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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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233 Ratings

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Ratings: 233
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 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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  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...

Photo of bigjohn
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in trade from lostbearbrew, thanks! Aged since November 2000, so its about 5 years old.
Appearance: Dark ruby color pours out, with the faintest head. Nice looking beer, a little trepidation about the lack of head...has it gone flat?
Smell: Honey dominates the smell with a nice sweetness, hard to pick out any particular hop aromas, some spicyness.
Taste: Not flat after all, whew. Sweetness dominates here, as well as a pretty decent alcohol punch. Definitely feel the alcohol. Better as it warms somewhat, I would guess this one is best around 60-65 degrees. The honey is definitely the defining characteristic here, a nice herbal sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, very similar to barleywines.
Drinkability: Very tasty, but its a monster to finish a whole bomber of this. I think it might be better served in a smaller bottle, but thats just me. Certainly not going to have more than one of these, but an enjoyable experience throughout.

Overall: Good brew, unique to me anyway. I do not have any experience with braggot or mead, but I certainly will be on the look out for more since I enjoyed this one.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear medium amber with a low white head which rose only a little and fell fairly quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with caramel most prevalent. Honey aroma, while present, did not dictate the aroma. The aroma was very sweet and also contained a slight spice and a graham/biscuity characteristic.

The flavor was sweet, extremely so. The honey was powerful and present. More of an apertif with hops than a beer if the mouthfeel had been more viscous. The bittering was present and kept the sweetness from becoming overpowering. The flavor contained a strong amount of alcohol and just a subtle spice character that reminded me of cinnamon.

The finish was sweet with a lasting honey impression and caramel and a strong bittering component that increases into the aftertaste as the beer dries out on the palate. The body was almost full, but not viscous. Every other braggot has had less body that this and has been a bit drier. The alcohol was extremely warming and lasting after consumption and the sweetness coupled with that lowers the drinkability.

22 ounce bottle. Aged since 2004 on gold label. $5.99 price tag...thanks charlesw! (Note: charlesw said to age this one, I did not listen, next time I will heed his advice and allow the beer to age a bit more. I'll bet a 5 year old would be a force indeed!)

Photo of grassrootsVT
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unfiltered 22oz. bottle with a label that states "aged since 2001" which may mean that this batch is a bit different, perhaps, than the "aged since 2000" that other advocated have mentioned.

Stored away in my 52 degree basement for over a year now - this one pours a dark amber/burgundy with just a faint head. The aroma is of sweet alcohol and, if you knew, then you could smell the honey. The taste is wonderful. A perfect balance of honey and bitterness - a much better version of bragget than those that i've tried from other breweries. A 'right on' honey beer with a full body and nice aftertaste. I could sit and drink this one all evening...until i fall over in my chair from the high alcohol content.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

golden sticker indicates aging since 2000. that is one scary looking dude on the front. supposedly a holy man, but looks like OJ on newsweek.

ruby in color, speed-racer carbonation with crusty foam nuggets. ring around the glass and a slight collection of white spots on the beer's roof.

wood, age, oak. sugary honey, vanilla, maple syrup (nose)

drinkable with alcohol, clove.. fig. heavily spiced with a light body and hot hot hot ABV. finishes cleaner than one would be used to with a barleywinish style beer. something i would go out of my way to seek out again.

Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale
Aged Since 2001

This is one of those beers that I have been really interested in trying for some time now. I was lucky enough to find it at Downeast Beverage in Portland, Maine recently.

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bottle and served in a brandy snifter. I let the beer sit for a few minutes after taking it out of the fridge. There is a nice description on the label about bragget barleywines.

The appearance is a hazy and murky light brown color with burnt orange highlights. Very light head at first that turns into nothing.

Aroma of Juicy Juice, caramel, honey, and fruity esters.

This is one unique and interesting brew. Vanilla and honey sweetness with an earthy, musty presence. Its easy to sense the alcohol warmth this beer has inside you. You can feel it...this beer was brewed to be sipped like a fine wine. This is perfect on a snowy February night like tonight. I like the complexity this beer has to offer. It's not for everyone, but I dig it. Considering this is an 11.8% ABV monster, the drinkability level is pretty darn good.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one gave off a quick, dissipating light brown head and sported a brownish body with just the smallest tinge of orange.

Smell – This sweetish beer reminds me of some red wines that I’ve tasted in the Northern Californian grape region, especially during “barrel tasting” time. It is sweet and sugary with some good malty scents and a light, easy alcohol presence.

Taste – This is very similar to red wine. The honey/mead aspect of the beer lends itself more towards the grapes. There’s a nice and easy alcohol flavor that compliments the malts and sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is maybe just a bit bigger than medium-bodied with a strong but very smooth alcohol sensation.

Drinkability – This is an easy-drinking Braggot and the first example that I’ve had. It is oh so tasty and went down extremely well for such a high ABV beer.

Comments – This was a 2001 vintage (according to the cap) that I tasted in early 2005 over at skyhand’s house. What a treat.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  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.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

II served this in the tiny snifter sold at the Atlantic Brewing Company store. The brew didn't for much head, but had a lovely copper color. The aroma offered an interesting blend of wine notes, honey, and tea. The flavors were well balanced between honey sweetness, roasted malt, and tea-like hop bitterness. It was complex, but not exactly, what I was looking for. I did enjoy the full body, and found the brew to be quite drinkable - despite disagreeing with the hop selection.

