Mjod appears to be freshly released again for Viking's 15th Anniversary. This braggot wears an amber body with impressive clarity. A hard pour produced a crackling beige head one finger in height that quickly fizzled out to a skimming and thin collar. Tiny spots of lace are left down the tulip but they quickly wash back into the body.
The nose is super interesting and reminiscent of fall. I'm hit with freshly picked, juicy, delicious, sweet red ripe apple each time I take a whiff. A red grape vinous quality isn't far behind while soft, somewhat dusty, cereal grain sweetness lays down the foundation. Soft notes of orange make their presence known as well. There's a bit of bitter walnut pith as this warms with toasty caramel and it really makes for a complex, inviting braggot.
The flavor profile is very similar to that of the nose. When colder the crisp red apple rules the roost making this very cider like. Red grapes and the cereal grain soft sweetness come along mid-palate. With some warming the walnut pith seeps in along with that toasted caramel noted in the nose. The honey adds soft florals and mild orange but in no way comes across cloying like I was worried about. This braggot really has two different sides, one being very cidery and the other showing more beer like qualities. Very interesting.
The body is actually on the lighter side suggesting most of the honey had been eaten up during fermentation. The carbonation is light and provides a soft mouthfeel. The finish ends up being drier and drier as I drink.
I don't get any heat from this braggot but I can feel the booze in my forehead and cheeks after half a glass. The alcohol may be the only hindrance but this is a delicious, interesting braggot.
Mjod is very cider like when cold but leans more and more toward the beer side after a little warming. The honey is nearly fermented out with just a little residual sweetness and fruitiness. I could see this being a drink that would agree with a large number of people. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for something both interesting and enjoyable.
Tip Top sent me this beer ages ago. This is the longest I’ve sat on a beer that I received from a trade. No longer. This is atleast an ’06, but certainly could be an ’05.
A: Pours foam. Seriously. Beer came out of the bottle, but once it hit the glass it turned into instant foam. The head is super suds, tainted oatmeal color. A bit fizzy around the sides letting the mountain drop. Body is a hazy copper amber color.
S: Strong honey aroma. Some over ripe peach, fusel alcohol smells and yellow apple. Interesting smell.
T: A lot of dark honey flavors at the get go. Sort of like when you put too much honey in tea. An interesting blend of apple, prunes, raisins and brown sugar blend into this unique brew. After the swallow, the dark fruits subside and red fruits like fresh plum and perhaps even pomegranate add a new perspective. Burnt brown sugar and toffee goodness moves in for the aftertaste, with a vivacious sweet caramel apple following suite.
M: Medium body, straight forward mouthfeel.
D: Really interesting brew. Best braggot I’ve had to date. Not complexity. I bet this could have aged a couple more years.
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