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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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 167
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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bought at Florian's in Auburn (the penultimate one!) Dark orange-red translucent body with just a film of offwhite head. Smells sweet and malty more than anything else. Tastes sweet and alcoholic. Not really noticing any hops here. Fairly pleasant. Surprisingly drinkable considering the abv. Rather thin bodied though.

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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 weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes 10/20/05...
Appears a glowing, golden orange with a small white head that slowly fades out into a soapy collar. Streaks of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, earthy, mild spices, and sunflower-esque.
Taste is of the same aromas. Sweet, fruity, subtle citrus notes, and a hint of earthy spiciness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, smooth, with an abv presence.

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Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first bragget, but I already like the style. The beer pours a nice solid amber, perfect color for a barleywine. I smell sweet honey, as wells as some very slightly citusy hops and a lot of alcohol. The taste is sweet, as much malt flavor as there is honey. The bitterness is firm but subdued, the beer is nicely aged. The alcohol is definatly there, but not overpowering for a 12% beer. It's sweet, but not too sweet, definitely a sipping beer.

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

Bottle vintage November 2000. From a previous BIF but I gorgot which one. Had this cellared for at least a year.

Pours a reddish hued brown in color. Essentially flat with only a slight ring of foam around the edges of the glass and a thin strip of head where I purposely dropped the end of the bottle into the glass from two feet in the air. Nose is slightly alcohol with a bit of a prune-ish flavor.

Ugh... too easy to drink. I was really fearing this would be too sweet from the honey because I really do not like mead. But not everwhelmingly sweet with a a nice bitterness and alcohol heat bite to it all. Lots of spices too-particularly cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The honey is very mellow and sweet but does not destroy the other flavors goin on in this beer. Some other candy flavors too. Medium mouthfeel that favors a bit toward light.

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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 lordofthewiens
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label makes note of the amount of honey in the beer, and how it might be enjoyed with dessert. I couldn't agree more. It was an amber color with no head to speak of. It had a sweet, grassy odor. The taste was sweet honey with a little hops in there. Felt OK in the mouth, but definitely too sweet for me.

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

Tasted at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston on February 11. The description makes note of the large amount of honey included in the beer.

The color is nearly black. The smell is largely chocolate--milk, that is, very sweet.

The taste is surprisingly dry. I am reminded of brandy. The body is rather thin (expected from a honey beer) and low in carbonation.

This beer is very interesting but two-dimensional. I enjoy the flavor profile, but the depth of the complexity is shallow. Very much worth tasting, but not necessarily for quaffing.

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Photo of DrJay
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004: This poured a clear, dark amber colour with some fine particles in suspension. It had a thin, off-white head with moderate retention and a smattering of lace. Fruity aroma with a hint of banana and an earthy honey smell. Mellow alcohol mixed well with aromas of green grapes and a bit of vanilla. Sweet honey with some vinous alcohol and grape flavour. Rich caramel with vanilla just creeping in towards the end. Plenty of warmth in the finish, but this is very controlled. The body was on the light side and it left the palate quite dry. I quite liked the mixture of characters and was pleasantly surprised by the fruitiness. It's time to try more braggots. Thanks Viggo!

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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 OldSock
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance and Presentation – 22 oz bottle from Tully’s with gold foil around the cap and an aged since 2004 sticker on the neck. The beer is a deep clear brown/orange hue with rapid carbonation. The head is 2 fingers and white at first, but quickly falls to a thin covering

Smell – Slight honey/floral smell, with a light back ground of malt and increasing amounts of alcohol as the drink warms. Hops are completely absent. Nice beer/mead combo, just what I was expecting from my first mead.

Taste – Nice alcohol warming. It is sweet, but not overly sweet like the vast majority of meads that I have had. The flavor is surprisingly subdued, the malt is very subtle, slightly toasted, but mostly just sweetness. The honey comes through as the main flavor, mostly floral. The honey does a good job of drying this beer out, but it could use some more flavor complexity.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full body, the carbonation is mild.

