Braggot (also called bracket, bragot, brakkatt, bragot, bragaut, bracket and bragawd) is a drink thought to be over 9000 years old that is combination of beer and mead. Way back when, it was made by blending a finished ale with mead, adding honey to the brew kettle of an ale, or lacing a pint with honey and spices. Before large commercial brewing centers became the norm, regional differences in honey and ales combined with individual brewers recipes created an astounding variety of flavours. As the style becomes more popular with modern craft beer drinkers this is the case once again. Modern Braggot can range from heavy, sweet, and dark to light, dry, and pale. The large number of breweries jumping on the Braggot train combined with the wide variety of malts and honey that can be used in the recipe has lead to an explosion in the number of variations within the style.
Sitting in a bourbon barrel for a year has given the Gladstone Black Braggot a deep, dark body and imparted a sweet, smoky aroma. The first thing you’ll notice when you take a sip of is that the sweet aroma carries over quite strongly and honey flavour is very apparent. But instead of stealing the show it is complimented by dry Black Malt, roasty chocolate malt and a dash of lightly bitter Magnum hops. The second thing you’ll notice is that you’re a bit warmer, which is due to the 11.5% alcohol content.
ABV – 11.5%
IBU – Almost Zero
Hops – German Magnum
Malts – Canadian Pale, Crystal 40, Vienna, Chocolate, Black
Yeast – wlp530