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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2002

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no date. tasted in late march/early april 2009. poured into tulip.

brown with golden-orange honey tones. foamy, off-white head quickly fades to just wisps and a sudsy ring. very sparse, splotchy lace.

aroma: apple, honey, pears, light caramel. hop presence is negligible. boozy alcohol and phenols.

taste: quite boozy from start to finish. similar flavors to the aroma, but overpowered by the phenols and alcohol, boosting the otherwise mild bitterness in a distracting way.

light to medium body, some syrupy smoothness, but astringency along with phenols and alcohol cut right back in. the mild carbonation doesn't seem to offer anything.

my first full serving of braggot... meh...

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have been itching to try a braggot-style ale since I read about them in a recent issue of Beeradvocate. Looked afor a few of them here and came across this one. Spotted it at the newly-established Hop City in Atlanta and picked up a bottle. Comes in a 22 ounce bottle. No vintage or dates to speak of. Likely 2007 or 2008.

Pours an copper color with ruby hues. Almost no head to speak of with only moderate lacing.

Smell is alcohol and sweet honey - like there's any other type of honey. Maybe even a hint of berries.

Taste is eloquent in its simplicity. Honey. The beer claims to be nothing but a "Bragget Honey Ale" and delivers just that. A very sweet, but delicious bragget-style ale.

Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel. No complaints there. Drinkability may hamper some people's outlook as the beer is very sweet and very boozy. I submit that I will likely be done after drinking this one (4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon).

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught at the brewery.

Pours dark amber with no real head.

Nose is honey and alcohol.

Taste isn't too complex - main components are honey sweetness, balanced by the spicy alcohol and an orangey citrus note underneath. Straightforward, but delicious. Finish is clean, with a bit of alcohol and honey lingering lightly on the palate.

Crisp carbonation paired with a lightly syrupy body.

Really a very enjoyable beer - delicious, and perhaps its simplicity is an asset rather than a hindrance.

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Photo of smurfyou
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the standard 22oz bottle into a snifter. I have no idea how old this is; there is no indication of bottling date that I can find. They claim to age it one year before bottling, and I have cellared it for about a year, so lets call this 2005-2006 vintage.

I had somewhat low expectations for this beer. The breweries products aren't widely distributed in my area and the label seems too ambitious about the contents. I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance was bland. Standard strong ale brown, with little to no head. Or what head did form was quickly dispersed. The smell intrigued me - at first not much; second whiff brought malty alcohol goodness; and the third revealed the honey sweetness as promised. I keep smelling it with every sip, which is a sign of goodness. Taste is the same strong malty alcohol goodness, balanced by the honey and some aged fruit background. Red grapes and plum but not overbearing. Very interesting and inviting. The mouthfeel could be described as below average but I don't expect anything notable in a barleywine (or braggot). I've still rated it low to balance the review. The drinkability is great. I wish I could remember where I bought it so I could pick up a couple more bottles.

This beer is surprisingly good. It does indeed have qualities of both a barleywine and a braggot and I heartily recommend it.

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Photo of everetends
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber I pickedup from Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. I think the bomber was around 7 bucks or so. Served up in a Terrapin snifter. Lets do this.

A: Pours a pretty nice looking dark brown color that really embodies the dark honey I imagine they used. Held to the light it really hold the dark brown color with just a touch of light browns and oranges coming out. The pour brought forth a half finger of clean, white head. The head really didn't have very good retention, falling short and quickly to a thin white ring. The lace is light and heavy, dripping slowly back into the liquid in the glass. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Smell is a bit strange but nice. The first thing that hits you is a nice, light, sweet honey that come forth. Then comes a really nice white wine (chard) scent. Lots of grape sweetness, so it seems. Malts are light and caramel in nature. Very interesting and very intriguing.

T: Taste is a bit light for a braggot. Now I have only had homebrewed braggots in my day, but they had a much more bold honey presence. The honey here is light and not and a bit subdued. There is a sweetness coming through this, but it doesn't seem from the honey. Its more of an artificial or candied sweet. Kind of wierd actually. The malts are biscuity and caramel but they don't stand out as much as the artificial sweetness. The white wine flavor is there as well along with some alcohol.

M: Medium bodied brew with a bit of weight to it. Has a slick feel that has a touch of stickiness to it from the honey. The alcohol is there but not to crazy on the feel. Just a light tingle on the throat. Carbonation is light on this one. Aftertaste is mostly that sweetness flavor with a touch of white wine and honey.

D: Although there are some negatives going on here, this beer has its good points. The look and aroma are quite nice. The more I drink, the more I get used to the sweetness in the flavor. I enjoyed this but this wasn't exactly what I was looking for when I pour a braggot. Maybe my buddies have it all wrong when they brew it, but they tend to get their sweetness from a robust honey flavor rather than what is going on here. Still, no problem clearing this bomber, and I wouldn't mind sharing a bottle of this with someone else in the future. Not bad, Brother Adam.

