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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 418   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1418) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a light tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, honey, liquorice, and a little booze. Flavour is honey, roasted malt, caramel, and a little warming alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5872) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle from Bierkonig, Amsterdam. Pours pitch black with a huge frothy tanned head. Aroma is sweet malty, liquorice, wood and some flowery sweetness. Taste is a big surprise, full bodied, smooth, light roasted malts, ash,a distinct sweetness, like flowers and plums, suitable carbonation level, lingering malty goodies, included light salty liquorice, a true gem of a beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6168) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur de chocolat et de prunes. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe d’alcool et de fruité. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût chocolaté. (Rating #4490)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (957) - , CYPRUS - JAN 15, 2013
Black colour. Halelnat and dark malt aroma. Taste is more hazelnut, malt, chocolate. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2013
0.5l bottle. Looks so majestic even before popping the cap. Anyhow, the beer itself looks at least as majestic, if not even more. Deep oily dark brown with a small bubbly and islandy chocolate head that looks like bubbly stratos chocolate. It really does look like thick dark motor oil with a nice little head. On the nose it’s intensely sweet and delicious with soy sauce, woodwork, roasted barley, chocolate, smooth licorice, anise and a little bit of warming perfectly integrated booze. It smells amazing. It’s thick, creamy and really viscous in texture and it has a soft prickling just perfect carbonation level. The taste is deep dark, rich roasted, dark fruity with forest berries, more woodwork, warming booze, syrupy chocolate beans and a lively bitterness balancing the sweet concentrated caramel sweetness. And the finish? It’s just leaving a lingering smoky peated aftertaste that never lets go. This is just stunningly nice. A great great beer and an amazing sipper. 10.09.2012

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnoud (288) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2013.01.07 - Thornbridge Bracia - 16.9oz bottle in pint glass. I'm a fan of braggots and things made with honey so I have high hopes. Pours dark with a caramel head, visually looking like a stout. Head goes quickly, little evident cabonation. Aroma as it poured almost gave a bit of a minty fragrance. As it warms up it moves more towards a generalized sweetness, no hops, no yeast; maybe a bit of coffee. First drink, roast like a stout is obvious but disappears very quickly and is replaced by sweetness. Label mentions liquorice, might not have noticed if it didn't say so but I can definitely pick it out now. This reminds me a bit of some of the things in the "Black Saison" category like New Holland Four Witches. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, little carbonation. Overall, good. A bit expensive for any repeat purchase, but this is the only bottle I've ever seen so it may not be an option anyway. A bit more roast/peat sort of favors than expected but definitely good and interesting. Not as good as braggots I enjoy but definitely tasty. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 5/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sonnycheeba (3901) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy tan head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is brandy, plums, roasted malt, floral notes, milk chocolate, light honey, and faint maple. Flavor is sweet malts, heavy dark fruit esters, booze, woody notes, light earthy hops, and chocolate; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10345) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is light peat malt with hazelnut, prunes and dates, earthy, herbal, and woody hops, light coffee and roast malt. Flavor is malt forward with hazelnut, dark fruity esters, peat, brown sugar and honey notes with light hops and bitterness, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1955) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
Cask, Hallamshire House, Sheffield, UK. Jet black, thin brown head. Intense aroma - resin, coffee, ink. Some sweet molasses. Thick, smooth. Chocolate, cloves, prune; all very deep and developed. Quite amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greenclansman (885) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JAN 2, 2013
Super dark beer with a big strong body. Aroma is sweet with a hint of caramel and black fruits. Very sweet in taste with a slight bitterness at the end. The alcohol is for sure there, but so present for a 10% beer. Very special beer, for very special nights.....LIKE BREWFELLAS XMAS PARTY 2012!!!


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