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Kuhnhenn BraggotKuhnhenn Braggot

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Braggot is mead and beer combined, this batch won the Bronze medal at 2012 GABF, one of only three medals given to Michigan breweries in the state This batch was made with Michigan Wildflower mead and Scottish Ale. Frank and Eric collaborated to make this award winning mead.

Added by marburg on 09-22-2003

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Humulus5883 (Reddit) for this, I've been really excited to try it. 2011 vintage.

Pours not head at all, and I mean nothing, not even a thought of one, with a semi hazy maroon mahogany cranberry reddish color.

Nose definitely has some mead characters, nice honey, floral like, light sweet malt, little caramel and molasses like malts, some fruits with fig, apple like, etc, little nutty and candy like, and lots of booze.

starts syrupy and thick, big malts and honey too. Honey is thick but more background like with a bit of floral fruity honey. Then syrupy thick malts, a little nutty and caramel molasses candy like. Booze is there but not 16% like, but there is some fusel and phenolic flavors from it, as well as a light glue like solventy flavors. Fruits bring more fig, date, little apple and other sweet like fruits. Light bitterness as well cutting in. Finish is still a bit sweet but it never gets really sweet, some warming booze lingering, more dark fruits, nuts, syrupy candy, and a bit of honey as it dries a lot later.

mouth is syrupy, fuller ish bodied, almost no carb though, some warming booze but doesn't feel anywhere near 16%.

Overall interesting, unique, a big beer with lots of dark fruits, malts, syrupy candy flavors, and plenty of additions from the booze itself. However, the mead portion seems to be drowned out a bit too much, but still tasty and good.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

(Aged for 1 year)

Cloudy dark brown with dark ruby edges and a very thin khaki colored ring of small, tight bubbles, leaving the glass oily and slick on the way down. I don't expect much lace on a drink of this hefty ABV.

A sweet, fruity, and earthy aroma: red grape skins, plum, honey, scorched caramel, and dirt. Some alcohol, but that's expected.

The flavor is similar with honey and grape skins dominant, along with earth and alcohol warmth, especially in the back of the throat upon swallowing. Rich, sticky caramel and honey along with a nutty component as this warms fully.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation--slightly oily, though very drinkable.

Though I'm very new to the style, I enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2011 winter solstice bottling at 16.0% abv poured a deep barely translucent burgundy; no head to speak of - just some errant bubbles around the collar. If I knew what braggots should look like, I might've given it a better score, but I found it to be unremarkable in appearance

S: sweet dark fruits, caramelly malts

T: sweet balance of honey and malt creating a kind of brown sugar taste; some spice notes - I dunno - makes me think of clove or nutmeg and the kind of sugary dessert spices you find in Christmas and Thanksgiving pies and such - reminds me a lot of the Samiclaus Bier I had a while back (which was categorized as a doppelbock incidentally)- in the mouthfeel, too...

M: very thin and slick - how they hid such a high abv is beyond me, but I don't detect it at all; leaves a nice sweet holiday dessert spice aftertaste - like I had plum pudding with brandy

O: another one of those (for me at least, never having had mead or a braggot before) really unique beers. I thoroughly enjoyed the drinking of it - it was so innocuous and easy-drinking, but at the same time, I probably would go with a barleywine just as easily. Don't get me wrong, though, if you are a true beer advocate, it is worth the buy.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to whoever opened this at the tasting.

A: Flat, clear mahogany body. Meh.

S: Sweet honey, dark fruit, and some faint meatiness. Light booze. Quite nice.

T: Strong and sweet, with some honey, toffee, candied fruit, and booze. Tasty.

M: Still, sticky, and smooth. Ok.

O: One of the best Braggots I've had, this one really did combine the best of its beer and mead elements into something special. Killer concoction from Kuhnhenn.


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Photo of SteelersX
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a funky bret like character in this beer That I wasnt expecting. Also some high alcohols that are not surprising considering this beer is 16 percent alcohol.

It is sweet but not cloyingly so. Overall a very tasty beer but maybe not exactly what I was expecting. Kuhnenns always pleases in some fashion.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2011 Winter Solstice. Bottle poured into a snifter. According to the bottle, this checks in at a whopping 16% ABV. It is a deep dark brownish color, slightly translucent with little to no carbonation. Smell is extremely sweet and alcoholic, with a lot of brown sugar and molasses-type aromas. Taste is very sweet with an interesting mix of woody off-flavors. While alcohol is definitely present, it is hidden pretty well for 16% ABV. There is very little carbonation here. This is probably my first braggot, but despite not having anything to compare to this is an enjoyable heavy beer.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a very very hazy deep brown with a slight mahogany hue and absolutely zero head, which as i understand it is typical for this brew, leaves no head either
S: dark fruits, prunes and raisins come to mind but also a slight woody character is underlying
T: woah, this is a drastic and ridiculous brew, that being said it is nice, very dark fruits from the onset where they begin slightly sweet through the end where they become more syrup or molasses like, molasses lingers on the palate long afterwards, also a very slight black licorice
M: smooth, extremely thick and syrupy no alcohol burn which is nice, the character is there in the taste but not the mouthfeel
O: a nice sipping beer and at 16% thats all id recommend you do with it, very unique and complex on the palate, extremely deep and really lingers on the palate for a long time