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Photo of joshsbeerblog
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i held onto this good looking maine beer for a couple of months since i was so excited for it and waiting for a special occassion to drink it. unfortunately, it fell a little short. ruby, translucent in appearance... aroma of sweet honey, grape juice, caramel malts... taste of alcohol, sour liquorice, and a lingering burntness... mouthfeel is quite dry and acidic... overall, a lackluster taste and quite strong. a lot of wine-qualities here.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 2005 bottle aged at and purchased at the brewery in Bar Harbor was opened and sampled by me and a friend on 11/12/08. The liquid was a clear amber color in our glasses with minimal white head. The retention was weak and the lacing spotty, but it was also so old I suppose that was to be expected. The aroma was semi-sweet and complex, various malts and spices along with ripened fruit, sweet esters and honey. The flavors were full of honey, cinnamon, vanilla, oak, apples and a general spiciness along with hints of citrus. The carbonation was soft, the mouthfeel very smooth and slightly oily, the body medium. For nearly 12% (!) the alcohol was well hidden and the experience complex and festive. One of the best of the style I have ever tried and worth aging.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 44F.

Poured clear dark color with moderate off-white head with fair lacing.

Heavy dark honey and spicy aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture.

Medium raw honey spicy sweet flavor with a rich sweet finish of moderate duration.

Pleasing sweet barleywine flavor.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Style number 103 of 103.

Vintage 2006

Poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Brother Adams pours a deep, hazy chestnut with a rocky white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet honey with just a bit of vanilla, and some definite notes of fusels as it warms. The flavor is big and boozy. There is a nice base sweetness that I'm guessing comes from all the honey that's used in its production. There are also notes of vanilla, dark fruits, and a bit of green apple. The one negative in the beer is that the 11.8% ABV really shows through. It's really boozy. The mouthfeel is a bit different then anything else I've had the pleasure of trying. It has an understated creaminess about it. Full bodied and creamy. This is a really good beer. I wish I had bought another bottle to let it sit for a couple more years and see what would happen to it.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: First time trying this style.

22oz bomber into 25oz snifter.

Opaque and cloudy mahogany hue with a one finger stone khaki head that slowly settles to a thick bubbly rim along the glass.

A mix of honey, fruit, and alcohol. Slightly tart.

They honey is both hidden and obvious at the same time. A lot of fruit flavor, like plum, is mixed in. The alcohol is well perceived - very warming. Full bodied, slightly acidic.

Somewhat of a tough beer to drink. Both sweet and sour at the same time, with a lot of alcohol in each sip. The bottle recommends sipping the beer, and so do I. Best served in a glass for sipping like a snifter. I'd say try it for yourself.

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Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange copper color with a spotty surface head. After a while all remnants of the head disappear.

Smell: plenty of fruit sweetness, honey, and some floral tones come through the nose.

Taste: big fruit flavors as red grapes, apples, and pears are detectable with some nice honey sweetness. Bitterness is decent along with warming alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the end. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long on the fruity flavors.

Drinkability: a good representation of the style. One bomber bottle is enough for one session though. Worth a try.

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Photo of Goliath
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with no real head on the pour.

The nose is kind of wierd. Honey, sugar, kind of vinous.

The taste is ok, but wierd too. Kind of koolaidish if I can say that. It's sweet, obvious notes of honey, flowers, a bit of alcohol heat, and a pale malt.

Mouth is thin to medium bodied with a low level of crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are decent and unique, but can easily be overwhelming.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle from the very generous purplehops as part of BC2. thanks stan!

22oz bottle topped with golid foil. 2004 vintage. sampled dec 19/08.

pours light brown, crystal clear, with a small dense tan cream coloured head. the head quickly drops to a thin ring and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. honey. toasted multi-grain bread. light alcohol. bit of earthy character. touch of perfumey floral character.

taste is good. alcohol. fairly low bitterness level. honey. floral. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. caramel and toffee. lingering sweetness, but not overpowering. touch of vanilla and raw oak? there's a bit of a fruity component that comes out a little more as it warms - some raisin, touch of orange peel, bit of date.

mouthfeel is good. just above medium carbonation level, but without any sting. nice big body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and enjoyable. this is nicely mellowed out and meshed together and i'm enjoying it more than i do other braggots that i've tried. good stuff.

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Photo of number1bum
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first tried this a year and a half ago, at the brewery while on vacation. Finally getting around to reviewing a bottle of it.

Pours a pretty thick but otherwise clear reddish copper color, with minimal head that quickly disappears. Leaves a rimjob and a splash of lace in the middle but little else.

Smells of sweet honey and is also quite floral, with some spice and a bit of a fruity aroma. Spicing smells similar to a lot of winter warmers, like cinnamon for instance. It's also pretty boozy.

