Brother Adam's Bragget Ale | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

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 jdhilt
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a ring leaving traces of lace, honey nose, good carbonation and medium bodied, starts sweet and mellow, not cloying, the high ABV is not noticable, clean finish. Rerated October 2006 from a bottle I have had for more than a year. This is how beer should be - its perfect. $6.99 for this 22oz bottle from the brewery in Bar Harbor, Me. Worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.85/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage poured into a Delirium snifter

Pours a hazy body with a color similar to medium or dark honey, which is fitting since its brewed with honey. Less than a finger of khaki head that quickly fades to leave little lacing on the glass. Smells of honey, plums, figs, rock candy and lots of toasted malts, faint hint of booze. Tastes of, you guessed it, honey mostly, sweet bready grains, dark fruits and currants, caramel, slightly vinous, and a little bitter citrus. No hint of the nearly 12% ABV contained within, and not overly bitter or sweet, very well balanced. Velvety smooth, low carbonation, viscous and coating but not syrupy or filmy. Dangerously easy to drink! Not at all hot, very tasty and aromatic, great body and feel. An all around superb beer!

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this brew back in 2000 and have enjoyed it every year since. This tasting is of the 2005 batch.

A - wonderful golden color with a touch of tan. This year's batch has a nice light carbonated head that dissipates quickly. Looks great!

S - Honey and toffee. Very rich nose.

T - Nicely blended honey / caramel toffee taste with just enough of a light spice to balance the taste and keep it from being cloying. There definitely is no overt taste of hops considering this is noted on the label as a barleywine style brew. It tastes so good I say who cares!

M - Rich, wonderful full bodied beer. Goes down rich, smooth and clean with a nice warming effect.

D - One bottle is more than enough in an evening sitting. It's a wonderful beer and even better when shared with friends.

This can be a hard to find beer. If you see it buy it and enjoy!

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Photo of Thads324
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"aged since 2006"
A : pours a slightly hazy ruby color with just a tiny hint of white bubbles that disappears quickly to nothing.
S: very intense sweetness like a brandy. Dark dried fruit and a heart aroma. The alcohol is reminiscent of vodka.
T : starts sweet like the smell. A hefty flavor full of honey, grapes, other dried fruits and and underlying breadiness. A bit of clove in the middle. Very sweet. Very much like a red wine. As it warms it almost gets a woody oak flavor. Finishes with some heat and caramel flavor.
M : full flavored and low effervescence. Sharp flavors, good linger like a red wine

A really well aged beer. Not at all like when it's fresh. Very intense and complex, but ultimately similar to a red wine in flavor and drinkability. A really really good bragget. Need more now

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge before opening. Very interesting brew. Poured with decent foamy, thick, slightly creamy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear, dark orange copper amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is honey, malt, and a bit of funk. Flavor is the most interesting part - truly a cross between ale and mead. Malt, a hint of bitter hop and honey - minus the heavy honey flavors retaining only the smooth, mellow qualities. Body is full and lush with perfect carbonation to cut through the sweetness. Finish is like flavor and is quite long. Excellent after dinner beer; maybe one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I made two mistakes with this beer. First, seeing the bottle said to "sip it", I saved it for the last beer of the evening. Second, since no ABV was listed, just November 2000, I drank the whole thing. Brother Adam must have been pie eyed a lot. It had a nice amber brownish color. The first sip should have warned me about the ABV, but I paid it no heed. I really enjoyed the honey taste. Not too sweet, just right. Before I knew it, "Voila!", the bottle was gone. And so was I. That's right Venom, I finally got the Bragget.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mega thanks to Purplehops who sent this beer as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer has a coppery bronze coloration to the body. The head was a shortly lived biege coloration. The beer really looked great from the start. No real lacing to speak of on my glass.

