Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1029) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2014
Basically sweet and roasty tar. Flavourful as few beers, but this is potent stuff. I have had beers with much higher ABV, but something in this balance made it very hard to get down, very sweet underneath the roastiness. Still worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franzen (187) - SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2014
Intense chocolate and toffee aroma with some roasted notes
Black with thick beige head
Taste start chocolaty sweet but quickly turns to intense bitterness full of roastiness and coffe. Really great long lasting bitterness
Full body with average carbonation and pretty texture
Very rich and intense beer. Really nice for a long sitting, could do in smaller volumes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkam (46) - POLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours almost black, nice head. Aroma is dominated by the peated malt, but there are also notes of roasted malts, chocolate and honey. In taste there are flavours of peated and roasted malts, dark fruits and honey. Beer is full bodied, low carbonation, low bitterness. Very good, well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamTheBarrel (317) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
500ml brown bottle, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is opaque nearly black dark mahogany, with a medium sized mocha colored head, with good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and rye sourdough bread. Flavours of chocolate, rye sourdough bread, honey, roasted malts and muscovado. Taste is light-medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall a great well balanced and flavorful Imperial Stout like beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (8585) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle(@KrisWines, British Empire):Literally black, mid-sized stable tanned head, flavours of a dry english strong ale (dry fruits, ashes, caramel and port-wine) with a solid bitter honeyish touch and well detectable touch of barnyard ( or ((horse)) stables); solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, velvet MF; roasted malt, ashes, caramel, nuts, portwine and barnyard in the finish. Very good stuff…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
Pours black with a massive mocha head that slowly settles, leaving sticky lacerations in the glass. Dipping in the nose and giving the glass a swirl gives off aromas of milk chocolate, honey, citrus, soil, vanilla, slight herbal notes, brown sugar, roasted malts. Taste is surprisingly fruity: fresh dark red fruits initially thar quickly gives way to milk chocolate, honey, lavendel, spices, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is very creamy and round with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is milk chocolate, honey, slight spices and vanilla. Very good and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jorn69 (560) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
@ Ölprovning på Havregatan 7 mars 2014. Mycket smak, kaffe, kakao, lakrits, rostade toner, en viss syrlighet, trä, BA-toner, fyllig (nästan krämig), oljig i konsistensen. Maltig och besk avslutning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a nearly opaque reddish black, little bit of tan head. Aroma strong cough syrup, honey. Body lively, finishes bracing, licorice. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4328) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle @ Cardinal. Black body with a finger thick, stable beige head. Interesting and a bit unusually in aroma, dark malt, dark berries, chocolate and some alcoholic scent in the direction of honey/mead. Flavor is very pleasant, with dark malt, berries, nice balanced bitterness and the same strange honey kind of warming alcohol. Fine body and long aftertaste. An interesting and pleasant beer that becomes better and better further down the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (157) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle. Black body, with a medium, creamy, tan head, that won’t last very long. Complex aroma of honey, nuts, dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, wood, smoke, bitter honey, dried fruits, rum. Mouthfeel is full, oily, with a medium carbonation and it finishes complex, alcoholic, bitter-roasty and dry, with honey, coffee, cocoa beans, earth, wood, smoke. What a complex beer! The honey notes are really interesting, as they aren’t sweet at all and add even more complexity. A heavy beer, that you can only enjoy slowly, but it reveals more and more dark aromas as it warms up.

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