Grandis Hydromelita
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Style:
Braggot
Ranked #2
ABV:
12%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,345
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 12.17%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
47
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OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
 
Connecticut, United States
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Notes: Grandis Hydromelita is our blended braggot from various ales matured in oak barrels from several months to three years & South African Coffee Mead that was matured in wine barrels.

Blend #1 - 11/04/2014
Blend #2 - 12/07/2015
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Myotus
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured gently at 49°F from a 500ml bottle (blend 2 - 07Dec15) into a snifter. Allowed to warm up to 55°F before reviewing. Consumed on 05Jun16.
LOOK: A trace of an off-white foam head is formed after pouring. Dark brown in color, almost black. There are no visible rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and nearly nonexistent. This is quite a physically unattractive beer.
SMELL: Strong aromas of sweet coffee and aged gouda cheese interestingly intertwine with mild oak, honey, plums, molasses, and raisins. Subtle sour green apple and spicy red wine aromas bring just the right amount of tartness and funkiness to the brew.
TASTE: Strong sweet coffee and mild spicy red wine flavors initially explode on to the palate. Mild flavors of plums, raisins, and aged gouda flow in right after to create a balancing sweet funkiness as coffee flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild oak flavors enter next as gouda flavors grow significantly stronger. The sweetness is amplified as mild molasses and subtle honey flavors flow in. A mild earthy yeast and subtle sour green apple finish off this symphony of flavor as all previous flavors maintain.
FEEL: Full-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down ridiculously smooth and creamy while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes with a strong, yet somewhat pleasant dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth reminds me that I'm drinking a 12% alcoholic brew.
NOTE: This not only was one of the most complex brews that I have ever had, but it was also one of the best. Those funky, aged gouda flavors are what set it off for me. I'm not sure what OEC did to create these flavors, but it made the beer dank, funky, and scrumptious.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the mead game, this is spot on.

A wonderful sweet brew. Lots of sweet honey, dessert wine/port, red grape, a slight coffee bitterness, a huge oak tannic structure of red wine, dry on the back end. The sweetness really hides the alcohol.

A complex winner from OEC.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml foiled and capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared by schen9303.

Pours still. Beer is a cloudy dark brown/mahogany. No lace but oily, thin legs. Nope.

Nose is booze, dark raisins, soy sauce, vinegar, chocolate, liquorice, smoke and roast. Pretty nice and very complex.

Opens tart vinegar, soy sauce and raisin. Anise, liquorice, smoke, roast and more vinegar in the middle. Ends overripe prunes and chocolate. Boozy aftertaste. Certainly one of the most unique beers I've ever had.

Medium to full bodied with no carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down moderately boozy and filmy. Finishes messy and hot with a lingering, dry and filmy aftertaste. A bit much.

I don't know if carbonation would help this beer. While the uniqueness that characterizes OEC's offerings is definitely there, this just doesn't carry through desirable flavors.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Foil capped, 500ml bottle served in a snifter. Batch 1 - 11.4.2014 decanted for 30 minutes and served at cellar temp per the recommendations on the label. Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights when backlit. No head; just a thin sudsy band around the shoulders. Nose is quite vinous and somewhat reminiscent of a Bourdeaux. There are also notes of oak and balsamic vinegar. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a hint of honey sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a virtually still carbonation. This is a very acidic beer and it almost leaves the back of the throat feeling a bit parched between quaffs. Overall, very interesting with a great deal of complexity. Very different than any braggot I've ever had. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out very dark brown with no head. Extremely complex. Has an umami feel to it that touches a lot of different tastes. Slightly tart and sour. Big malty presence.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a teku glass, bottle says to serve at cellar temp and decant for 20-30 minutes.

A- Pours a dark opaque black with just slight bubbly carbonation, top is completely flat save for some bubbles lining the perimeter.

S- Fairly aromatic with notes of chocolate, very subtle coffee, aged balsamic, port, dark fruits, oak, cherries, raisins. Very complex, you need to really sniff around to pick out all of the flavors. Once you let this decant as instructed the aromas really begin to integrate themselves nicely with the balsamic fading a bit and the dark fruits coming out more.

T- Very fruity (much more then nose) with flavors of figs, cherries, dates, prunes, grapes, balsamic, and light chocolate. Finishes with a more definitive fig flavor, oak, wine, just a hint of balsamic acidity, and a light honey sweetness. Lingering flavors of sweet figs, honey, and prunes. Extremely flavorful and very unique.

M- Oily, slick, very smooth (almost no alcohol burn), pretty much no carbonation.

O- I haven't had many braggots to compare this to, but this beer was extremely unique, full of flavor, and quite tasty. OEC has been pumping out some very unique and interesting blends and this is no exception. I wouldn't recommend this for everyone but it's definitely worth the try.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -10%

Bottle. Had this next to their Grandis. I am guessing that was the base beer. Well this one had coffee mead in it? It pours like a liqueur or brandy. Looks oily and actually leaves legs on the glass. No bubbles. The aroma is tart and has some diacetyl and acetone characteristics. An airy sweetness ripe with dried dark fruits. Not picking up much roast or coffee character. The flavor is also not very roasty or coffee-like. It's sweet but also sour and tannic. Vinous. Very, very rich. Woody and oaky. Slick feel with almost zero carbonation. Dense. Not sure I have had a beer quite like this. It will definitely make a place in my memory banks.

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Grandis Hydromelita from OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 47 ratings