Reviewed 5/12/04: Bottled Nov. 2001 - Jello hazed copper color, a few soapy bubbles appear from the pour and thats about it. No lace.
Sweet inviting nose of soft caramel mixed with a strong bearing of honey and the alcohol vapors are reminiscent of white wine. Some wiffs are stronger then others.
Flavors intermingle between honey and caramel, each sip seems to bring out a little more of one or the other. Quite sweet overall, malty mostly, smooth; honey on top, good medium thickness for its body. Pretty strong wine-like alcoholic vapors seize up through each sip and slightly burns with a long lingering throaty grab, much like any good barleywine. I think perhaps thats my favorite part of this concoction. A definate sipper here. Enjoyable enough. If you've had any meads, and like em, this will be right up your alley. Interesting mix but a little muted for my tastes.
22 oz bomber I pickedup from Green's off Ponce in Atlanta. I think the bomber was around 7 bucks or so. Served up in a Terrapin snifter. Lets do this.
A: Pours a pretty nice looking dark brown color that really embodies the dark honey I imagine they used. Held to the light it really hold the dark brown color with just a touch of light browns and oranges coming out. The pour brought forth a half finger of clean, white head. The head really didn't have very good retention, falling short and quickly to a thin white ring. The lace is light and heavy, dripping slowly back into the liquid in the glass. Not a bad looking beer.
S: Smell is a bit strange but nice. The first thing that hits you is a nice, light, sweet honey that come forth. Then comes a really nice white wine (chard) scent. Lots of grape sweetness, so it seems. Malts are light and caramel in nature. Very interesting and very intriguing.
T: Taste is a bit light for a braggot. Now I have only had homebrewed braggots in my day, but they had a much more bold honey presence. The honey here is light and not and a bit subdued. There is a sweetness coming through this, but it doesn't seem from the honey. Its more of an artificial or candied sweet. Kind of wierd actually. The malts are biscuity and caramel but they don't stand out as much as the artificial sweetness. The white wine flavor is there as well along with some alcohol.
M: Medium bodied brew with a bit of weight to it. Has a slick feel that has a touch of stickiness to it from the honey. The alcohol is there but not to crazy on the feel. Just a light tingle on the throat. Carbonation is light on this one. Aftertaste is mostly that sweetness flavor with a touch of white wine and honey.
D: Although there are some negatives going on here, this beer has its good points. The look and aroma are quite nice. The more I drink, the more I get used to the sweetness in the flavor. I enjoyed this but this wasn't exactly what I was looking for when I pour a braggot. Maybe my buddies have it all wrong when they brew it, but they tend to get their sweetness from a robust honey flavor rather than what is going on here. Still, no problem clearing this bomber, and I wouldn't mind sharing a bottle of this with someone else in the future. Not bad, Brother Adam.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-11-2009 07:15:20
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