Taste is also sweet and boozy, with honey and caramel the prominent sweet flavors. There is enough hop bitterness and floral, slightly fruity flavor to make this balanced enough to be drinkable. There is some spicing, too, as there was in the smell. Still, it's quite alcoholic and not all that interesting, and it's definitely a slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy, pretty heavy in the mouth actually and the booze makes it a bit hot, but still a pretty smooth feel.

This is my first braggot, and I just don't see it being a style I could get into. I'm not a huge barleywine fan either, but at least they are more interesting and typically hoppier than this. Still, I did find this starting to wear on me a bit - maybe because of the nearly 12% alcohol. It's still a slow sipper, but it's not too bad.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by CrellMoset... thanks, Chris!

A: A somewhat murky brown, a reddish to purple hue. A nice lacing without much sheet over the beer, but it's there.

S: Floral honey and fruitiness. A nice hoppy scent mixed in there. Quite a pleasant, easy going scent, with just the slightest spiciness.

T: Fruity esters... A fruit basket blend. Apple, pear, green grape, Honey sweetness. Herbal hops, and a spicy blend... Some touches of ginger, almost, rather than being peppery? Rather soft.

M + D: Medium, but solid body... Minimal carbonation. Almost going so far as to say none. The alcohol is fairly well hidden... As it warms, the spiciness picks up. Nice stuff.

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Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and clear amberish-orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of honey, toffee, and citrus. Tastes of honey, oranges, very light alcohol, and a little fruity. I did not detect the 11+% alcohol in either the aroma or tastes. Of course this has a sweet honey presence to it.

Notes from 10/20/05

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Photo of nick76
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The aroma has honey with malt and yeast. The appearance is amber/red/brown with a thin head. The flavor is funky up front with a nice aftertaste. The palate is thin. Overall it's interesting but not great. This is a must try because the style is interesting but there are better things to drink out there.

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Photo of mynie
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Make that two reviews in a row how got this from deltatauhobbit. I'm splitting it with a couple of PBR advocates. I told them it was a desert wine and they don't seem to know any better.

Limp pour, I think. I know nothing about this style. It's not ugly but it ain't pretty. Looks like lightly carbonated tea.

Smells the same, actually. Kinda pleasant, not much going on. Especially considering the alcohol content I'm amazed at how little is going on. Light nodes of honey along with a very sweet, smooth malt that reminds me of the malt syrup (like the kind you use for cheap homebrews). Smells almost like Nitrogen, like it came from one of them stout cans.

Tastes good, actually. Not great, but good. Different, that's for sure. It's really strong but it's also not very strong at all. It's like water on the tip of the tongue but it sticks to your throat in a bizarrely pleasant way. The feeling outweighs the flavor, so far as my immediate stock of my senses is concerned. But the flavor, like the feeling, is also very big in spite of being small. It's numbness, like oragel. It's also sweet like honey and malty like syrup. Strange.

What this has taught me is that people back in olden times were pretty messed up. Maybe its perplexing, muted intensity would be better served by letting it age a bit. But whatever. I'm glad I tried it and I'd be willing to try it again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of deltatauhobbit - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and proteus93.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky orange, red, purple, copper amber - very strange hues in this one - with a fast-fading, likely alcohol-retarded white, bubbly head.

Aroma: Honey, berries, grass, like roasty notes, light, floral notes, other fruity esters. Faint spicy alcohol and spicy spiciness.

Taste: Sweet, but the breadyness comes through more than the simple sweetness. There's a present but not strong or overwhelming hop bitterness that is accompanied by some faint grassyness and a light, fruity note that's nice but fairly nondescript. There're also some spicy notes - cinnamon-esque, allspice - that are well-balanced with the rest of the beer. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Not too thick, fairly creamy and even, with a light prickly feel lent either by the spices, the alcohol, the hops, or some combination of the three.

Drinkability: A good beer, and my first braggot - nice one to break in to the style with. Alcohol is prohibitively high enough that one of these is definitely enough, but it was a very enjoyable experience. Great balance of spices, malty tastes, and other fruity notes ... a very complex and interesting brew.

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Photo of brdc
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Medium sized bottle poured into a snifter.

Dark copper in color, it produces minimal off-white head, even with a vigorous pour, and as the beer slowly makes it way down, no lacing is found.
Aroma is difficult to describe, lacking parallel in other beers. The first noticeable smell out of the glass is a brazilian soda made out of guarana (pureza), which is sort of a spiced sweetness. As it warms further, alcohol becomes more and more evident, some liquorice/cognac, but not really a lot of honey.
It is fairly thin on the palate, at least to what I expected (11 + ABV plus honey, I was waiting for something syrupy).
Flavor is also rather limited; feels like a watered down version of a mixture of a barleywine with whisky, some fruitness and warming alcohol, maybe some spices. Very hard to be more descriptive.
I am not impressed, at all, but will keep my second bottle for a couple of years to see if I can get a little more. Right now, a forgettable experience, but I am glad I finally had a chance to taste a braggot.