Smell: This beer has a very complex aroma. The beer is a stew of aromas. This beer has fruity pears, apples, raisins, honey, sweet maltyness, very peppery spicey alcohol, cloves, peat moss and a general earthyness.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell. This beer creeps onto your palate and roars to a finish. The beer starts sweet and ends with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: I am not really sure what I expected with this beer. I thought it would be much sweeter and much more viscous. The beer has a medium body. The carbonation is slightly greater than low. This beer is a long term sipper. I enjoyed the beer over several hours. The beer was originally served cold but allowed to reach room temperature. I reccommend allowing the beer to approach room temperature for maximum sensory stimuli.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: I'm not sure of the age on this bottle, but there's a label that reads "Aged since November 2000" on the bottle. I'm guessing that it's about 2 years old.

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale offers a slightly hazy robe of ruby-tinged chestnut beneath a short lid of creamy off-white foam that drops rather quickly to a thin collar and leaves only minimal lace (obviously due in great part to its high alcohol content). The nose, however, more than makes up for its shortcomings in appearance! It's rich and lively; loaded with honey, malt, fruit, and alcohol! And as it crosses the palate it's just as creamy as one might imagine - except for the mild sting of the alcohol involved. It's warming, and you can feel it passing through the throat and into the stomach. More honey is present in the flavor, and it's nicely entwined within doughy, vanilla and almond-laced cookie-dough-ish malt. Spicy alcohol accents, some fruitiness (sweet white raisins), and a very limited bitterness round things out. It's quite rich and enticing, yet its alcohol can be limiting.

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Photo of skibumma70
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of sweet malt and light honey. Appearance is of a dark honey color, almost reddish. The taste is of sweet honey, almost sugary bread, light butterscotch, spicy mix. As it sits on your palate after a sip, it warms, probably from the higher alcohol content. Overall, this was very good. I had this with a good cigar, and it was the perfect compliment. It was pricey at $11 for a little over a pint, but it was delicious. I would buy a few of these if I come across them again, and put them away for a good drink with a stogie. I bought this after a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor last weekend.

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Photo of halfpgl
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged Since November 2000 (posted 3/20/04). The nose doesn’t give notice to the BIG mouth feel and nicely alcoholic finnish. The color is that of cider but the honey that is added gives this barley wine a body that I haven’t experienced before. This is thick stuff. Not a bad thick either. The alcohol is a very nice note to have to balance the sweet. If I can find this again I’ll buy it. Not a session beer but it’s tempting.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sticker on bottle says Aged Since November 2000.

Pours a murky, orangish brown. Thin tan head, quickly dissipates. Looks almost flat but the mouth reveals some carbonation. Smells of honey and sweet mead. Caramel. Nutty, vanilla. Fruity, ripe plum. Vinuous.

Tastes of rich caramel malt. Vanilla and oak. Honey. Light alcohol flavor. Sweet. Earthy and bready. Spiced apple way back. Very barleywine-ish but with a bit of mead flavor mixed in. Mouth is velvet smooth. Elegantly masks the alcohol. A sipper but a real smooth one. Must get more to age...

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Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this 2006 version on tap at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. Served cool in a snifter.

A - A clear bronze w/ small cap of white which turns to a ring of carbonation beads

S - A smell like candy - floral esters and honey sweetness in the nose w/ a mild sherry like oxidized aroma which is pleasant
The nose is malt dominated w/ slight spice from the yeast

M - the feel has a sweet tip w/ mild toast and hints of acohol w/ mellow semi-dry finish. The ale has moderately high carbonation which seems unusual given the high abv, but complements the sweet feel and adds balance - not cloying in any sense, a really nice blend of textures at play

T - A sweet tinge of stone fruit w/ vinous and plum notes and mild prune hints w/ toasted nut and mild caramel w/ a dry honey-candy-like flavor. The taste of the honey is fruity and the malt adds a nutty toasted element w/ yeast complimenting. There is a mild sweet dry herbal accent and light almond note w/ a hint of white grapeskin late in the taste

