maximum12 (32) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Thanks to splax23 for this brew in a fall-time trade. As usual, didn’t realize this was an ABV-killer until after popping the top, but hey, oh well.
Pour is black, with a head that wouldn’t even warrant a comb-over, & vanishes almost as it appears. Metric ton of sweetness in the nose, & no end to the burnt honey. Nose-curling booze.
Imperial Bourbon Barrel Braggot is a sticky sweet, crap-your-pants, alcoholic bomb. But instead of stinging, it’s syrupy alcohol, like a overly rich brandy, though that’s not quite right either. But pretty close. Massive dose of dark honey, of course. Knowing all the types of flavors that can be imparted to honey by the pollen the bees are feeding on, I wish I could pick that out, because it tastes familiar. Strong vanilla character standing in for the barrel, I presume. Caramel & toffee underneath the riot. Wildly sticky & gummy in the mouth. So good that one twelve ounce bottle didn’t seem enough at first, but as I dig deeper, well, it might just be. I’m almost full already.
Insane beer. Of the braggots I’ve tasted, this one is a category-killer, just complex & delicious, the one I’ve been looking for. Simply incredible. jtclockwork (17264) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Pours black. Nose/taste of honey, chocolate covered raisins, dark fruit, bourbon, oak and roasted bitter chocolate. Medium body. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2011
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, dense black color with still head, great waffles and drawn butter, toffee, malty flavor and aroma with some slight sour in there phaleslu (10668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
12 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks a ton, Blake! 2011 vintage. Pours a deep, inky dark brown with no head or visible carbonation. Aroma of honey, dried dark fruits, bourbon, oak, and tannins. The flavor follows the same notes, with a slight hint of dark fruit acidity. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. I’d put this up with some of the classic Polish meads. Loved it. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black with no head and almost no carbonation. Aroma is bourbon, burnt honey, figs, and toffee. Taste is super sweet...diabetes in a bottle. Lots of fig and honey and a nice smokiness/maltiness in there too. Wow, it is sweet.
50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with no head. Bourbon, coconut, and honey aromas. Honey and raspberry flavors with a roasted malt finish. Impressive.. Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
Absolutely inspiring delicious braggot, a great mead. Black bodied, roast and wine aroma. A great drinker despite the alcohol. Some raison. Thanks for sharing Tim. Vells (1938) - Rīga, LATVIA - DEC 22, 2013
Hmm.. actually this reminds me of something between Brewdogs AB:14 and de Molens Bommen & Granaten. Quite intense honey, thou its nicely balanced with notes of bourbon. Quite sweet, but not over sweetened. Some spices in palce of hops, bit fruity and some vanilla in finish.
Very nice interesting brew. Even my parents loved it - and they give beer hard time sarro (134) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 On tap 4 oz sampler for Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Smells of super rich malt, sweet bourbon, wood, and floral honey. Pours without head and a solid black. The brewer/blender/bottler mentioned the stout blended with the mead was 3+ years old. Taste is very caramel malt forward with layers of sweet mead and bourbon barrel notes along with a bit of oxidation. Drinks very nicely, but a 12 oz bottle could probably go a long way between friends.