Photo of TAMU99
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be prepared for this one.
Pours a rich brown, with an odd look for a beer. Fizzes like a soda and the foam dissipates as fast.
Very sweet, honey/mead scent quite reminiscent of port wine. Quite captivating. Spiced, but nothing stood out.
Taste - this is where to be ready - very similar to tawny port. Very sweet, all malt tones with barely underneath.
Feels thick like a porter but without the bite. Coats the tongue with a sweet finish.
Drinkability - yes...but. This one is great for desert, not so much a dinner beer.

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

Appearance: deep and murky, rhurbarb-hued, with a brief, pinkish head, most unusual.
Aroma is heady, complex, cherries, post wine, very barleywine-ish, powerful stuff.
Full-on flavor from the start, rich and fruity, lightly hoppy, dominant malt, very vinous...smooth on tongue, surprisingly, though the booze makes it's presence felt soon enough. Uncompromising, and brimming with character.
Full body, long, rich, fruity finish.
Enjoyed in the company of friends, most impressive..big thanks to bennybrew, heck of a good one, here!

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

Presentation: 22 ounce brown glass bomber just as per the BA avatar. The golden oval sticker on the bottles collar proclaims that this is “Aged Since November 2000”. The reverse of the label includes a lengthy history lesson for Bragget drinking undergraduates.

Appearance: Hazy dark red-brown cherrywood body. Minimal lacing at first leaves a thin light brown halo ring that lasts and frames a surface devoid of anything except a calm pond look.

Nose: Caramel and some honeyed toffee. Dark molasses and toasted malts with a hint of warming alcohol in the back end.

Taste: Sweetish start, smooth caramel toffee with a slick yet viscous spicy honey middle. Warming Barleywine malts and an alcohol finish lend thickness and a great body to this Bragget.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is there but is never dominant, yet it packs a supportive punch in this beauty. Bold licks and a solid body.

Drinkability: More of a tasty sipper rather than a drinker, but the one 22 ounce bottle easily accommodated a long night of paying bills and was a great friend for the breaks between sending e-mails.

Overall: A very tasty brew and a real change of pace from the usual Barleywine. The honey really adds a synergy to this brew. Well worth trying.

Thanks to UncleJimbo for this one, it was well worth the Yulesmith!!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this brew before but pre-BA days. I am sampling a bottle from Unionmade. thanx man! This is a chilled sample that I am pouring in a Rapscallion snifter. THe bottle says aged since 2001
The brew pour a rich chestnut color and is slightly hazy. I get a small off-white frothy head that fades quickly to an edge layer. Eventually the head disappears completely.
Aroma is sweet with honey, brown sugar, maple syrup coming through and a bit of warming alcohol too. I also get some raisin scents.
First sip is a thick yet smooth body with light rolling carbonation.
The flavor is again very sweet, I get brown sugar and honey mixing with caramel and toffee. No hop presence that I can detect. As the beer warms the alcohol presence fades a little and the finish is much less warming. A very smooth brew that I would recommend drinking at cellar temp or room temp and not chilled as the experience improved as the temp went up.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label: Aged since 2001.

A Braggot Barley WIne. I'm in new territory here.

It pours with a LOUD fizzing head, which disappears in a blink - much like Coca Cola. A crystal clear red amber body remains, without a speck of foam.

The aroma is alcoholic and sweet, with some honey, caramel and very strong licorice. It's a nose that says pay attention, I'm good and I'm dangerous.

Caramel, alcohol, and honey wrestle across the tongue, with the honey taking some of the edge off the alcohol, though a deep warming remains. If there's a hop in here, it's hiding in the basement in fear of its life. Yes it's sweet, but not off-puttingly cloying.

Mouthfeel is full, substantial.

Drinkability? This is one of those different interpretations. This is a sipper. But you look forward to the sip, and the next one. Just don't try chugging this stuff.

I'll second the label's suggestion as a dessert beverage, and add it makes a fine nightcap. Unusual, interesting, and enjoyable.

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

Big bomber bottle with a face on it that will be familiar to anyone perusing the forums the last few months (aka bennybrew's avatar). Cloudy dark amber brown, almost Belgian dubbel in color. Great nose - honey, orange peel, alcohol, and an aromatic spiciness that totally tickles the nose.

Take a big sip. Ahh - there's that aromatic spiciness again, charging up the roof of the mouth and into the back of the sinuses, redolent of orange rind, dried strawberries (both from the honey - more regarding that anon) and dryish caramel, some smokiness (again the honey) almost akin to an Irish whiskey, with a luscious warming surge of alcohol that gets warmer as the beer warms. Finishes dryish, with toffee on the palate ane the alcohol almost numbing the perimeter of the throat (Yes, it's the beer for tonsillitis!) and more of those lovely aromatics. Delicious.

Re honey: My buddy Bob makes a goodly amount of mead, and does a pretty fine job of it. I shared this with him and my next door neighbor Bill. Bob tried a sip and got that "Oooh - I need to try making this!!" look on his face which happens VERY rarely. Bill, who is heading to Bar Harbor this weekend, is picking some up for his stash and (hopefully) mine.

Many thanks to the esteemed bennybrew for this fine elixir.

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.

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!

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
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