Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1917) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle at home, 24th September 16. Pours rich and black, aroma is sweet, cararmel, spice, liquorice. Taste is spice, liquorice, dark fruit, Christmas pudding, saltanas. Good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2016
500mL bottle from Slowbeer. BB 13.03.20 Pours a big sparce sort of tan head atop a near-black body Aroma is somewhat savoury - honey, sultana, raisin, toasted nuts, licorice, citrus & grassy hop. Full bodied without being a bit as expected, quite savoury & dry overall, moderate carbonation. Body is semi-sweet - honey & nuts, white raisins/sultanas, mild roastiness, hops seems less noticable with a touch of grass & floral undertone but the bitterness is there. Touch of warmth on the finish is the only really detection of this beers strength. An intriguing English strong ale - plenty of character (lifts with warmth) yet nothing overly prominent

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maersk (152) - MOLDOVA - SEP 11, 2016
Very dark brown, small long lasting coffee head. Smells dark fruit, alcohol. Full body. complex taste. Will have to re-rate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GhostS (42) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 6, 2016
intensive and well outlined aroma - burnt/well fried malt, rotting oak wood, well dried ground coffee, aged wine in brandy cask, flowers, dark honey, dark chocolate with milk. intensive, heavy, burnt, bitter, sourly and pungent taste - burnt and smoked malt, a bit roasted coffee, burnt wood, green herbs, sweetened cognac, concentrated coffee with milk, medium bitterness. very good!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
- völlig undurchsichtige schwarze Farbe mit guter, schnell zerfallender Schaumbildung - starke Aromen nach Bitterschokolade, Trockenfrüchten, Honig, Maronen, Lakritz, Kaffee, Nüssen und Rauch - perfekte Carbonisierung - der Antrunk ist einfach überwältigend - die geschmacklichen Nuancen sind gut und eindeutig erkennbar - der Honig verbindet sich mit der torfigen Malzbitternis in unvergleichbarer Art und Weise - die ganz leichte Carbonisierung bringt ein schön ölig-samtiges Mundgefühl hervor - der Abgang verstärkt die rauchige Bitternis nochmals etwas, ohne dass es im geringsten unangenehm wird Fazit: Das perfekte Imperial Stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregNC (103) - - AUG 21, 2016
Bottled 50cl. Colour : dark ale with thick brown head. Nose : coffee, chocolate. Aromas : roasted malts, resin, coffee, honey, bourbon whiskey. Low carbonation, dry texture, strong bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cagou007 (1037) - FRANCE - AUG 21, 2016
Pours black with thick and compact brown head. Nose is cream and chocolate. Aromas are roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, licorice, with a spicy note. Low carbonation, full body. Long spicy and roasty finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
artemb (660) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 2, 2016
Look: black, opaque, strong dark head. Aroma is very rich and complex: cellar earthy notes, buckwheat, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate. Taste: moderate sweet with complex bitterness (spicy, hoppy, alcoholyc). Flavour: moulded cheese, mature cheese, dark honey, molasses, buckweat, ash, woody vanilla notes, light smoked notes, tar. Bitter warming finish. Very good and complex and unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1751) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2016
Black body with a tan head. Malty and strong aroma of dark caramel, chocolate, herbs, dark and complex honey notes (very far from light heather honey!), and dark dried fruits in the back. Strong flavour of dark caramel, bitter chocolate, dark honey and dark roasted malt, with a peaty whisky-like alcoholic background. Moderate sweet initial taste with a moderate bitter and long-lasting finish. Full-bodied and oliy with a soft carbonation. Great! And dark!
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 6 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - JUL 22, 2016
Hyvin tummanruskea/musta olut todella runsaalla, mokkaisella ja paksua pitsiä jättävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa suolaista salmiakkisuutta, maltaisuutta, tammisuutta ja hunajaa. Hieman portviinimainen ote. Maku paahteinen, salmiakkinen, suupielet makeaksi saava, loppupuoleltaan kahvinen ja katkerampi. Täyteläinen suutuntuma, alkoholi ei tunnu lainkaan. Yllättävän pehmeää ja helppoa juotavaa, vaikka hitaasti nautiskeltava olut onkin.

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