johnnnniee (1955) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Brian.
Light golden color, sweet honey and sweet malty nose, taste borders on cloying. Not the best braggot we had.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Portsmouth during our New England trip. Nose has moderate honey, though not too heavy. Somewhat sweet, though not over the top.
thornecb (4109) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep gold into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Honey and resin aromas. Soft with sweet honey and sour caramel upfront turning to a warming, earthy bitter finish.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dynamite with a laser beam and guaranteed to blow your mind. The Killer Bee pours cloudy light amber and settles dark red with a murky body. Fully diminishing white head with great legs wrapped in glass of a beautiful challis. Packed with a strong fruity and malty aroma, the killer beer is quite pleasant to the nose and inviting to the palate. Initially heavy sweet, settling to moderately sweet with a strong alcohol presence for an average duration. Medium in body with soft carbonation and oily on the palate.
We first tasted this stinger in a 10 beer sampler. We were initially put off by the description of the honey bee provided by our waitress. We were quite surprised when it stood up tall next to most of the other offerings in the sampler, neck to neck with the Abbey Style triple. If you are in the area, you definitely need to stop into the Portsmouth Brewery and challenge the sampler.
Note: We were so impressed with this selection, that after the sampler, we ordered a pint and a growler to take home for our 2 beer guys friends and family to enjoy. The beer was quite similar to the Laughing Laird offering produced by Off Shore Brewing company. Without speaking, we knew that we weren’t going home empty-handed.
Reviewed on December 21st, 2006 during a trip to the Portsmouth Brewery
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draft @ brewpub) Like liquid Caramello...Pours burnt orange with a small biege head. Aroma is sweet flowery honeysuckle, along with caramel and toffee as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, enticing, sort of sticky in finish. Nice rings of lacing. The flavor is honeysuckle, caramel, honey and toffee. Sweet of course but not overly. Alcohol well-hidden. Like a great candy bar. Very much more like a beer than the only other mead I’ve had which was really wine-like. A great beer to cap off a meal with.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a copper-red body with a small soapy white head. Smells vegetal and leafy with brown sugar notes and peat malt. Toasted honey flavour, caramel, and butterscotch in an average heavy body.
probstblueribbon (2705) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at YeHA! 2006 in Montreal. App.: reddish-copper. Aroma: ROOTBEER, vinous, woody, sweet caramel, molasses and dried fruits, licorice. Palate: med. bodied, med. carbonation. Flav.: sweet, diacetyl, candy, bitter, butterscotch and many of the nose characteristics.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear brown body with almost no head. Generic overly sweet butterscotch and caramel mixture with alcohol and bubbles. Drinkable but nothing to braggot about.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Impressions from the YeHa! party:
-There is barely any head to cover the copper caramel gown, but that is to be expected of braggots, methinks.
-A straightforward aroma presents simple honey and profound butterscotch.
-Caramel-laced honey sounds pretty intense on the sweet side of things, doesn’t it?
-Some malty roastiness and pointy alcohol cohesively join the butterscotch decadence.
-It feels like most of the residual sugars came from the honey, and not from the base beer, as the sweetness is very slick and empty compared to the substance and chewiness malts can usually provide.
-This remains quite enjoyable as a novelty item for sweet teeth, and is competently brewed for sure, but I can’t say I’ve fallen in love with any braggot I’ve had, so it may be hard for me to be slightly objective about this.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Actually a braggot, not a mead, but there doesn’t seem to be a category for braggot or even honey ale,unless I missed it. Amazing color for a braggot, deep amber to a hazy copper, as most braggot’s I’ve had in the past alwasy were golden. Obvious use of some caramel malts here as a caramel sweetness comes through in the nose and the flavor. Honey does take the forefront here as it should, it really comes through as it warms. I ordered a snifter then relaized my mistake so I ordered another beer,dinner and waited to drink this for dessert. Rich body,,sweet,syrupy honey character, a little over the top for me, but it went well as a digestif. Very fruity, and malty.