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Thornbridge Bracia (Bourbon)

Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
poech73 (255) - BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2015

Sample @1st Tilquin English Beer Festival +Open Doors
Fortes senteurs alcooliques, de malts torréfies et sirupeux, houblon parfumé qui pique les narines. En bouche, la gorgée épaisse et visqueuse s’appesantit sur les papille avec des saveurs maltées fort caramélisées: en fait je goûte du caramel liquoreux à la frange aromatique amère. Plutôt écœurant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3875) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours opaque coffee brown with a thick and frothy tan head. Roast malt aroma has a bourbon overtone and hints of coffee and caramel. Bold favor roars across the palate, leaving roast malt, coffee, bourbon, woody, earthy, smoky, and subtle caramel impressions plus a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fizzy and firm, while smoky finish has a robust bourbon tone. Enjoy a crater if you get the chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (1578) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
On cask at Hallamshire House, Sheffield - 1st one of the dark side festival - not as superlative as the original Bracia, but fantastic nonetheless. Deep reddy brown, a small but perfect beige head. Nose has lots of honey, nuts, raisins, chocolate, and most of all... booze. The taste is equally good, the hits of the of forest fruits and coffee, warming, lots of booze, lots of sweetness. Thick, oily. A luxury to be savoured - AGAIN! Sadly, once this barrel has gone...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrold (2342) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Cask. Hallamshire House, Sheffield. Nearly black. Thick, dense, lasting, tan head. Big chocolate malts. Thick, Italian chestnut honey. Woody, sweet booze. Raisins. Leather. Tobacco. Some treacle. Prunes. Vanilla. Taste is light dry. Rich sweet. Turns roast bitter. Palate is chewy, and smooth. Soft carbonation adds to the richness. It’s slick, leggy, and viscous in the glass. Finishes glossy smooth, rich, and sweet, turning woody bitter on the close. Absolutely lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4209) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle.Black with a small head. Liquorice and honey blend together to produce a full bodied powerful but not overpoweringly so ale. Delightful but dangerous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2014
2/18/2012. From bottle. Deep brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, dried fruit, chocolate and bourbon aromas. A bit sweet and sappy, but with a nice balance of malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13541) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Gravity cask at Craft 100 September 2014 - London. Pours dark, black-brown, with a creamy tan head. The nose has some burnt marshmallow, earth, background cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with dry, burnt wood, baking cocoa, old raisins, bitter scorched earth. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately dry to finish with further burnt earth, burnt grains, light alcohol, chocolate. Not bad. Decent depth. But nowhere near as good as base Bracia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Cask at craft 100 Craft Beer Co. Aroma is earthy coffee bean, vanilla, wood, sweet choc. Black dark caramel coloured pour with a short lived tan head. Oily texture. Full silky bodied, with moderate lowish carb. Flavour is sweet praline, caramel and soft slightly earthy roast. Also woody, and vanilla with lingering alcohol warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3224) - FINLAND - SEP 18, 2014
Cask@gallows bird real ale festival 2014. Black. Soft smooth. Some molasses, dry finish though. Jerky (?? old notes, I’m backlogging)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (5466) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2014
Cask @ Grove Inn, Huddersfield Dark with a small frothy head and very strong tasting, but you do get some of the bourbon barrel aged flavour.

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