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

very good
244 Ratings
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 indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a dessert wine leaving that familiar sheen on the side of the glass that a strong alcohol or wine leaves. Its a nice whiskey color in the glass with a thin head and medium amounts of carbonation bubbles.

With a ridiculous amount of fermentable sugars coming from a ton of honey it is not surprising that this is a strong beer. It smells very sweet. However its not an overwhelmingly rich beer. Its sweet, yes that can't be argued, but its amazingly balanced. I get hints of vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol for sure and orange. Not sure where the orange comes from, that could just be a flavor I can't distinguish.

I really like this beer. I was hesitant to pick this up for a long time because I didn't know much about it. I'm glad I looked into it and grabbed a bottle since it was a worthy investment and a real treat. This is a sipping beer. If I had a fireplace and a comfortable chair I would be all set!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a head that comes and goes, leaving a foamy ringlet for a while; dots of foam splash around the chalice

Smell: Fusel alcohol, with a distinct fermented honey aroma dominates; some caramel and vanilla in there as well

Taste: The opening flavor is like toast spread with honey followed by golden raisin intensity by mid-palate; after the swallow, the booziness builds and explores various malt and fruit flavors, such as cherry and pear; the finish is long and sweet toffee

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual brew that is an enjoyable sipper; kudos to the brewery for attempting the style

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Photo of DIM
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This is a clear golden amber color. It pours with a smallish white head that fades quickly.

s: Fairly mild nose on this one. Grape juice, cherries, and a bit of honey.

t: Oh, thank god! I tried some mead after I got this bottle and hated it. I've been dreading opening this, but it's quite good. Upfront there are some dark fruits, raisins, cherries and grape juice. There is alcohol and floral honey on the finish.

m: This goes flat too quickly, but it has a nice syrupy quality.

d: Thanks to barleywinebrewer for the chance to try this unique to me beverage. I'll look for more of this style in the future.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from WeisGuy.

A clear ale the color of very old bronze or very dark ruby and cola. Very little head formation.

Smell is a little sweet and strongly fruity. Spicy ethanol scent carries mostly pepper and wood smells and a faint trace of vanilla. Smells quite good.

Starts out sweet and malty with a noticeable bee pollen smell of honey.

Sweet and fruity at the start with some wood and vanilla aftertaste. After a while the taste of bourbon and oak appear making me suspect this was stored in a used whiskey barrel for some amount of time. Melon, brown sugar, figs, oak and a faint lemon trace. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is average to light.

Quite a tasty mix of ale/mead and one that leverages the strength of each without the negatives. Tasty and super smooth, send me some more!

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

Pale amber pour with a sizzling white head that disappears very quickly, leaving no lace.

Aroma is a mix of subdued honey, toasty bread malts, and some mild fruitiness. All covered by a blanket of boozy rum notes.

Flavor is not as sweet as I thought, but there is a dominant sense of the honey. Some caramel toast, mild tropical and orchard fruit, and a mildly hopped finish with faint floral notes. Again the alcohol is hot and warming, does this age?

Body is near medium, with a slick mouthfeel and very light carbonation. A decent brew but probably not worth the price.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey/amber color with minimal head, a good flow for this beer with a little bit of legs, not much lacing.

Smell is sweet, can easily make out the honey, some other spiciness as well but can't make out exactly what.

Taste has a predominant malty feel with the honey really coming through. Not much hop bitterness to balance out it out, although I was expecting it to be more sweet than it was.

This beer is certainly a sipper as you can easily feel the alcohol taste in your mouth. It's a style that isn't done very often, but I'm glad that Atlantic does it right.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of braggot in particular (and mead). This cellared version, I do not have a year bottled, poured a medium yellow honey mixture with lots of foam and lacing. Malty and also barleywine aroma(when the head settles) aroma, creamy to the tongue though tingling it. Smooth drinking though nothing exceptional in taste, tastes akin a lager. Honey on palate in aftertaste.

