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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale - Atlantic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 70
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ericlawton007
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rlcnmeyer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tt0027
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Barley76
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly murky looking gold color with a really nice white head on top. The head was foamy and soft looking, it also had a good retention but not much lacing. The smell of the beer is of course an assault of honey aromas with a touch of malt in there too. No hop aroma at all. The taste of the beer betters as it warms up but at no point in time does this beer disappoint in this category. The beer is more malty when it's cold, as the beer warms the honey profile really shines through. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it's soft and very easy to drink, low carbonation but just enough to keep it alive and the booze comes out a little more as the beer warms. Overall I thought this was a very nice example of a Braggot, I would personally enjoy aging this beer and seeing how it evolves over time.

Photo of corneliustoad
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in December 2011 and was recommended to hold onto it for a while. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a very dark brown color, with a reddish tint to it, two inches of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of honey, sweet dark fruits, sweet fruity malts, and toasted malts. Very sweet, but very nice.

t - Tastes of honey, fruity malts, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, bready malts, grains, and light alcohol. Nice but the alcohol is still there quite a bit. A step fown from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth from the honey.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. The honey is there and makes the beer smooth, but some alcohol is pretty prevelant in the taste. Think some more time would have done this one well, but still a pretty nice beer.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Etan
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a woody amber with a small light tan head.

S: Raw honey and dark fruit esters. Sweet but a little drying.

T: Not quite as full as the nose. Dry vinous notes and semi-sweet honey, big solvent alcohol in the finish.

M: A bit thin, light carbonation.

O: The thin body and booziness detract, although the beer is interesting.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of valdieu2
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As many beers as I have tried this is the first one I have sat down and actually studied it to review it. So bear with me on my first review.

This was a 2011 vintage, the servers at the brewery said that this beer taste better with age, and must be at least one year old before it can be bottled and served. Poured from bomber into a pint glass.

Appearence: Reddish-brown, little head and lacing, and did not notice much carbonation.

Smell: Very fruity smell, almost like a good wine, very similar smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: One of the smoothest beers I have ever tasted. Slight hint of alcohol present. the brewery also told me that the older it is the more alcohol can be detected when tasting it.

Overall: it was a very enjoyable beer, I was so impressed I bought a 2007 vintage to try on with family during a special event. By far one of the best beers I have ever had.

*Just adding that I had my 2007 vintage, not much a difference in the beer excpet a much more noticable alcohol flavor, still remains one of my top favorites.

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. This is my first beer in the style. Thanks to Adam for the bottle.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cap is magnificent; I really like the design.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, nice thickness, pretty good cream, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a murky pale copper with red tinges. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Honey, rich plum, awesome dark fruit and biscuity yeast, caramelized clean and amber malts, and ripe cherry. Very fresh yet musty and inviting. Complex. and intriguing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bright plum, ripe vibrant fruit, some honey, cherry, clean malts, tea, berry, light vague floral hopping, and pleasant caramelization. Some hints of grape. Fantastically balanced, featuring full complexity and striking subtlety. Built very well; I quite like it. Nice biscuity yeast. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick, if a bit filling. Nicely carbonated. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like this and look forward to trying more beers in the style. I'd love to age some of this. It's somewhat port-like in its sheer fruit brilliance.

B

Photo of guezarka
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After noticing the ABV on this beast, I figured I better have it on a night I don't have to go to work the next day.

Allow me to make this disclaimer: this is my first braggot, most likely I won't know what I'm talking about.

Into my chalice:

A: red/brown/copper colored body that leaves a small off-white almost light tan film of a head with lumpy valleys, some ever so small bubbles trickle up making a clear ring around the top.

S: sweet, its mainly the honey that comes out very strong. Some yeasty wheat tones come out as well. The alcohol comes out in the smell.

T: honey once again trying desperately to block the alcohol, but I definitely notice the alcohol in the taste.

M: smooth and wet, a good medium carbonation feel yet a slight harshness on the tongue

O: though I can feel the alcohol burn going down, this is almost hard to believe this is a beer. This is definitely a dessert beer for two reasons: 1) the sweetness 2) the abv will help you sleep. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber (into a glass? Didn't write it down).

A: Pours a reddish brown copper color. Forms only a ring of foam with minimal active carbonation visible.

A: Sweet, yeasty, with a wheat aroma also.

S: Flavors of grain/barley, with a sweet, slight fruity (apple? banana?) flavor also. A bit vinous with alcohol burn near the end.

M: Round, smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is enough to detract a little from my enjoyment.

O: A good and drinkable brew, whether it's a Honey Ale, Braggot or Barley Wine.

Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Perilousleigh
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.