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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is peat, licorice, chocolate, coffee, honey, nuts. Full body. Very nice beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. This was one of those brews that I wanted for so long that seeing it on the shelf was a shock. Pours a deep black color with a medium brown head- totally different than expected. A rich nose of honey and roast, massive malt presence. The flavor is huge slightly smoky malts, dark fruit, honey, big earthy charcoal, bacon, just massive malt additions, something akin to seaweed. Reminds me a bit of a darker and less sweet Fourth Dementia from Kuhnenn. Excellent, unique and courageous. There were no Anglo-Saxons in Britain at the time of the Roman conquest, instead the population were almost totally Celtic. Perhaps the word would have been béoir, something we use today still.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4641) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium dark brown creamy head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, sorghum. Flavor is the same, plus anise. Medium sweet, light bitter. Very full bodied and creamy in the mouth. Touch of woody astringence. Warming finish. Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (224) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Pours opaque red/black with tan head. Smells of wood, nuts, and smoke. Peppery, smokey, and creamy. Smoke, dark chocolate, espresso, chestnuts, alcohol, heavy cream, butter, charcoal, and a hint of lemon peel. Finishes sticky and bitter, with a hint of creamy sweetness. Lingers.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2013
500. Thanks C! Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Big salty dark roasty nose--black olives and roast meat, like adam, very nice. Creamy dense body. Dark roast, heavy caramel, roast meat, and black olive mid palate. Long sticky roasty finish. Wonderful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a fine bubbled khaki head in this glass. Retention is average, resulting in a ring and a haze, with light and spotty lacing present. This one is over a year old I suppose, and initially I thought it was turning for the worse. It did improve but I wonder if you should take the message about cellaring to heart here. The nose is hazelnut, roast, pine needles, sweet bread and honey, with a hint of cocoa present here. The flavor profile is initial bitter, moderate sweetness, revealing the grass and light pine, and moving to the compex malt profile. Roasted coffee bean, honey, caramel, cocoa, hazelnut, and light peat is present; Its somewhat bitter, mild alcohol note, and a bit of astringent character. Interesting brew, but fresher couldnt hurt this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4172) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head leaving lacing. Aroma is sweet smokey a bit perfume acidy astringent rasted malty. Flavor is sweet roasted malty; very nicely bitter. Good longlived bitter roasted malty finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (3250) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Cask at Churchkey. Very smooth and delicious. Slightly sweet like honey and chocolate. Slightly bitter like liquorice and mild hops. Way too easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottled, thanks to jtclockwork, dark brown with tall tan foam, aroma is chocolate and malty whiskey, flavor has chcocolate, malty port, peanut butter, prunes, duck sauce, good thick finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1154) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 1, 2013
Black pour with a 1 finger of offwhite head that laces well. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, a little smoke and bitter chocolate. Quite fruity, some smoky ash, roast malt. Really unique beer. I enjoyed it.


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