tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Kuhnhenn: 2013 vintage. Pours a dingy shade of brown with hints of ruby. Decent clarity overall, given the deep hue of the brew. Small, bubbly, gray & beige tinted foam barely blankets the top. Aroma has lots of stuff going on. Fruity esters, spicy Belgian yeast, Bubble-Yum, earthy staunch, white pepper, mild clove, a touch of musky, damp woodiness, faint citrus... Orange zest maybe? First sip has some alcohol heat to it. But still quite tame considering the 16% ABV listing. Notes of light citrus spritz, alcohol, honey, heavy esters, clove, rotten banana, toasted bread, thick mouth coating of yeast. More subtle hints of mint, plums, musty hops, herbal tea leaves, plums, & sherry coated black cherries arise as the braggot warms up. Dense, fairly heavy mouth feel with medium carbonation. Itís a boozy & malty slow sipper, but a pretty good one at that.
Marduk (3089) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Slightly hazy deep brown color. No head. Sweet, malty, raisins, caramel in aroma. Malty, raisins, honey, sweet, roast, prunes, woody in taste. Liquid honey silkyness in aftertaste.
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Cap didnít look properly closed. Opened with barely a pfft, then again, if this is a mead there wonít be any carbonation. Aroma is a pleasant sweet honey, but also has an over-aged papery barley wine aspect to it too. Deep reddy orange, flat and glassy. In the mouth itís flat and very sweet. Thereís some oxidised toffee-like malts, papery. Tons of sugar and honey. A bit messy. Not sure what a braggot should taste like, if this is a good example, then itís an interesting style, but I prefer both barley wines and miod. Was it spoilt by an imperfect seal on the cap? Either way, itís massively improved by a little splash of Old Monk rum - much more piratey!
zenkis (614) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011th crafted bottle,
Pours more reddish that coppery with no top and no lasing. Aroma - first impression was like raspberry, caramel-candy malty quadrupel, no honey to me actually but maybe itís just in my region there is no such wild or a special type of honey. It wasnít sugary at all to me. Flavour of course is sweet as ... very sweet, pungent on nose and astringent to tongue, alcohol is well hidden to me, very smooth, velvety palette, thick texture and average to full bodied, no to light dry finish. Very sweet fruit overall, indeed I feel that scotch ale as backbone. Quite sipping sample except you must share it with someone cause at the end of the 330ml bottle it becomes too annoying sweet.
TBone (13118) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber color, small steady beige head. Green apple in the nose. Medium-bodied. Green apple, alcohol, not so much mead hear, more like malt liquerish feeling.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Erzbierschof, Bern
Dark mahogany color, small head. Itís a malty and caramelly brew, dry aroma and moderately sweet flavor, with an impression of oxidisation, nutty, and with ordinary bitterness.
Leighton (12200) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 2. Pours clear, copper-gold with a fine, khaki head. Honey and alcohol in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor with moderate honey character, some leaves and dry bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with moderate alcohol notes, sticky sugars, rich honey. Robust, tasty.
Drake (9251) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Winter Solstice 12 ounce bottle courtesy of mikem409. Thanks! Who the hell puts a 16% mead in a 12 ounce bottle. Damn! Pours a hazy mild brown color with fine floating particles. Moderate legs and a weak attempt at a collar of head. Aroma of big toasted malts, caramel, honey. The taste is strong honey, citrus, dates, raisins, sugared fruits, caramel. Medium bodied, faint carbonation and definite presence of alcohol but it doesnít come across as terribly boozy, which is a bit scary. This is very, very nice.
BRW (1178) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Pours Brown-reddish colour with small white head. Honey, caramel, malt and dark fruits aroma. Honey, malt, caramel, spiced taste. Medium to full body.
AndySnow (4156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: BeerTemple, Amsterdam.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Honey, malt, caramel, fruit, alcohol.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet honey, sweet malt, alcohol, some caramel.