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

229 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 69
Gots: 18 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Maxwell
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of becktone
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ManekiNeko13
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.

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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.

Photo of sommersb
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.