Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Buckwheat Braggot - Second Tasting

Appearance - Light brown with dark orange highlights, slightly hazy with a thin head that is gone almost as fast as it appears, small amounts of lacing as you drink

Aroma - Honey! The honey is very strong now in the nose, still earthy and nutty but the aroma is very subdued compared to the first tasting. There is also a very small hint of alcohol in the finish

Taste - Very strong honey flavor, much of the buckwheat earthiness has faded which is a bit of a disappointment. Tends to be fairly sweet tasting, the bitterness is definitely there but very low at this point. Still a bit of alcoholic warmth in the finish but there should be with how strong it is (11.5%)

Mouthfeel - Very creamy and slick feeling, carbonation is relatively low but shows itself just as you swallow.

Drinkability - I think I'm enjoying this braggot much more now that its aged a bit. I still think it would pair well with a meat dish, but now I think something like roasted lamb would really play well with the earthy notes of the buckwheat honey

Notes/Thoughts - It has changed a bit, and the changes aren't really good or bad. I really enjoy how flavors evolve through time in bigger beers, and this one has been a please to have around. Its not an everyday drinker due to the strength but if anything it really showed me a new great way to add a thick creamy mouthfeel to just about any type of beer/braggot, Buckwheat!

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