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

picked up locally, 2011 vintage from the winter solstice. poured 12oz into hill farmstead oversized wine glass.

a - a hard pour yields a still lifeless liquid in the glass. looks purple in the glass but to the light, ruby highlights are revealed. no lacing to speak of.

s - oh wow. rich and complex. big banana and bubble gum. some lighter spicing like clove and sage. honey and lemon. smells rich and chunky. i really don't know what to expect.

t - just as much going on in the flavor. banana, bubble gum, same sage i find in the smell and honey. weird and different, but good. sweet, but not cloying.

m - little to no carbonation, but it seems to work. doesn't really seem like a beer, perhaps more of a liquore or cordial?

o - overall, didn't really know what to expect with this one. i've had a braggot or two before and it is an odd style (top braggot is rated at 3.91 so not something universally loved on BA). going into this one with no expectations, the end result is a big strong alcoholic drink that doesn't feel like one. i really don't get any of the booziness. there is some sweetness, but nicely balanced out with some sweeter saison-like flavoring. no mistake that this is different. probably a great one to bust out after a dinner party and give everyone an ounce or two. a bit pricey, but i suspect that i'll pick up another one of these while they are around. a very cool and unique drink and something that would be fun to break out to rave reviews.

kuhnhenn continues to impress with their huge beers that carry a nice flavor and are beyond drinkable with hidden booze.

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Photo of brystmar
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn's 2008 imperial bourbon barrel aged braggot was among the best beers I had last year, so I've got high expectations for this one.

Split this 2011 bottle three ways. Zero head or lace from the dark caramel colored body. Looks like we poured a spirit instead of a beer. Honey, spices, yeast, malt, booze, and caramel in the nose.

Malty and sweet; honey really shines through. Dark and oaky too. Lots of other spicy nuances that I can't finger give it complexity. Sticky, medium body with zero carb.

Careful though: you can barely taste the 16% ABV, even at room temperature. Literally *zero* bite and only very mild alcoholic warmth as it descends. I enjoyed this one, but at $12 for a 12oz it's only for special occasions.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Blind BIF 6

A - Pours a very dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights when i hold my glass up to the light. There was absolutely no foam whatsoever except now there is a ring of tiny bubbles around the glass.

S - The aroma is sort of faint. I'm picking up some sweet malt, maybe a bit of coffee or fruit or something?

T - Now i'm getting it more, it reminds me of Ludens cherry cough drops. And thats how it tastes as well. A slight mix of cough syrup and maltiness. Not really something that i'm liking very much, though I did used to eat those cough drops like candy when I was a kid. As it warms I start to pick up a bit of chocolate in there as well.

M/D - medium bodied, almost still, very syrupy. I wouldn't say its hard to drink, its just not enjoyable. I keep trying it thinking it will be different but nope, this is what it is.

As for a guess, i could guess Mad Elf, that beer has the same cherry type flavor but not as bad as this. So i'll just rip off the paper to reveal...
Kuhnhenn Braggot

now that I read about it, I can pick up the honey more. I just don't think this is my style. As it warms, it definitely has a different flavor and its growing on me, but in the end I don't think its for me.


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Photo of HopHead84
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shared by Floydster at The Bruery Reserve Society party. I believe this is the March 2008 vintage. It's dark amber with a diminutive head of bubbles. The nose is earthy, with notes of sour fruit candy, raisins, heather, and honey. The flavor is earthy and slightly sour, with notes of heather, honey, and a dash of chocolate. This was cloying and I didn't finish my small sample.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at '08 Winter Solstice - says March 2008 on the label however. 13.5% is the ABV for this batch. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - There's a half finger of late-rising foam that dissipates to a ring. Dark brown that reveals transparent red-orange highlights when held to the light. I wasn't expecting much in the way of head from such a high-gravity brew.

S - Smells like Concord grape juice and honey, with some raisin and darker fruits notes and a hint of the trademark Kuhnhenn chocolate truffle as well. Very sweet, with well hidden booze even as it warms.

T - Taste has more presence from the chocolate malts, with some burnt sugar character as well. The honey isn't quite as overt - this is not mead in disguise. There's still some of the fruity grape flavor, and the alcohol is again very well hidden. Thankfully not trace of the sourness detected by some of my colleagues.