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

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a clean/clear golden mahongy color, not much carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, which left some oil slicks behind. The nose is malty, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, some spicyness, and caramel. The alcohol is present in this one. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad BW at that, a little different take on one though, but pretty tasty, recommended.

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

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in an oversized wine glass.

Dull, rustic amber with a distinct haze. Faint, creamy white head that moves to the sides after a moment, leaving a delicate pattern of film. Thinly spotted lacing with decent strength.

Sweet honey; mild vanilla whaffs. Ripe, vinous fruit: cherry, grape, apple cut by a swarming brandy-like alcohol presence.

Warming honey flavor without the intense honey-sweetness. Tropical fruit: melon, honeydew with a strong alcohol character; almost like a tropical rum. Dry in the finish; musty, toasted malts with hints of oak.

A full, medium in body; remarkably smooth and warming. Almost syrupy, with minor carbonation.

A creamy, slow sipping Bragget too mild in flavor to go back to, but by no means unpleasant.

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Photo of Truh
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was asked to take a vow of celibacy with this one on 7/7/2007. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in an Allagash goblet.

Dancing and jumping bubbles cut to the quick and evaporate in a fire drill towards the sides. Little to no stick happening. Medium amber hue with a touch of haze, golden at the edges, and some very lazy carbonation doing the over the river and through the woods. Tangy taffy, cherry flavor, on the nose, with some great clover honey sweetness and a tight alcohol heat. Very sweet on the tongue, as expected for the style, with some spruce tips, a dash of garlic powder, fresh honey comb, and a tweaking alcohol spice of dark rum. Fairly drinkable despite its abv, though I am not sure my palate could take more than one of these due to its huge flavor.

Having just recovered from a nice summer flu, I felt it was appropriate to cut through the residual haze with this. Tried this for the first time on a memorable ski trip many years ago while also drinking bombers of hand-labeled DFH 90 Minute.

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

Well this has been sitting in the closet forever. I have really been dipping into the stas so to speak lately and this one is definatly no execption. I got this from barleywinebrewer back in the first barley wine BIF in January and had been saving it for a special occasion that never came, so I went for it tonight. Poured a very clear, honey colored amber with no head and no lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up in bubles from the glass throughout the session. The color on this was simply gourgeous, I had not seen anything this shade before, quite stunning actually.

The smell was strong with alcohol straight from the start. Once you got past that, there were very subtle honey aromas and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. A nice bready grain presence as well as grapes, pears, and a bit of fig could be detected, again though, lots of alcohol on the nose right from the start. The first impression of the taste was hot damn this is strong! No hiding of the 12% ABV on this one, hits you right from the start. Very hot feel, not alot of carbonation in this. It is smooth in the same way a good wine is. Had a definate mead like feel and taste about it. Flavors were were overshadowed a bit by the alcohol. which you really needed to fight your way through. I could detect the ever so slight hint of honey, and alot of the grape flavor in it. Hints of peaches or pears could be detected as well as alot of winter like spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A very complex flacor profile for sure on this.

Overall this had to be one of the most interesting brews I have ever tried. Came off to me more of a spiced wine then a beer, but it was unique for sure. A bit hot and full of alcohol, but ot had a presence and a flavor that I had not expierence before, and I always appreciate that. Overall I would put this down as one you should definatly give a try to. It was original and worth a look.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.77/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Perfectly chestnut with some chill haze. Head is a the color of newsprint and falling fast, leaving just a wash across the top and a ring around the glass.

S: White raisins, sour honey, strawberry jam, tea and violet.

T: Begins with flavors of dandelion milk, clover and some honey suckle. Then the beer gets odd…the flavor turns to what I can only describe as iced tea spiked with bourbon with hints of artificial sweetner. The alcohol is brutal…its so friggin strong its like taking shots of rubbing alcohol. After the swallow, the flavor of saccharin camps at the back of the throat. I can’t drink another sip.

M: Medium body, syrupy with fluffy aspects.

