Well, sorry I haven’t blogged for, oh, way too long. I got laid off back in February from an awful job (don’t settle for something you’re overqualified for, intending it to be a liminal job, then get so wrapped up in it, you forget to apply for jobs within your education and skill level). Needless to say, money was tight and stress was high, so blogging wasn’t really a priority. I spent my overabundance of free time laying in bed sulking, being on hold with unemployment, not showering, and sometimes doing freelance writing for magazines and contract work for a marketing and insight firm in San Francisco, and I guess they liked what they saw, because sometime in April, I was taken on as a full-time employee. So that alone took some getting used to, with adjusting to the work load and building a home office, but now I am finally “settled in” so to speak.
So now that I’ve made a half-assed attempt to justify the total ennui that unemployment brought upon me, I’ve decided to review Atlantic Brewing Co. Brother Adam’s Bragget Honey Ale (10.5% ABV, $10). These guys are based out of Bar Harbor, Maine, and this beer is named after a monk who allegedly saved the bee industry. We could really use Brother Adams again, what with Monsanto and all, and I hear he can be summoned by imbibing in fine honey ales. I’ve done my part.
This beer is a braggot, which means it’s an old style of beer, similar to what was drank during the Canterbury tales. This beer is made with neutral yeasts, a sparse amount of hops, and pale malts, allowing the wildflower honey and spices to dominate the mead-like profile of this beer. Pours a dark red/brown, with some carbonation apparent, and a small head (though head size seems to correlate with my bad pouring skills).
Obviously the beer smells like honey, with some barley-wine scents such as dark fruits like figs, and esters. The taste is complex, and mirrors the smell quite well. As it warms up, the mead like nature of the beer becomes evident. The beer tastes like honey, figs, slight malt tastes, and it ends on a warming note as the high alcohol content makes itself known. That’s where I think the advice to age would come in handy, and help mellow out the ending note. I picked up a second bottle to age, I can see this developing a tawnier profile over the years with a smoother finish. I’ll be sure to let you all know in 2019 if my predictions rang true.