Braggot, 9.9% ABV.
I wasn’t that impressed with ClubGonzo’s previous attempt at a braggot , but maybe it’s a better idea to mix mead with a strong rye-based ale than with an IPA?
It pours a clear, amber body with a small, white, fizzy, short-lived head that doesn’t stick to the glass.
The aroma is quite obviously a beer/mead mix, with an emphasis on the mead – I get lots of tempting, sweet honey notes, together with exiting, refreshing, spicy notes from the beer. It’s vinous, almost in a sherry kind of way. Very nice!
The strong flavour is a bit too dominated by boozy alcohol, but the other typical mead and rye ale components are still present. I also get some brown sugar, dark caramel and lightly roasted malt. It’s quite sweet for a beer, not sweet at all for a mead.
The soft carbonation fits this full-bodied creation well.
Conclusion: a nice mix of beer and mead, which I guess is the purpose of a braggot. Still not my favourite style, though…
Aroma: 7/10 Appearance: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Palate: 3/3 Overall: 13/20 Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0