Braggot – Parallel 49 (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Braggot 2013- Parallel 49, 10.2% ABV – 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

from wiki:

Braggot: Also called bracket or brackett. Originally brewed with honey and hops, later with honey and malt—with or without hops added. Welsh origin (bragawd).”

on the front-side label of the bottle:

“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 copmlex aroma.”

  • Style: (barrel-aged) Braggot
  • Taste: malty-honey sweetness -> caramel malts/honey/brown sugar -> malty sweet finish
  • Where I got it : Parallel 49 Brewery
  • How much: $9 – 650ml., December 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Lightly sealed with wax, adding a nice touch of exquisiteness despite it’s very affordable price. It’s also labeled by according the year it was brewed and barrel-aged for good measure. Pours medium-dark brown with barely any head, thin ringed micro CO2 retention, visible steady streams.

Nose: aromatic honeyed caramel malts, very inviting. (9/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: malty-honey-(9/10)-sweetness, silky-fizzy mouthfeel,

Mid-palate: (4/10)-mellow alcohol detection (MAIN) caramel malts, honey, brown sugar (MILD) fig, soy sauce

Finish: fading alcohol, malty-sweet finish.

Summary: Similar to Innis & Gunn sweet but with more depth, alcohol, and bit of Belgium brune mixed in. It’s a bit thinnish in the texture department due to the lack of CO2 but overall the taste profile is very nice.