crossovert (13947) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2017
355ml bottle. From the mix 6er at liquor barn. Hazed burnt gold. Aroma is oxidized malt golden raisin mead. Flavor is sweet, boozy, still hops. If you called it a rare barleywine and gave it to a severe beer hinter nerd it would be up their alley. PhillyBeer2112 (2896) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Well this is quite nice (and the RB categorization as a mead is about as far off-base as can be). Without the braggot label, I’d believe it if you said it was an Old Ale. Nose is first fruity: figgy, alefruit, persimmon, a hint of acetone (perhaps the honey part coming through). Flavor not overly sweet (assuming its unhopped), it is more dark pitted fruit, a hint of honey, some tobacco or herbal notes. Semi-sweet finish, not sure how they managed to balance it out, but it worked. Braggot in name, Old Ale or maybe barleywine in character. A little dull in the glass, brownish, low carbonation, virtually no head. edit: after submitting I noticed some early ratings had this marked fairly low. I’m assuming there was just one release from 2014 - hence I suspect there is an aging effect happening on this one. While I had the hint of acetone in the nose at first pour, early ratings are noting the stronger boozy rocket fuel elements. I think 3 years has possibly done this a huge favor. My feeling is it could stand up to at least another 3 years. Look for it. superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/7/2014. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around that glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big honey, caramel, brown sugar, lemon, orange, golden raisin, apricot, wood, pepper, clove, lightly toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of honey, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. A bit of booze in the aromas as it warms. Flavors of big honey, caramel, brown sugar, lemon, orange, golden raisin, apricot, wood, pepper, clove, lightly toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, caramel, brown sugar, lemon, orange, golden raisin, apricot, wood, pepper, clove, lightly toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of honey, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and lightly sticky/syrupy/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild warmth lingering after the finish, with minimal booziness. Overall this is a very nice Braggot. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of honey, bready malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Seems to be a fairly simple approach on the style. Not much malt complexity; but very well balanced with honey, hops, and yeast notes. Like a cross between blonde barleywine and mead. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2016
12 ounce bottle from the brewery, 9/3/16. Hazy dark brown, thin fizzy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of honey and toasted malt. The taste is honey, raisin, toasted malts, citrus. Medium bodied, rich, mild heat. Solid.
IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 22, 2015
12 oz bottle from Ratman. Nose is honeycomb, earth, and a hint of molasses. Hazy orange with a medium off white head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, with a caramel malty backbone.
Ratman197 (15376) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness, honey and yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, honey, light earthiness and light yeast with a smooth lingering caramel finish. FROTHINGSLOSH (8150) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-caramel color with a medium sized foamy orange-white head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was tart, mlaty, golden fruits, toffee, sweet, honey and a touch medicinal. The flavor was tangy and sweet, honey, citrus, ginger, toffee and a medicinal presence that grew. Medium finish. Medium body. Disappointing. JStax (7186) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle sample. The mead is a clear, light gold color. The aroma has strong marker and paper qualities. The taste is wierd, papery bitterness and harsh alcohol. Unpleasant to drink. PartyFowle (954) - - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle. Light amber, very clear. Nearly no head. Aroma is honey, overripe orange, warm alcohol, sherry, citrusy hops, some biscuit character. Leans sweet. Flavor is very medicinal, like Bandaida. Also getting some fried dough, a little honey, citrusy hops and toastiness before a massive Bandaid-y finish. Blech.
jbruner (5292) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours a clear golden orange from the bottle with minimal head or lace. Aroma of big sweetness over honey. Taste follows, awesome sweetness, but not crazy, booze is well hidden. Decent.