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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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Braggot Style Ale brewed with Honey, Cacao Nibs, Roasted Chicory, and Fig Puree.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter. This small-batch braggot is the collaborative result of two Ohio craft producers, one North and one South. Throughout history, beekeepers have created new, smaller honey bee colonies from two separate larger colonies with a focus on the queen, the nucleus of the hive. In that same spirit, this Braggot is crafted with rich malts, spices, and fruits to pair with 600 pounds of Ohio wildflower and buckwheat honey that is sure to warm your soul. This is MADCRAFT NUCLEUS.

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3.8
Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Pours dark with a hint of red. The head dissipates from the pour leaving a simple ring of foam that hugs my glass. The aroma is of molasses, pure honey, hints of cocoa, roasted chicory notes, and sweet fruity fig scent. Taste is a blend of chicory, buckwheat honey, and cocoa. That gives a simple bitter taste. It’s rather herbal, tea like. The honey is not as potent as it was in the aroma. The finish has a pleasant lingering taste but is not overbearing. As for the body it was thin and the booze is hidden well. Overall a good mixture of ingredients that really came through. It was a nicely balanced beverage and if you’re a fan of chicory drinks then this is a must try.

3.7
alexsdad06 (10947) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle sampled at home from notes. Pours a dark reddish brown color with no head. The aroma and flavor have sweet honey, dark fruit, raisins, figs, chocolate, caramel, mild spices, interesting enough, sweet honey at all times.

4.1
JStax (7226) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The mead is a dark brown, near black. Good clarity. The aroma has a strong fig character to it with rich, caramel like toffee notes as well. Sweet, but also a bit toasty. Big body. You can tell this braggot has some kick to it. Pretty boozy. Really enjoyed it, but a bottle to myself proved to be too much. This would definitely be good to split a bottle 3-4 ways.

3.9
drfabulous (8673) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2016
500 ml bottle bought in Columbus. Dark cherry pour. Cherry. Chocolate. Honey. Fig. A lot going on here. Really good.

3.9
bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2016
16.9 ounce bottle, bottled August 2015 stated on the label. Served in a MadTree Belgian glass (looks like a tulip), the beer pours very dark brown with some reddish tints. There’s also about an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isn’t much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly sweet, it smells like honey, dark fruit (figs, raisins), and some chocolate. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there’s also some earthiness and sweet spices noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s slick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was good, it’s certainly worth picking up if you’ve never had it before!

3.7
Dogbrick (13993) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2016
This Braggot pours a very dark opaque brown color with some ruby around the edges, and a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a wispy film. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of caramel, honey and fruit. Medium to full-bodied and sweet with flavors of floral honey, toffee, dark fruit and wood. The finish is ripe spiced fruit and honey. Above average overall.

3
kermis (14716) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
Bottle shared at Belgian Chimipalooza, thanks! Brown with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, honey, old fruit. Flavour is heavy sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Brown and ruddy. Full and earthy with a dry finish. Fairly smooth finish. Autumn flavors. Lots of gourd and brown sugar.

3.6
drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2016
Bottle pour opaque black with mahogany hue and zero carbonation. Nose sweet malt, caramel, toffee, honey, red fruit, and hint of chicory. Taste similar to nose with a bit of roasted malt later. Raisin and fig flavors. Honey present throughout.


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