Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 494   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4909) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). From AlexFields, thanks! Dark reddish brown with a small/medium fully lasting brown head and some lacing. Aroma of peated malt, mint, chocolate, honey and nuts. Taste is slightly sweet and about the same as aroma, maybe a tad more nutty. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky mouthfeel. Pretty unique beer. Nice peated touch. Good balance and drinkability for a 10% abv beer. Complex and well balanced. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (6565) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2013

Appearance: Sinful dark black color with a frothy big beige head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla and fruity.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate and nice smooth balanced fruity. Dangerously well masked alcohol.
Overall impression: Tasty and powerful ale. One more please. The only problem now: Where can I get another bottle...
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (803) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2015 Denso color nero con un cappello mediamente spesso di schiuma marroncino chiaro. Al naso offre frutta fresca, miele, cacao, farina di castagne, frutta secca e più velati sentori di caffè e malti tostati; al palato è un fantastico equilibrio di sapori tra i quali emergono pere, miele di rododendro e castagno, cereali e cacao amaro. Al palato è perfetta: elegante, fine, cremosa, vellutata, gentilmente effervescente e di corpo abbondante; l’abv non si sente e ogni sorso invita al successivo. Una birra "aristocratica", favolosa.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zimbo (866) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Medicinal long prune snappy with some bloodiness. Meaty.fantastic complexity & depth. So so long. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (5951) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2013
500ml bottle. Pitch black colour with late awakening, average to huge, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, brown head. Dark malty aroma has fruity notes of blue/dark berries, hints of milk chocolate, a touch of nougat, hoppy overtones. Taste is moderately sweet, intense dark malty, notes of treacle, chocolate, dark berries, liquorice, a touch of roast, a salty touch, cautious hints of peat, minimally bitter, herbal hoppy overtones, cautious hints of alcohol; slightly oily texture, sticky palate. Very rich and complex taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ Exmouth Arms, London. Pitch black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma, deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a very rich sweetness, . Taste, roasted malts, sweet burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee, licorice, . Nice mouth feel. Slightly oily. Roasted honey aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hawthorne00 (3318) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottle, 12C. Black with a tan head that fades to a coat, leaving spots of lacing. Aroma of hazelnuts, the forest floor, chocolate, cherries, twangy medicinal honey, the lodge. Silky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Sweet spiced chocolate, hazelnuts, autumnal detritus, coffee, cherries, complex toasty caramelised/ singed flavours. Cocoa and spices (anise, galangal, licorice, coriander root) linger, honey is more obvious. Bitterness creeps up. Alcohol is well-integrated, but it drinks like a strong brew. Brings to mind a large room - used only occasionally but well-maintained and stacked with seasoned wood - in the last sunny days before the fire must be lit. Spectacularly good. [4.6]

Went on a bit then, but yes, a really stunning beer. Dark, burnt, spicy gruit things, modern hops that should jar but don’t at all. Mysterious herbal notes that pop in and out of prominence. Big and complex, but nothing’s that shouty and yet everything’s well defined.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor at the Thornbridge tasting. Pours oily black with a short, khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel, and a sweet smokiness. Taste opens up a thick chocolate body with a nice roasty background, travels through the mouth with a touch of caramel and coffee, leaving a lingering aftertaste of cocoa and almost a caramel peat. A really pleasant, sweet smokiness. Proved to be different to the standard coffee/chocolate stout, good to see.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours very dark with a small, sticky tan head. Nose shows smoke instantly. As it opens up, a fair bit of sweetness comes out but it’s a balanced sweetness. Almost like sweet hickory smoke with some heavy caramel and powdery chocolate in there too. Very complex stuff - firewood, dark chocolate, powdered chocolate, sweet & sticky honey, peat, toffee. Finishes with a very caramelised/honey forward peatiness right on the back end with a touch of coconut. Works extremely well and I can see why this is so highly regarded. Very solid stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at mane liquor thornbridge tasting night. Pours a dark brown/black with a frothy tanned head. Nose is quite interesting. Nutmeg and bitter chocolate with dark roasty malts. Taste is much more of the same. Heaps of dark chocolate malts coming through even a touch of coconut towards the end of the palate. Fucking interesting beer Im finding it hard to describe. Would definitely recommend trying for pure complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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