Drinkability and Notes – For a huge beer/mead this was very drinkable, the alcohol is the only real obstacle. The price is reasonable as well, $6.99 for this much honey and malt is not a bad deal at all. I wish there was some spice/herb/fruit added to this for another layer of complexity, but as it is this is a fine Braggot, but nothing that will make your head explode with delight. Glad I bought this a few months ago and saved this for a cool fall night.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first time experiencing a braggot was an enjoyable one. My friend brought this back from Maine for me and I thank her dearly for it. THe bottle had a sticker on it that said "Aged Since 2004".

I drank this one from an oversized snifter. The color was a light copper-orange with almost no head to speak of at all. Slightly fizzy. The aroma had lots of spice, mixed in with some honey and vanilla. The taste really brought out the spiciness of it. It was slightly hot in my mouth, partially due to the high ABV. Reminded me of DFH's Immort Ale in a way, but not as intensely sweet and easier on the palate. This braggot coated the inside of my mouth and definitely has some spice. It really became more complex as it warmed up. Drinkability wasn't bad for the ABV, but this braggot is definitely a sipper. Something to share with a friend.

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

What a wonderful delight this bragget. The deep copper color a few shade shy of brown, little head, nothing lasting with no lacing going down. Smells of orange honey, clover too, a mixture to be sure. The bees work and the yeast leave a high amount of alcohol, slowly fading lurking is the barley malt. Deep deep taste a full rush of complexity, you will need the whole bottle to understand it all fully. The alcohol right up front burns fast through to the honey melting on the tongue, finishes sweet of malt still some honey too. Slightly below room temp is best this bragget has a lot to offer. Pay the man what he wants, even dig deep into your coffer.

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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 bigjohn
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in trade from lostbearbrew, thanks! Aged since November 2000, so its about 5 years old.
Appearance: Dark ruby color pours out, with the faintest head. Nice looking beer, a little trepidation about the lack of head...has it gone flat?
Smell: Honey dominates the smell with a nice sweetness, hard to pick out any particular hop aromas, some spicyness.
Taste: Not flat after all, whew. Sweetness dominates here, as well as a pretty decent alcohol punch. Definitely feel the alcohol. Better as it warms somewhat, I would guess this one is best around 60-65 degrees. The honey is definitely the defining characteristic here, a nice herbal sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, very similar to barleywines.
Drinkability: Very tasty, but its a monster to finish a whole bomber of this. I think it might be better served in a smaller bottle, but thats just me. Certainly not going to have more than one of these, but an enjoyable experience throughout.

Overall: Good brew, unique to me anyway. I do not have any experience with braggot or mead, but I certainly will be on the look out for more since I enjoyed this one.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear medium amber with a low white head which rose only a little and fell fairly quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with caramel most prevalent. Honey aroma, while present, did not dictate the aroma. The aroma was very sweet and also contained a slight spice and a graham/biscuity characteristic.

The flavor was sweet, extremely so. The honey was powerful and present. More of an apertif with hops than a beer if the mouthfeel had been more viscous. The bittering was present and kept the sweetness from becoming overpowering. The flavor contained a strong amount of alcohol and just a subtle spice character that reminded me of cinnamon.

The finish was sweet with a lasting honey impression and caramel and a strong bittering component that increases into the aftertaste as the beer dries out on the palate. The body was almost full, but not viscous. Every other braggot has had less body that this and has been a bit drier. The alcohol was extremely warming and lasting after consumption and the sweetness coupled with that lowers the drinkability.

22 ounce bottle. Aged since 2004 on gold label. $5.99 price tag...thanks charlesw! (Note: charlesw said to age this one, I did not listen, next time I will heed his advice and allow the beer to age a bit more. I'll bet a 5 year old would be a force indeed!)

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Photo of grassrootsVT
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unfiltered 22oz. bottle with a label that states "aged since 2001" which may mean that this batch is a bit different, perhaps, than the "aged since 2000" that other advocated have mentioned.

