hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Backlog rating 12-11-2008 (Bottle) The appearance is a medium sized off-white fizzy head that quickly dissipated, cloudy body, visible carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is floral, perfume hops, sweet, hints of malt, and honey. The flavor is sweet, honey, some maltiness, and hops. The palate is smooth and this is a medium bodied Mead. Overall, I am not too impressed with the aromas and flavors and would not recommend this one.
Chad9976 (1025) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Mead is a very antique, primitive form of beer you really only hear about in books and movies set in medieval times. But the wise brewers at Magic Hat have decided to update it for modern times in the form of Braggot, a beer that is mead mixed with ale (although the braggot itself is also an old style of beer from what I understand). Still, a tasty beer can transcend time and cultures and that’s exactly what this brew does.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
Braggot poured very smoothly, but was able to form a one-finger, white, foamy head which lasted throughout the life of the drink and left significant lacing on the glass. The body lived up to its reputation, as it resembled the appearance of honey with its hazy, bright amber/light orange body. Carbonation was quite noticeable as well. There wasn’t a potent aroma to speak of, although this beer did have a scent very typical of other Magic Hat beers which I would describe as a “potpourri of sweetness.”
It was clear to me upon my first taste that Braggot was another winner for the Magic Hat brewery. A strong sweet taste saturated my palate which I found quite delicious. Beers by this Vermont-based brewery tend to have a “juicy” taste to them and Braggot was no exception.
Since this is a mead-based brew, I did find honey to be a distinct ingredient. Otherwise, the beer was a bouillabaisse of sorts – combining a taste of sweet fruits (but not citrus) and honey. Magic Hat beers rarely have a traditional “beer taste” and could easily pass for gimmicky alcoholic beverages. However, as I drank more I noticed the beer definitely had some typical beer qualities to its taste and even had a bit of a hop bite to it. This is definitely not an IPA or even a lager, but its beer roots are still in tact.
The only caveat to the taste might be that it’s a little too general and not specific enough. Still, a tasty, sweet palate without distinctiveness is something I can live with.
This beer has a fairly soft mouthfeel, as do most brews in the Magic Hat line. Because Braggot is a stronger brew, there definitely is a noticeable presence to it. Fortunately, it still goes down very easily. Its alcoholic content is more noticeable in the aftertaste.
Most people tend to associate potent beers with having a dark, thick body which makes Braggot something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Just from the appearance, aroma and initial taste, this stuck me as more of a summer beer than a winter brew. However, after only one bottle I knew why it’s more appropriate for the winter months. Such a heavy body with a noticeable alcohol component to the taste makes Braggot much too bulky for casual summer drinking. After only two bottles on a full stomach I could definitely feel the effects of this beer.
I would say Braggot definitely took me by surprise in certain aspects, but it is a tasty, easy to drink beer and that shouldn’t surprise me considering the brewer. I would have liked something either lighter or more spicy but for it is, this is another commendable offering from Magic Hat.
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thedm (4853) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy typically carbonated light orange brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was malty and sweet. The semi-thick mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The strange flavor contained notes of malt hops and sweet. Not one that I would buy again.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
THOUGHTS: I know it is supposed to be a mix of mead and beer, but it just seems like a honey beer. And not a great one at that.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark, yellow with an average to large, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was weak. There was slight honey, tea, fruity and a little floral. And I guess that the odd spice I smelled was chamomile. The initial flavor was sweet and rather acidic while the finish was very acidic and sort of sour with an average duration. There was honey, chamomile, floral hops, slight metallic hops a little fruit and then it all dropped off to just spices at the end. The medium body was extremely dry with tingly carbonation and a heavy astringent and very dry finish.
MicroGrog (302) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle into yet another chipped Allagash tulip. These glasses suck.
I remember having lots of this on tap at one of the past BA fests along with the grapefruit sour which became another Odd Notion as well. Loved them both. Tried that beet juice experiment around the same time. I don’t know why, out of those choices, that crap became a staple.
Anyways, creamy cascade, settling into a couple inches of fluffy, off-white milkshake head. Body is a chill-hazed amber brass.
Smell sucks. Still cold? Yeah. Wait. Plastic, sweat tea, orange, & herbal/radish-y notes. Decent.
Taste is basically cereal grain, newspaper, honey, & bland herbals. Going a little towards nutty. Wow, I didn’t expect it to suck so much in this format. Off the experimental tap I remember it being so much more zestier, citrus & questionably sour, with loads of honey, but also loads of carbonation. Seriously terrible to force people to buy a twelve pack just to try this dumbed down garbage.
Old tap: 4.05
Current bottle: 1.55,
-1 overall score because the eventual bottled product was just so terrible.
RONCOD (205) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color with a creamy white head. Flowery aroma with a sweet honey taste. I should have bought another one.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Apple cider with a thin white head that’s gone in a jiffy. Aroma of honey, perfumed malts, floral hops and chamomile. Starts of floral and herbal with chamomile and perhaps lavender and moves quickly into the honey section of this odd notion experience. Unfortunately it brings along a few warts like oily mouth feel, over carbonation and a bit of corn on the finish.
DocLock (7214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Capone’s, Deep gold pour with nose of honey, florla spice. Tastes sweet, with honey, pale malt, spicy florals. hops. Solid.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Golden color with a puffy white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy with a nice honey note mixing with some bitter hops and some light perfume. Flavor is sweet at the beginning with a good amount of honey and a light mead touch to it. Dry hops and spices go through the middle. An interesting mix, and my first braggot I suppose.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours to a bright brassy body with a nice haze and a tall frothy white head and nice lacing. The aroma has an extremely floral/perfume hop and sweet clover honey. The flavor is quite odd with a ton of perfume hop and clover honey. Very sweet pale malts. The palate is quite sweet and has almost a mead like feel to it. Carbonated up front. Very unimpressive. Now that I know it’s a braggot, that explains everything!