hawthorne00 (2769) - Melbourne, - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 13C. Clear copper with a coat of off-white head. Aroma of dark, sappy honey, earthy yeast, spices. Full-bodied but not syrupy, with lowish carbonation. Powerful honey taste that’s less sweet than it first seems - some singed toffee too - fading into spices, wood and slight astringency. No overt alcohol. Finish goes on forever. Rustic but very well balanced.
ShaneJ (709) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Murky orange/amber, strong sweet honey aroma, slightly fruity, earthy, some yeasty notes. Ok, but not my thing.
Machalel (32) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Murky reddish orange-brown, with a small amount of light-brown coloured head. Almost no lacing down the glass.
Aroma: The first thing that I got was a strong sweet honey smell, quite fresh and almost caramelised. There is a bit of bread and grain as well, with some light hints of tropical fruit. Smells like a nice baked honeycake.
Taste: Big malt hit to begin with, with some honey aftertaste, but nowhere near as sweet as you would expect given the aroma. A little bit woody, some plum, date, fig, apricot tones, and a boozy finish. Carries a bit of bitterness with it after you swallow.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Possibly a little light, but not too bad. Reasonably dry aftertaste.
Overall: I hadn’t had a braggot for many years when I picked this one up, so I was keen to see what it was like. Initially it was slightly dissapointing, however over the course of the glass it got better and better. Not bad, but not one that I would jump to purchase again.
Also note, that this isn’t a ’true’ braggot, it is actually an ale that has been blended with a mead after both have fermented.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Olinda Cellars. Great complex beer. Aromas of caramel and butter. Taste is sweet and sour, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Amber, cloudy, with a frothy head.
mkel07 (4252) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Strong sweet honey aroma fills the nose. Murky amber colour with a thin head that settles quickly. Full in the mouth with some sweetness and the alcohol is not well hidden.
gam (3562) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small white head misty brown pour mild medium carbonation aromas caramel honey very smooth type but rich some nuttiness flavours hint of toffee caramel rich smooth honey very good type clasy tasting treacle taste rich nut strong malt a good mead the finish stylish honey flavour and malt smooth sweetness easy on the palate nice effort by the brewers
Davros (2256) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep copper with a large, lasting creamy head.
Nose shows doughy notes, lots of rich sweet honey, and soft bready and nutty malt. Quite tempting.
More honey as a flavour, along with the accompanying woody/grainy notes you often get in a beer including honey. The alcohol shows, but is just shy of being harsh. Nowhere near as sweet or malty as I would expect for a beer to carry these flavours and alcohol.
Likewise, could use a more syrupy body.