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Thornbridge Bracia (Pedro Ximénez Aged)

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Bracia aged for 3 years in Pedro Ximénez cask (sweet red wine from South Spain)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (10887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Cask at the holyrood 9a. Pours deep brown, nose is raisin, caramel, toffee, honey, taste is rich and fruity, like drinking cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (6742) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Backlog rating. Cask at CBC Clapham, Craft 100. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt sugar, figs, port wine and raisins. Taste is sweet with notes of dark chocolate, licorice root, dates, raisins, wood, booze and ashes. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, really nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23395) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
Cask gravity @ Craft100. Pours a dark ruby amber black color with a small tan head. Has a fruity malty weak woody spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish woody dry bitter sherry flavor. Has a fruity malty woody spicy dry finish with hints of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (5399) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
Tap @ Craft Beer Co. Clapham (Greater London) during Craft#100. 3 years old. Dark brown with a medium mostly lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of fortified wine, grapes, dark fruits, peated notes, caramel and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet with fortified wine, dark fruits, peat, earthy notes, smoke, caramel/toffee and warming finish. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel. Unique and really complex. Quite different from the regular version. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (6633) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2014
Gravity Cask at Craft100. The festival brochure says that this was aged in ’Pedro Ximminez’ (sic). Advertised at 10%. Black bubbly tan head. Aroma - caramel toilet duck. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste - lime, chocolate, card, plastic / crayon, high notes of pine. Flavour and body are thinner than the base version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Crazy awesome that this was on at Craft, Pimlico when I was in town. Massive, fruity, dessert wine-ish old ale. Sludgy near-black pour with a thin and ominous-looking head. Big figgy pudding nose with vinous qualities melding nicely with the peat, leather, dried fruit and booze. Mouthfeel a bit heavy, but what are you gonna do with a beer like this? Taste is righteous, though, with the wine characteristics making this anything but a standard warmer. Killer in small doses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (17267) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
Tap at Craft Brixton - 28/09/12. Dark Mahogony brown with a dirty mocha head. Some lacing followed. Nose comprised Xmas cake, dates, prunes, dried fruits, sherry, cloves and spices. Tastes similar to nose, Xmas pudding/cake, molasses, licquorice, dried fruits, wood, light smoke tones, and a little sweet booze. Fuller end of medium bodied with a fruity finish. The alcohol is very well disguised. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12722) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co Brixton. It pours very dark brown, with a medium beige head. The nose is vinous, raisin, blackberry, blueberry, sweet sherry, jammy fruits, roasted malt, liquorice and some medicinal notes. The taste is roasted malt, medicinal, rich sweet fruitiness, blackberry, blueberry, sherry/port aspect, wood, warming alcohol, light tanginess, meatiness, coffee, charcoal and earth, with a very long, dry, toasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly oily mouth-feel. Complex and flavoursome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2012
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Brixton, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium off white head on top. Boozy, malty, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, malty, dark fruit, sweet and port like, very rich and really moreish despite it’s strength. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2411) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2012
Cask in Craft Brixton. Colour is opaque very dark brown, off white cream head. Nose is rich, malty, ovaltine, milk chocolate, wood barrel. Taste is again rich, smooth, white wine vinous, malty, some sweet wine Sauternes character and obviously sherry, a lot of white grape, then light milky chocolate. Develops a lot on the tongue. Finish is grapes white wine vinous and a sherry alcoholic kick.

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