D - A supremely good drink for such a big honey fermented beer the 4 years seems to have added a dry texture to the overall mouthfeel and reduced some of the level of sweetness as I had this fresh on my birthday last June and it seemed less dry. It is so smooth -I am so glad I got to try this on tap + w/ 4 years of age on it!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich clear orange/red, small white head forms, some spotty lacing. Smell is alcohol, bananas, rum, vanilla oak, and floral hops. Taste is alcohol up front, then honey, banana, caramel, rum, floral hops, and grape/vinous finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, the carbonation is very low, a nice alcohol burn/warmth all the way down. Nice sipper, pretty tasty.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says "Aged Since November 2000". I bought this last summer in Augusta during our week vacation. Pours out a ruby red, almost glowing color. Small head that doesn't last. Pours a bit like soda. Smells just like an English Barley Wine. Sweet all the way. Taste is what I expected, showing some English style. Huge malty sweet backbone that just takes over. The honey adds a different demension to the beer. Very drinkable, for such a huge beer.

Very different than the only other Braggot I have had, Magic Hat. MH was very champagne like and this is very Barley Wine like. Both good, but different.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via I think a raffle I won through Harpoon, which was donated by bennybrew along with some glasses. Thanks for the opportunity... Gold foiled cap.

Poured into a large glass chalice, formed a 1/8" beige head, over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven swirl, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Flavor is honey-tinged sweetness upfront, light fruitiness in the middle, and a moderate alcohol warmth to the close. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability is quite good. This one keeps me coming back for more.

7/11/04 - 4/4.5/4/4.5/4
22oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity... Foiled cap, and sticker on taper of bottle says "Aged since 2001".

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of tan head, which practically vanished before my eyes. Dark amber shade to this brew. Aroma is sweet like most barleywines, but this one seems to be tempered a bit, probably due to the honey, with alcohol pervasive, as expected. Flavor is follows the nose, with a sweet taste upfront, followed by the alcohol, which seems to have the ride smoothed by the honey character. Nice effect. As a result, I think the mouthfeel is excellent, and the drinkability is enhanced by the interesting traits of this brew, making you come back again to make sure you enjoyed it from all angles.

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Photo of sommersb
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a well presented 22oz bomber, crown wrapped in gold foil, this beer was a gift courtesy of Unionmade from his recent trip to Maine. Bottle also has a sticker stating "aged since 2001". The Bragget Ale pors out a hazy reddish amber with no visible head, just traces of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Carbonation is low but very tight, think "tiny bubbles" here. Chill haze disappears completely as the Bragget warms a bit. Aroma is very fruity and sweet, with a distinct whif of alcohol. Body is on the medium side for a barleywine, not too heavy at all. Taste is bold and spicy with alcohol at first taste, then blends to bright fruit and malty sweetness. Also has a nice vintage barleywine "mustiness", tastes well aged. Finish is very sweet with a delicious hint of wild honey lingering behind. Goes down relatively easy for a big big beer. Excellently crafted...

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz. bomber, small gold sticker says "aged since November 2000". Fairly dark brown brew with very little off white foam, the foam vanishes almost instantly. Very rich, sweet malt and honey stick out big in the aroma along with an alcohol smell. Smooth mouthfeel with rather low carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma with lots of sweetness from both malt and honey. A good bit of dark dried fruit flavor (prune and raisin) in this one also. The flavor character overall reminds me of a nice Tawny Port, I think this would go great with a chocolatey dessert or a good cigar. Nicely warming alcohol feeling as it goes down.This stuff is really good for slow sipping on a cold and rainy fall day like today.

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Photo of maybrick
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from our Mondy Night Tasting Group. Label states "Aged Sine 2001" I think it's still on its way up. As a huge fan of meads in general this is really one interesting brew. Nice color and clarity with a thin head which is genrally characteristic.

Brilliant flavor hits home with the obvious honey and a surprise of cinamon. Good carbonation. I'd like more of this in the future.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2001 vintage. Pours a beautiful reddish hue of amber with about a fraction of a seconds worth of head. Little teeny ring of foam around the edge.

Smells quite strong and fruity. Lots of cherry and grape to the nose.

Tastes excellent. Lots of big gobs of sweet fruit with a really strong alcohol backdrop. The honey makes it all come together. Definitely a little smoky and a little leathery. Feel the burn.

Mouthfeel is medium huge. Almost brandy like.

Too drinkable for such a big un. Be careful out there.

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