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Photo of flexabull
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of barleywinebrewer, thanks again!

This is my first braggot.

Pours a dark and clear amber color with a faint white head.

Aromas are sweet, floral, and with a pronounced honey note.

Beer is very full, feels fully carbonated, with a prickly heat to it. Taste is slightly sweet, with a thick honey taste, there are some spicy notes, and a mineral like bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, a really full feeling beer.

Drinkability is good. This is an interesting style. It seems to lack some of the traditional beer flavors that come from malts and hops. This seems more related to a mead than a beer. But it's a tasty beverage, that I am glad I got to try.

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first braggot, so there is nothing to compare it against. Actually, I was led to believe that this was a barley wine or perhaps some type of honied porter given the labeling. The beer pours a deep tawny copper color with minimal head. I dumped the beer into the glass to see if a head would emerge, and not much. There is a thin retention around the rim. The aroma is allspice, honey, alcohol, sweet malt, perhaps a bit of clove.

The taste is quite flat, not overly syrupy, which is a good thing, and a combination of a very strong mead, a barley wine, and a spiced beer. This isn't the most enjoyable or drinkable beer on the rack. The high ABV is quite pronounced from the nose and throughout. The BA descriptor labels this as a medieval concoction, and I guess I can envision it on a cold damp night bedded down in a castle in the northern climes, this stuff would warm the cockles. It would also kill any residual bacteria in the water used to brew it, which was an important consideration then. To modern sensibilities, this is just a really strong, potent, honey barley wine that has a big palate and a throaty burn on the way down. The good news is that it is less cloyingly sweet, and less syrupy than most other barley wines. It is plenty sweet though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a vanishing head.

The smell is of caramel, cheesy mustiness and honey.

The taste is of caramel, cheesy mustiness and honey. Honey doesn't overpower, but appropriately dominates. Dryness balances sweetness, though it remains characteristically sweet.

A bit light, but with a bit of syrupy sweetness.

An interesting one to have as a sweet dessert. Pretty "sippable" for the high abv.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brassy orange with an infusion of cherry. Hmmm, I expected some shade of gold. The ecru colored crown is fizzy, unsticky and not very attractive. It falls to a thin disk in 30 seconds and doesn't look too shabby once it reaches that point. No lace makes it to the sides of the snifter.

The nose doesn't smell like much other than alcohol. That's to be expected given the ABV and the lack of aromatic ingredients. Pale malt never contributes much and the 'very small amount' of Target hops can't be expected to contribute after an estimated two years in the bottle. I would have thought 2000 lbs of wildflower honey would smell like... honey? Warming brings some Cognac-like fusels to the forefront.

I hate like hell to disparage something with such a rich history, especially with such limited experience, but I fail to see the appeal in braggot. A high-ABV ale that tastes like honey would be great, but there isn't much honey flavor to be had. While BABA tastes better than it smells, depth and complexity is in short supply. Not to mention flavor.

Brother Adam's comes across as a light-bodied, pale malty, sparsely hopped American barleywine. The brewery must have thought so too because they put 'Barley Wine Style' on the label. Warming ushers in a little more flavor in the form of light toffee and a boozy fruitiness. It isn't like I need to dig deep to figure out each and every nuance... because there aren't any.

This is definitely one of the lightest high-ABV ales in recent... or not so recent... memory. Here again, I expected something with a little honey-like stickiness. Since what substance starts each mouthful finishes each mouthful, an above average score is warranted.

I'm beginning to feel a bit better about Brother Adam's Bragget Honey Ale as the ounces slip by. Actually, that's probably the 11.8% ABV talking. Another few ounces and I'll be feeling charitably toward everyone and everything. Since this is the highest rated braggot on the site, I guess I'm just not a fan. Thanks Sudsdog.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a beautiful deep amber-orange. An aggressive pour yielded a late forming creamy beige head that was littered with macro-bubbles that soon dispersed to hardly a trace. Visible carbonation was very light, slow and lazy.

S: some spicy dry oranges, honey with some lingering alcohol fusels. The nose was rather light overall.

T: light with some spicy alcohol fusels and spicy oranges. There was some spicy apple cider, pears and honey notes that sweeten things up. Some hot and spicy alcohol is detected and felt on the finish as well some caramel. The finish was dry with some spicy alcohol laced fruit (melons).

M: very light, thin, slick almost watery in nature with a very soft carbonation.

D: Drinkability was ok, a very thin palate and spicy alcohol fusels may hinder things a bit but it does get better deeper into the drink.

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 247 ratings