Grandis Hydromelita
OEC Brewing (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

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Style:
Braggot
Ranked #2
ABV:
12%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,426
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
Reviews by jaasen64:
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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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More User Reviews:
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 mltobin
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 nmann08
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeaponTheyFear
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of imperialking
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMRSN
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGallo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexFields
2.58/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't love this...tart and slightly metallic.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of duceswild
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IrishColonial
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting nose, alcohol character is off, like fussil fuels

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brian tasting

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