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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11476) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2013
Bottled, 500ml (9.0%abv), aged 4yrs. from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Black with tan head. Thick, smooth, velvety beer with a big liquorice, tarry nose on opening. The pour is slow, like easing the beer out of the bottle. There is cocoa powder initially on the palate with a charred coffee ovelay, deeply roasted malts. There is a hoppiness, but the ageing has smoothed this into the beer, but I get a lighter fruity note. Undoubtedly a superb beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
Good creamy coffee aroma, mild grassy hop notes. Black colour. small stable brown head. Good sweet roasted flavour. Good hop flavour, sweet and spicy, very grassy finish

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichTheVillan (4685) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from Stirchley Wines; dark black pour with luxurious big tan head, dark fruit and alcohol aroma, rich dark dried fruit taste, light smokiness very complex and bold some earthy wet leaves like action, vanilla, leather. Has a decent level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is can only be described as luxurious. Wonderful beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 25, 2013
Quite nice but not so pale. NIce aroma and somewhat different than those who will be on cask.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, smoke, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, bit of booze. T - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, vanilla, oak, smoke, nuttiness, black licorice, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish. D - Nice complex and balanced English Strong Ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Firkin at My Place Pizza. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt, some honey undertones, nutty, spicy. Tastes sweet with a nice blend of roasted malt and honey. Enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (5979) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
500ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Honey, bubblegum, pomerans, tar, plain chocolate and liquorice in the aroma. Sweet, malty, rich and fruity taste with coffee, honey, orange peel, liquorice, smoked malt and Bournville chocolate. Incredibly complex yet so smooth and easy to drink. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemike (2578) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2013
wow this beer is AWESOME Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of fruit and chocolate ith a little licorice. Sweet chocolate flavour, with grassy hops and a hint of smoke. Incredibly rich and thick mouthfeel. Outstanding complex roasted flavour and long finish

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
Delicious - simply delicious! As in the nose, hazelnuts and honey are well noted, along side chocolate, a little roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit (black cherries and raisins) and a distinct earthy quality. Warming brings more of the dark fruits, molasses and a touch of peat, but the 10% stays totally hidden.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 14, 2013
Beautiful dark brown body with a small dark brown head. Strong sweet aroma with licorice, caramel, honey, coffee and peat. Excellent, smooth and complex bittersweet flavour with chocolate, licorice, coffee, nuts, bread, some dark fruits and honey. Great.


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