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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Braggot is an ancient drink from the depths of tradition and is the perfect holiday treat. A mix of mead and ale, Braggot is filled with the calming flavors of chamomile and honey and soars like a reindeer in flight between clouds of sweet malt and bitter hops.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (642) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
The head builds up to medium size, light foamy toping with a light tan color. It quickly fades out to just a light ring of lace which is slick and slides right down the glass as I drink. The body has a lightly hazy hue with a wonderful golden honey color. The aroma has notes of sweet honey and light malted grain with just a faint touch of citrus. It has a very smooth creamy mouth feel that coats the palate with its sweet honey and malty flavor. Also there is a mild earthy and leafy spicy quality under that big honey and malt sweetness. Carbonation is soft and the body is a solid medium. Its finish is slow and sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1163) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2010
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.”

TASTE

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.

FINISH

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.

BODY

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS


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.

NOTE: Watch the video version of this review here:

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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2009
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2009
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MicroGrog (303) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2009
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RONCOD (216) - Uledi, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Cloudy amber color with a creamy white head. Flowery aroma with a sweet honey taste. I should have bought another one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle from Capone’s, Deep gold pour with nose of honey, florla spice. Tastes sweet, with honey, pale malt, spicy florals. hops. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3436) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 13, 2009
(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.


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