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Thornbridge Hall Bracia

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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned;
Bracia is the Celtic name for a beverage brewed in Iron Age Europe with reference found on a Roman inscription at Haddon Hall,Derbyshire. Little is known about this except it was high in alcohol, brewed with cereals and, most probably, honey. Thornbridge’s Bracia has been infused with a generous amount of dark and bitter Chestnut Honey. This was sourced by Head Brewer Stefano Cossi from Beekeeper Onelia Pin in the Alpine foothills of North East Italy. Aromas are of chestnut, honey, cappuccino, white chocolate, dark fruits, vibrant fresh peel. The mouthfeel is velvety and rich, with notes of coffee, chocolate, liquorice and hazelnuts with warming alcohol, cocoa and a little peat in the finish. Malts: Maris Otter, Brown, Munich, Dark Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Peated and Roasted Barley. Hops: Target, Pioneer, Hallertau Northern Brewer and Sorachi Ace. Bracia can be cellared for up to one year, maybe longer. Its flavours will evolve so why not enjoy the experience of opening a bottle every once in a while.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5361) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Pours deep mahogany tinged brown into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Licorice and soy aromas. Thick with dark caramel, licorice and soy upfront turning to rich mocha in the warm, lasting finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (1981) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2016
deep dark brown colour with some ruby notes, medium sized creamy beige head; aroma of chocolate, dried berries, raisins, some honey, red wine, roasted sugar, herbal notes and hints of smoke; taste of dark chocolate, berries, raisins, herbal liqueur notes and hints of orange peel oils and grapefruit; really good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
digitalviking (83) - - MAY 25, 2016
Real nice, I probably payed a bit too much for it, but oh well. Alcohol was well masked and the honey distinguished it a bit but wasn’t too obvious. Reminds me of Old Rasputin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1085) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 3, 2016
0.5l bottle. Black body, thick light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, orange zest, caramel, coffee, smoke and reisins. Taste of chocolate, smoke, orange zest and floral hops. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFF (106) - - APR 29, 2016
UPDATED: APR 29, 2016 Arômes très léger pour une stout, robe noire foncée, faible mousse beige. En bouche, très liquoreux, goûts bien balancé, amertume légère et torréfaction légère.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4058) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2016
Wow, this is a new, great beer I hadn’t had before. Being a ticker pays off sometimes, when other clowns are all up in Safeway grabbing their 200th six pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 500ml bottle pours black in color with a one finger brown head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is so big & rich that you expect to hear "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" coming from it. Nutty and chocolatey with espresso, vinous dark fruit notes, honey, anise, and smoke. The flavor starts with sweet molasses, syrup, and semisweet dark chocolate, goes through overripe dark fruits, prunes and plums, and finishes with a peaty, smoky scotchy finish. Significant bitter hoppiness on the finish. Wow. The closest thing I’ve ever had to this is Hair of the Dog Adam, which it goes without saying is amazeballs. Medium-plus bodied, not overly syrupy. Overall a really phenomenal, refined beer. Best English beer evs? Maybe.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MonsterMagnet (1043) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a dark tan head. Thick, smooth, creamy and complex. Dark chocolate, soft espresso, nuts, vanilla, dark fruit, fudge, bit of peat, wood, somewhat boozy. Great stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlainG (1825) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
Une grosse mousse beige capitonnée recouvre un liquide noir. Les arômes sont de grains grillés, de fruits foncés secs, de miel et d’herbes fraîches. Ça sent bon. Les saveurs sont un mélange de tout ça, où la finale joue du côté de l’acidité. Des pointes de torréfaction au-dessus d’une présence imposante d’alcool, qui lui, reste supportable. La touche sucrée est semblable à de l’hydromel. Des noix? Rôties? Pas certain que ça soit ça… (MA 13.03.20) (1769-100316)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2538) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 8, 2016
50cl bottle. Dark bottle. Thin brown head. Medium light sweetness. Medium bitterness. Aroma is chocolate, pepper, chilli, bourbon, red wine, herby. This is very good!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (403) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Lovely stuff. Rich and boozy, great velvety mouthfeel. Slight honey sweetness, licorice, faint coffee and chocolate. Soft carb. Great old ale.


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