M - This is where the alcohol becomes noticeable - there's a nice heat after swallowing. Full bodied, with low carbonation and a roasty, surprisingly unsticky residual feel.

D - It gets a tad sweet and the ABV is ridiculous, but I never felt like I wanted to give up on my 12oz pour (although I did ask my wife for help). Surprisingly drinkable for what it is...

Wow - a Winter Solstice '08 beer that isn't infected - I should go buy a lottery ticket.

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Photo of gford217
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a small short-lived off-white head that leaves a tiny collar and no lacing. There are definitely some boozy legs that cling to the sides on the way down.

The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet honey, caramel malts and a slight sourness lingering in the nose as well. It's definitely dominated by the sweetness though and pretty close to what I expect from the style.

The taste has a quick tart apple sweetness that gives way to the much bigger honey sweetness with some caramel malts thrown in. There is definitely an alcohol burn in the finish with a slight sour and cardboard twang. Not too bad though and the taste was pretty good overall....just hot.

The carbonation is fairly low, which is fine, but the overall mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and really hot with the alcohol.

I was definitely expecting a bit more body with this one and the sourness was slightly offputting, though it wasn't enough to ruin the beer for me.

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Photo of pwoods
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to polomagnifico from RB for this nice extra!

12oz. brown bottle poured into a Delerium Noel Tulip.

A: Pours a deep deep ruby, opaque. Short head, maybe a half inch, not very much retention. Some lacing.

S: Plenty of sweetness from the honey but some added toffee notes in the back. Some spices that remind me of Christmas sweets and spicy cookies. Maybe some grassy hops in the back. A bit of mineral in the back.

T/M: Soothing alcohol all around. A touch too much sweetness for my taste but it's definitely on style with the big honey notes and deeper rich sweetness from the malts adding some toffee. There is a flash of hop bitterness and maybe more of the grassy, flowery hop flavor. Alcohol really booms right on the swallow and even more as it warms. Body is medium full to full and very smooth from the low carbonation. Surprisingly not syrupy.

D: It's unseasonably cool right now but this is definitely a winter brew. ABV is big time but would make a nice warming sipper during the cold winter.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of kkulacki. Pours a dark brown mud color with hints of red and with good clarity. Thin layer / ring of light brown bubbles. Laces wetly and slowly. Aroma is very sweet and figgy, with lots of strong honey reduction and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is intense, as i have come to expect from Kuhnhenn. Big, tangy bitterness, with lots of oaky tannins. Honey is sweet, almost overwhelming, but the high alcohol and malty base manage to reign it in. Full bodied, definitely approaching syrupy. This is definitely a sipper. Hooh-ah, Kuhnhenn makes some big ass beers!

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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the Solstice Party this year.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost brown away from the light, thin tan head forms, settles to a nice collar around the glass, some lacing sticks, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, very floral, caramel, fruit, raisins, alcohol, light ammonia which I noticed with the braggot I made, biscuits, lots of malt, neat honey character. Taste is neat, although the flavour it a bit thin and hot, some floral honey character, fruity, alcohol is in your face, some caramel, apples, some spice, ammonia again, pretty interesting although can't say its very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light bodied, pretty thin, with low to medium carbonation, some big heat going down. Way too thin, light sourness, lots of heat, not as rich and full bodied as I think a braggot should be.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not normally a fan of the style, but when it comes from
these guys, you just got to jump right in. Served chilled to
cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass, this one
was consumed on 02/22/2009.

The pour was nice enough with a rich dark amber color that
was somewhat hazy and cloudy. A nice head of white came up
over the top and settled down into a thin veil that stayed on
top throughout the session. The aroma was loaded with grains,
nice light fruit notes, hints of honey and a light bit of
alcohol. Nice sharp bite as I take my first taste, rich
flavor here, more so then I have seen in the style before.
Nice flavor of honey soaked oak that came across the tonge
very quickly. Smooth, mellow carbonation really let the
flavor explore the palate as light noted of fruit, peaches
and nice touches of light grain and spice. Very intresting
and very smooth with almost no hotness even with the very
high alcohol in this one. Overall another really big winner
from the guys up north. This one was one of the better of the
style I have ever had. Top notch and I would go for it again.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Kuhnhenn Solstice Party 08. Clear, deep chestnut with ruby highlights and a thin layer of fine, beige bubbles. There was a thin collar too, which provided some spotty lacing. Caramel and floral honey in the aroma, along with unrefined sugar, mild dark and toasted grains, and a hint of higher alcohols. Low bitterness, plenty of sugary sweetness. Some caramel and quite a lot of honey flavour, a bit of fruit character as well, plum and cherry. Mild alcohol flavour with moderate warmth. Very fine carbonation, a bit on the low side, with medium body, quite smooth. Quite tasty and very drinkable, a nice change of pace when you're looking for something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal. Thanks, Derek. You're the best, man.

