From East Vancouver’s Parallel 49 Brewing comes their “Braggot 2013 Vintage” a beer / mead hybrid aged in oak barrels for 10 months and then cellared for three years. The beer pours a deep red almost brown with a light brown head. The aroma consists of honey, treacle, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and chocolate. The flavour is of honey, treacle, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, chocolate, oak, earth and some cherries. The alcohol content comes in at 10.2% with an IBU of 8.5. While this is a boozy brew you don’t really taste very much alcohol anymore and it reminds me of some of the better barleywines on the market after some aging. I hope that Parallel 49 Brings this gem back as it is very tasty!
Commercial Description: A tale as old as time, beer as old as Chaucer: Braggot is a blend of beer and mead that has been enjoyed as far back as the 12th century. With malt and honey flavours, this hybrid is aged in oak barrels for 10 months for a slightly sweet and complex aroma.
From Rogue Brewing out of Oregon comes the “Rogue Big Ass Barrel Braggot” a beer in their Big Ass Barrel Series. These beer are aged in their 8 foot tall 6 foot wide 1,500 gallon Oregon oak barrels Chuck an Nate. Braggot is an ancient style of drink combining spices with beer and mead (mead is a wine made with honey and no grapes). The Braggot pours a deep red/brown with an off white head that is very small. The concoction has the aroma of honey, fruits, malts and some caramel. The flavour is of grapes, honey, anise, caramel, oak, mild hops and an overall alcohol warming without tasting heavily of alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 13%. This is the first Braggot that I have had that I really took a step back and thought maybe this is a style that I could really get behind!