burns fast through to the honey melting on the tongue, finishes sweet of malt still some honey too. Slightly below room temp is best this bragget has a lot to offer. Pay the man what he wants, even dig deep into your coffer.

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.