estover (41) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderfully tasty beverage. A touch sweet upfront. Malty finish with a smooth craziness in between.
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merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
S: Honey, Raisins, Mild Sweet Malts
T: Honey, Sweet Bread, Mild Raisins
M: Average Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet
Overall, a nice easy drinking Braggot that wasnít too sweet or sugary. Honey flavor seemed pretty genuine.
Smurf2055 (1052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber no head.
Smell huge honey stick.
Taste sweet honey and a bit of red fruit.
Sweet but drinkable. ABV well hidden.
msnelling09 (67) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a dark, murky, amber brown, like honey muddled with mud and water. The beer pours with a thin ring of bubbles that fizzle away and appear almost soda-like in quality. The beerís body is murky, like fresh honey. The other side of the glass is indiscernible through the haze, but some light does travel through the beer. It leaves a thin set of legs on the glass when it washes up against the sides. On the nose, the beer smells richly of fresh, wildflower honey. Sticky and rich on the nose, the honey muddles with thick caramel malts, similar to Long Trailís Triple Bag. Maple syrup, honey, toffee, and even some chocolate fudge touch upon the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sticky sweet but a little too bitter, with a bit of a bite on the middle of the palate. Hot booze tingles as the beer travels down the throat, and the finish is a little dry for what I want with just a touch of boozy sweet. On the tongue, the beer is on the heavy side of medium, practically heavy, with a chewy, slightly rough mouthfeel and faint carbonation. The beer bites at the tongue, oddly enough, which takes away from the rich, honeyed flavors that the beer should possess. It does, however, gel on the back of the tongue with some syrupy goodness. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet caramel barley, which turns into fiery alcohol with some interesting spice character and a touch of woodiness on the middle of the palate. The finish is hot and cloying with fusel notes. Touches of stone fruit and raisins can briefly be felt on the tongue, but really this beer is all about the hot booze on the finish. The aftertaste finally brings hints of sticky sweet honey to the tongue, where it creates a pool of saliva. As the beer warms it mellows some of its rougher edges, but still hits the palate with too much booze and not enough honey character. Overall, this beer is lacking in sweet, soft honey flavors that I want from it. I want a sticky thick beer but this just doesnít quite deliver for me. The smell is rich with honey character but I get none in the taste. I suspect that with time in a cellar, this beer will open up into a rich and unique dessert beer, but itís a bit of a hot mess fresh. Complexity in this beer opens up the warmer it is, but it still is a muddled mess on the palate. If you have a bottle, sit on it.
bth122 (1026) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Torpedo bottle. Almost no head. Brownish color. Aroma is lots of honey goodness, and some sugar sweet malt. Medium sweetness. Little carbonation. Warming alcohol. A sipper. Nice honey notes. Interesting.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mainely Meats right next to the brewery. Pours a faintly hazed gold with a thin white to beige head. Big and sweet, soft oxidization, spicy wheat. Long honey sweetness into spicy alcohol. Warm and fairly smooth.
UDBeernut (1245) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from puddintane and his free beer contest. Pours hazy brown, no head. Nose of raisen and honey. Taste is sweet with the elements in the nose, somewhat prominent alchohol burn. Body is full.
ReggieDunlap (2765) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle...Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. Aroma has notable honey...slightly sweet...touch of citrus. Flavor has honey and caramel malt...earthy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is earthy/bitter/honey and very warming.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Pours a ruby brown with a 1 finger, slightly off-white head that sinks into a frothy ring. Leaves thin horizontal lines of lace.
S - Sugary dark fruit dipped into fragrant wild flower honey. Cherries, red apples, and cinnamon spice.
T - Sweet malt blended with a heavy dose of honey. Concentrated cherries. Subtle citrus hops add some bite to round out the sweet malt. It has an woody-oak alcohol flavor. The honey is more pronounced in the nose than in the flavor.
The honey is not shy and works beautifully with the malt. The hops are mellow. The carbonation and spice help with balance.
This seems to be more along the lines of an English Barleywine. A nice slow sipper.
Serving type: bottle
illidurit (1948) - Sonora, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz tasting in January. Iím not getting much of the complexity and depth of the description. Just mountains of honey with a slightly bitter herbal finish.
GarrettB (841) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
December 27th, 2011 - I completely missed the fact that this beer is a marriage between mead and beer, using honey as fermentation fuel, but adding hops and malt to turn this into a hybrid ale. Semi-cloudy and colored like a dark clover honey with a thin, off-white head, this ale presents itself as a honeyed beer or sudsy mead early on. The smell features faint aromas of fig and raisin and touches of honey, but this layered baklava-esque smell is thin and almost imperceptible to my clumsy olfactory. The noseís tempered sweetness returns in the flavor, with a light and ethereal glob of honey, giving this brew a flavor halo resembling a sweet amber ale. Itís not especially exciting, and the aftertaste is short and leaves little motivation to come back for repeated sips and visits, save for the simple barley wine alcohol driven echo. Still, I think Iíd prefer a mead itself, rather than a strange amalgamation.