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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

220 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 19 | 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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garrisonp

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-13-2013 04:22:52 | More by garrisonp
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev +9%

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.

10-07-2013 15:36:00 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Maillard

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-03-2013 03:15:25 | More by Maillard
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-16-2013 11:43:34 | More by jim_carignan
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

09-06-2013 01:14:58 | More by GarthDanielson
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rderedin

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-01-2013 20:13:18 | More by rderedin
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marcdalke

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-23-2013 10:11:09 | More by marcdalke
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becktone

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-03-2013 17:39:21 | More by duceswild
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-29-2013 04:45:00 | More by lpotter
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ManekiNeko13

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

06-15-2013 02:02:06 | More by ManekiNeko13
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

04-16-2013 00:24:28 | More by Alieniloquium
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

04-11-2013 04:23:02 | More by sommersb
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-20-2013 23:37:48 | More by bluerabbit
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

03-10-2013 14:40:35 | More by Damian74Shensky
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-16-2013 22:00:04 | More by donkeyrunner
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-16-2013 12:06:31 | More by williamjbauer
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-17-2013 01:59:54 | More by ericlawton007
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

01-07-2013 23:19:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-06-2013 00:25:52 | More by DrinkSlurm
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

12-22-2012 17:53:07 | More by rudzud
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rlcnmeyer

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2012 22:09:09 | More by rlcnmeyer
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tt0027

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-21-2012 19:19:12 | More by tt0027
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PEBKAC

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

11-02-2012 15:10:45 | More by PEBKAC
Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.