D: This beer is WAY HOT. They say it can age for years and I believe it. I would recommend all potential drinkers to store this one away for years to let it mellow. The alcohol flavors were way to rambunctious and need to chill the hell out. I hate to give this beer a bad review since I know with some years under its belt it could be something special…but in its current state its not.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark honey, coppery with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Smells of honey upfront, slight spicyness, slight caramel, maybe a little orange blossom.
Taste does not disappoint. The honey comes through quickly, leaves a nice malty taste in the throat, earthy, musky, and complex. The alcohol is very well hidden, though my brain found it long after my taste buds. There's almost an astringent dryness in the finish that leaves you wanting more.
Not a bad brew. I paid $8.99 for a 22oz and might be tempted to buy another. It doesn't make the taste buds scream, "Wow", but it really is very nice.

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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 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 msolar
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bottle was labeled slightly differently, as “Brother Adam’s Bragget Honey Ale”.

I like the Atlantic Brewing Company; their Summer Ale is a solid beer. The Honey Ale was decent, although nothing special. The biggest notable was the $11.55 price tag for the 1 pint 6oz bottle at a reputable store. With Berkshire Brewing Company’s 1 pints going for $3.25, this was certainly an expensive beer.

That being said, it’s a great looking, sweet and unique tasting beer. I would certainly buy it again if the price came down quite significantly, but at this price there are a lot of other beers I would suggest in advance.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for about 6 months. Presentation was my trusted oversized snifter which took the entire 22oz in one pour.

A beauty to look at, just the prettiest warm orangish-red brassy amber, a perfect sunset with a nice clarity. Head was a solid finger of mixed dull almondesque foam that danced on the initail carbonation surge cascading up the snifter's sides but faded, as did the head within minutes, leaving a trace film. Were it not for the head fading so fast would easily be a 4.5 for Appearance.

Nose is full of burnt sugars, dried fruits (currant, raisin, even cherry), some peatiness like spirits as well as the warming tingle of alcohol, even some soft malts and a hint of spiciness and some pepper. Very nice.

Its even initially. Some syrupy sweetness, malts, a little fruited, more bittersweet sugars as it warms, then it just takes off. The alcohol rises from a murmur to a crescendo, my mouth is alive with warmth, the sugars sharpen, the thickness of the brew concentrates all its properties into a surge of syrupy lusciousness, yet a nice crispness (hops?) counterbalances all of this fury. As I swallow it fades into a bittersweet memory, a little thick, syrupy, a lovely warm echo of 12% ABV just gone by that coats the mouth but yet is not filmy or certainly not unpleasant.

A very interesting beer, and in that only 16 are listed on BA as of this review an incredible rare genre. It seems most beers start strong and finish weak, watery, but this one whispers as it enters and roars as it leaves. One of the best finishing beers I've had in a very long time.

You can't drink this fast , nor should you. Its a beer to be sipped, savored, allowed to warm and change. I love the way this feels on the throat, and its a perfect cold weather brew for that and the high ABV, which aside from the warmth and some on the nose is very well masked.

While the initial mouthfeel is nothing extraordinary, its that soft entrance that makes the finish so luscious. I would definitely recommend this to anyone lucky enough to sample it, and this will not be the last one I have. It has a place in my cool/cold weather collection from now on. If you enjoy the wonderful aftertaste of a good barreled spirit as well as the tingle on the teeth I would definitely try to get some of this to sip and enjoy.

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

Rust in color...less than 1/4 finger of white head. Some web-like lacing and the foam fades before my eyes in seconds.
Inticing in the nose. Cherries, raw honey, bananas...strikingly sweet up front.
Taste is where this one really shines...candied sugar, honey, rum soaked raisins, oak and some spicy hop finish drying up the back end.
Mouthfeel is thin, yet has a syrupy feel to keep the mouthfeel right for the style.
Pretty dangerous at almost 12%...a definite sipper, but you need to remind yourself to do so for most of the bomber.

