Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niall73 (2291) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. bbd 27/02/17, so young. Pitch black with a coffee colored foamy head. Wow - the aroma is great. Its medicinal, coffee, pepto bismoly and a touch of chocolate but really complex with a touch of sweetness and malt and something floral about it. Holy fuck, its something else - so syrupy, sticky, chewy and rich in the mouth. Boozy, but it’s still smooth for something so strong. the medicinal stuff is big, which isn’t my favorite but its sweet and malty and chocolatey and has some coffee bitterness... oh, its lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (3900) - FINLAND - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Black with light tan head. Slight smokey, or rather tar-y, dark malts - some dry chocolate, a bit of roasty. Has dark toffee, grainy maltiness, with a bit of herbal hoppyness. Very intensive flavours, very nice. Body is thick, slightly oily. But leaves a dry finish. Brown dark maltiness. Somewhat like an RIS, but not salty licoricy, more brown malty, chocolatele. Really nice, and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (9983) - Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Draft. Pours a dense blackish brown with a thick and creamy tan head. SMell and flavor are smokiness, roasted malt, chocolate, nuttiness, sooooo rich and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (11946) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichTheVillan (5199) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 25, 2013
Quite nice but not so pale. NIce aroma and somewhat different than those who will be on cask.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (6132) - 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.

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