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Brewed by Purrumbete Brewing
Style: Mead
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 411   ABV: 13.7%
First make a strong mead from a wild and intense honey, in this case 100% buckwheat honey, which is pretty full on! Then make a strong ale, with lots of complex malt character, and blend the two = braggot!
This is our second Braggot that we have ever made, following on from Ugly Duckling Braggot, and in some ways its uglier, and in other ways more beautiful. Would any other brewery in the world be brave enough to release this braggot - we dare!
Would we release an ale that wasn’t amazing, challenging or delicious.. no!
Buckwheat honey has a beautiful, amber colour, smooth texture, drop dead gorgeous flavour, and a curiously aromatic, pony like, leathery aroma. It stays in the finished mead, and so too this Braggot, and might be a tad unsettling for those that have never ridden before. However, if we can love a horse called Black Caviar, then we can love a Braggot called Smells Like A Pony.
Ride the pony!

gam's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, - OCT 4, 2012
Murky dark brown pour no head mild carbonation aromas sweet honey freshness of buckwheat woodinesss the flavours honey sweet buckwheat sharpness sour note mild light vinegar funky barn note very tasty braggot to drink the finish best aftertastes barnyard leathery note buckwheat honey light sour note dry finish very nice to drink

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShaneJ (822) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Deep amber/brown, quickly diminishing thin head, sweet honey, earthy, slightly spicy, does smell a bit "horsey", heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Not my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2895) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
Cellar temperature and into a chalice. Uninspiring pour and honestly insipid in the glass. No head, little carbonation and a murky amber chestnut in colour. Complex nose is underlyingly woody, earthy, ’forest floor’ and smothered with hints of fresh cinnamon quills, cocoa powder, blackwood honey, spicy buckwheat and a touch of rich, red leather. Wow, what a contrast this is flavourwise. Puckeringly sour, vinous and just a little acetically vinegary - and wow too many words adjectively ending in ’-y’. Tight acetaldhyde note on the sides of the tongue is sharp, dry; the body less than that of water gaining it a wine-like stylismo. Backend is rough and musty hinting at topsoil and dust bunnies. Warming in the finish but lacking in depth. Just didn’t follow this at all. I love a well made Bragget, but this was in a world alone. (33cL no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (5152) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2012
330ml bottle. Murky and dark like a Scottish bog it with a much better aroma. Light loose ring of foam clings to the edge of the glass. Sweet, sour and tart aroma with a flavour that is unusual. Good mouthfeel with an aftertaste of almonds?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3503) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle. Clear darkish amber with a lasting white coat. Aroma is vinous with interesting, vaguely medicinal honey. The aroma doesn’t really signal the power of the honey which dominates initially. There’s only a breath of sweetness, then is leathery, floral and spicy. There’s some light roasty almost coffee-like malt flavours underneath too and after that first wallop of honey the white grapey flavours come though again. Low carbonation. Interesting texture - silky, surprisingly light-bodied and there’s no overt alcohol at all, but it somehow feels every bit of its 13.7%. Didn’t like this as much as some of the other recent releases - the honey is very full on relative to the beer - but again it’s striking how "finished" these one-offs seem to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle from Swords. Original, interesting, nice balance. Aromas of brandy, caramel, and cheese. Taste is sweet, with sour notes, long length. Palate is syrupy and full bodied. Dark brown, cloudy, thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2773) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 Pours coppery brown with almost no head. Nose shows wild untreated honey and little else. Maybe some musty notes too I suppose. Some of the honey is present as a flavour too, along with the musty character. Some alcohol is there, but it’s kept well-integrated. A faint white wine character shows through too. Needs more carbonation. Not sure I’d want this again but worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 25, 2012
Pours brown nil significant head but plenty of bubbles at 1st that cling to the glass, slowly they disappear and the beverage is left looking slightly flat. Funky aroma at 1st followed by an interesting thin but surprisingly refreshing and light beverage. Somehow it does remind me of horses, hay and stables. The honey contributes a different flavor and leaves a lasting after taste but I really enjoyed it. May be one I would not go out of my way to try again but good as a one off.

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