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Photo of ampzilla
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pair of bombers in Bar Harbor last October. One for now, one for latter. This is the first bottle.
First thing noticed after peeling back the gold foil, and uncapping to whisper, was a bottled filled to less than an inch to the lip. More for me I guess.
Poured with moderate vigor, just enough to coax a small head sitting on top of burnt ruby braggot.
The initial smell was strong of alcohol followed by sweet honey and spices.
Not as sweet as expected, as the honey is well balanced by malt and spice.
Thick enough to coat the tongue slightly though does not stick to the lips.
One bomber is probably too much for one person in one sitting, but I had fun doing it.
Though it was removed from the fridge over an hour prior to serving, it did not begin to reach its stride until after two hours.
I would like to let this sit for a few more years before I open the second bottle.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with almost no head and with no lace, but a nice copper color.

The aroma starts wiith sweet honey, followed by malt and a trace of hops and finally an astringent almost medicinal mead finish.

The taste starts with a medicinal bitterness, then hops and evergreen followed by a late honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and a little sticky.

Interesting, and drinkable- just not all the time. My first braggot, and this one is more complex and less sweet than I expected. I'm definitely ready to try another.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first ever taste of a Braggot, and considering the rarity of the style, who knows when I’ll come across another. The label also calls it barley wine style ale, so at least it has some peers in that category. The look was clear, reddish amber, and lightly carbonated, which was pretty similar to most barleywines. The aroma was deeply fruity and very intoxicating. The presence of the honey was clearly apparent with each deep breath. The taste was quite sweet and winey and the first sip had me worried if I was going to like this. As I got used to the sweetness, the caramelized, spicy, and slightly sour underlying flavors revealed themselves. The hops were not always apparent as their wispy citric dryness was easy to miss. What surprised me was the rather modest level of alcohol burn. I was anticipating a big bruiser with the 11.5% posted ABV, but this was more of a gentle giant. The sweet flavor did however make this only suitable for sipping. A little thin on the palette, but that is understandable, since honey used was likely all eaten up, and proportional to volume the grain bill was rather small. Quite a satisfying drink, and I’m going to have to cellar some to see how time can add maturity.

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

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle. There's a bit of history about the style and no freshness date (not that it matters at this kind of strength).

Pours clear burnished oak with minimal carbonation and head, as you'd expect. The beer smells slightly smoky, full of sweet honey, raisins, and spiced cookie dough. Initial honey and raisin flavors give way to an almond-spiced dough center. The finish is big and rounded, full of stingingly strong spicy alcohol. Syrupy body with gentle carbonation. Becomes more viscous as it warms. Very nice accompanied with panettone (Italian Christmas bread) on a long cold winter night.

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Photo of dherling
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a semi-clear reddish brown with a thin tight head that dissapeared after a minute or so. The nose was at first reminiscent of a garbage heap, there's alcohol and malt and some honey astringency, but it's hard getting past the fecal notes of rotting refuge. The taste is worlds more pleasent than the nose. There's malt and honey sweetness, some slightly rotting apple type bitterness, oh lordy, why do I sort of actually like this? I need to stop now.

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

This was an interesting beer, clearn amber with a head less than half a finger.

Aroma was sweet, definite honey with a hint of vanilla, and an understated malt backbone underneath.

Taste was very dry, sweet and slightly medicinal, with spices, vanilla, and oak notes evident. It was warming on the swallow, but alcohol was not evident in the taste. It was not very inspiring though. It kind of grew on me, but never became something to write home about.

Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would have expected with something brewed with that much honey.

Drinkability... it went down easily, but with coaxing, since as I said the taste was not inspiring.

At $11.99 for a single bottle, I am glad that I have tried it to have sampled the style, but I do not think I will take them up on their suggestion to allow one to age and build in complexity. It would have to develop a LOT to make that worthwhile for me.

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Photo of mcallister
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very clean and clear. Shade of mahagony with hints of red. Head is seperated and very small. No lacing.

Not alot going on in the nose. Honey, malt, and some gingerbread. Not much depth.

Very simple and lacking complexity. Alcohol shines through. Hints of honey suckle, brown sugar, maple, and a dry malt. Would like to try this with a few years of bottle age.

Mouth is thin and weak, not sure I can finish the bomber.

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.88 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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