Stored away in my 52 degree basement for over a year now - this one pours a dark amber/burgundy with just a faint head. The aroma is of sweet alcohol and, if you knew, then you could smell the honey. The taste is wonderful. A perfect balance of honey and bitterness - a much better version of bragget than those that i've tried from other breweries. A 'right on' honey beer with a full body and nice aftertaste. I could sit and drink this one all evening...until i fall over in my chair from the high alcohol content.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

golden sticker indicates aging since 2000. that is one scary looking dude on the front. supposedly a holy man, but looks like OJ on newsweek.

ruby in color, speed-racer carbonation with crusty foam nuggets. ring around the glass and a slight collection of white spots on the beer's roof.

wood, age, oak. sugary honey, vanilla, maple syrup (nose)

drinkable with alcohol, clove.. fig. heavily spiced with a light body and hot hot hot ABV. finishes cleaner than one would be used to with a barleywinish style beer. something i would go out of my way to seek out again.

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

Brother Adam's Bragget Ale
Aged Since 2001

This is one of those beers that I have been really interested in trying for some time now. I was lucky enough to find it at Downeast Beverage in Portland, Maine recently.

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bottle and served in a brandy snifter. I let the beer sit for a few minutes after taking it out of the fridge. There is a nice description on the label about bragget barleywines.

The appearance is a hazy and murky light brown color with burnt orange highlights. Very light head at first that turns into nothing.

Aroma of Juicy Juice, caramel, honey, and fruity esters.

This is one unique and interesting brew. Vanilla and honey sweetness with an earthy, musty presence. Its easy to sense the alcohol warmth this beer has inside you. You can feel it...this beer was brewed to be sipped like a fine wine. This is perfect on a snowy February night like tonight. I like the complexity this beer has to offer. It's not for everyone, but I dig it. Considering this is an 11.8% ABV monster, the drinkability level is pretty darn good.

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

Appearance – This one gave off a quick, dissipating light brown head and sported a brownish body with just the smallest tinge of orange.

Smell – This sweetish beer reminds me of some red wines that I’ve tasted in the Northern Californian grape region, especially during “barrel tasting” time. It is sweet and sugary with some good malty scents and a light, easy alcohol presence.

Taste – This is very similar to red wine. The honey/mead aspect of the beer lends itself more towards the grapes. There’s a nice and easy alcohol flavor that compliments the malts and sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is maybe just a bit bigger than medium-bodied with a strong but very smooth alcohol sensation.

Drinkability – This is an easy-drinking Braggot and the first example that I’ve had. It is oh so tasty and went down extremely well for such a high ABV beer.

Comments – This was a 2001 vintage (according to the cap) that I tasted in early 2005 over at skyhand’s house. What a treat.

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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 AllThingsNinja
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

II served this in the tiny snifter sold at the Atlantic Brewing Company store. The brew didn't for much head, but had a lovely copper color. The aroma offered an interesting blend of wine notes, honey, and tea. The flavors were well balanced between honey sweetness, roasted malt, and tea-like hop bitterness. It was complex, but not exactly, what I was looking for. I did enjoy the full body, and found the brew to be quite drinkable - despite disagreeing with the hop selection.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be prepared for this one.
Pours a rich brown, with an odd look for a beer. Fizzes like a soda and the foam dissipates as fast.
Very sweet, honey/mead scent quite reminiscent of port wine. Quite captivating. Spiced, but nothing stood out.
Taste - this is where to be ready - very similar to tawny port. Very sweet, all malt tones with barely underneath.
Feels thick like a porter but without the bite. Coats the tongue with a sweet finish.
Drinkability - yes...but. This one is great for desert, not so much a dinner beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep and murky, rhurbarb-hued, with a brief, pinkish head, most unusual.
Aroma is heady, complex, cherries, post wine, very barleywine-ish, powerful stuff.
Full-on flavor from the start, rich and fruity, lightly hoppy, dominant malt, very vinous...smooth on tongue, surprisingly, though the booze makes it's presence felt soon enough. Uncompromising, and brimming with character.
Full body, long, rich, fruity finish.
Enjoyed in the company of friends, most impressive..big thanks to bennybrew, heck of a good one, here!

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 245 ratings