Appearance: It's a darker brown color with a strong red hue. Almost looks like a deep cherry color. There's a very light haze in there. The head was white and disappeared soon after it arrived. It barely covered the surface. No lacing was left to speak of. I do like the color quite a bit though. It's unique and carries the day.

Smell: The nose is kicked off with a strong cherry scent. It's very sweet smelling. Maybe even a hint of brown sugar in there. Smells like there's some sweet chocolate malts in the mix. There's a distinct leather aroma that emerges and adds an interesting dimension to it. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't present itself as strong. My bottle indicates abv is 13.5%. The alcohol is actually somewhat artful, if you can imagine that. Very nice, classy smell.

Taste: A strong cherry flavor is the focal point. It's more candy-esque than medicinal though. Nicely done. Chocolate malts add some sweetness and give it a well-rounded flavor. It is a little leather-like and earthy in a way. That's a subtle feature that's far from strong. Alcohol is masterfully blended. For a 13.5% beer, it's not all that noticeable. It's far from hot or boozy. Very impressive. Braggot has a nice flavor. It's not exactly flashy or full of pizzazz, but rather a classy, flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a heavier medium body. It's nice and smooth. Carbonation is there, but it's just enough to keep it from being flat. It's not exactly lush, but smooth enough. Drinkability on this one is okay, but limited by the extremely high abv. I'll award extra marks for its deceptive nature. But, I know the truth.

Braggot's a good beer. Kuhnhenn did a nice job with this interesting style. This is my first go with a Braggot and I'm pretty impressed. As I alluded to earlier, it's very artful and classy. I feel important as I'm drinking. Dammit, a beer that makes you feel important is a good beer. Thanks, Derek. Very thoughtful selection.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2008. 13.5% ABV.

A- A deep, murky, leathery brown beer with some deep ruby hues. The head is thin, splotchy, and white, but at least there is some carbonation to it. The redness really makes it something to look at.

S- Hmmm... some cherry candy, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. Smells amazing when you really get in there. Very unique.

T- Cherry candy at the beginning, but as it warms, a chocolate aspect comes out. The alcohol is barely noticeable for 13.5% ABV. Not as much depth as I would have imagined or as the aroma would lead you to believe, but still nice.

M- Not very carbonated, but just a bit to allow some flavors to come through. There is no alcohol burn, just a bit of warmth and a lasting dryness in the aftertaste.

D- The alcohol will definitely sneak up on you with this one. A easy to drink sipper. Interesting and unique.

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Photo of hopdog
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub...

Poured a medium amber color with a small sized head. Aromas of, well guess what, honey with some caramel. Tastes of honey, caramel, and some breadiness. Light alcohol in the finish. Braggots are another style I don't really seek out, but this one was drinkable and not bad.

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Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color of honey (who would have though) decent white head and pops with a sizzle. Slightly cloudy.

Dry earthy aromas. Malt is very prevelant in the nose as well as dry honey blossoms, and flower.

Very nice refreshing semi-dry mead. The malt does very well at helping any cloying sweetness that may have been there. Alcohol burns slightly in the chest. Floral, earthy finish again full of alcohol. Once past the initial alcohol burn the spritzy carbonation really helps drinkability. Nice sipper after a long weekend of liver infection.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to brett for the sample.
poured a soft golden with a wispy head that fell into the ever so slight hint of lace.
the aroma was mainly honey followed by malt with a hint of yeast.
the flavor was fantastic honey intermingled with malt, hint of fresh baked bread and some unidentifed fruit.
the mouthfeel was suryp-slippery-sweet (but ot cloying) with a tingle from carbonation as it went down.
braggot is very drinkable and went well cars water cracker and brie.

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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sparkling mead with geuzelike sourness. My first braggot, it was crisp, carbonated (wohlfs who brought it to Doug Shoemaker explained the carbonation is from the malt) and different. Dry aftertaste. Refreshing and will have again. Surprising the alcohol was so high, ya don't notice.

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Photo of marburg
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say, first, that I haven't much basis for comparison among meads and their ilk. I've only ever had one prior to this, and it was quite a while ago. I can say, though, that I did enjoy this beverage, irregardless of its degree of authenticity.

Golden brown, something of the copperish color of a lightly toasted marshmellow. Nothing too significant in the way of carbonation. A very strong, sweet honey aroma drifted from the bottle right away. Very potent. Big, big flavor dominated by alcohol and honey sweetness in the truest sense. A beefier middle that ressembles beer a little more, probably where the barley in the product shows itself a bit. Alcohol in the finish, especially as it warms a bit. It gets a bit harsh when it's really warm. But otherwise, it was pretty good. I'm not sure of the abv, but if it's below 7-8abv, I'd be outright shocked.

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