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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 419   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21363) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Bottled (beers of europe). Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is fruity bubble gum, honey, liquorice, mild ashes, syrup and ripe berries. Flavour is ashes, liquorice, mild fruity bubble gum along with some lavendel and mild nuttyness. Also some leathery notes (thomas fawcett peat malts?)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mansquito (3759) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2012
New Beer Distributors, NY 50cl ($16): Yes, this is expensive. However, it pours a near black color with a nice brown head that dissipates completes and just leaves a syrupt looking beer. Aroma is honey, pretzels, honey pretzels, wood, fruit, and more honey pretzels. Taste is nuts, honey, bread, hops, ambiguous roast, and fruits. This is like a Dark Belgian Strong Combined with a light porter with a hint of mead and pretzels. Yes, this classifies as one of my pretzel beers. Oh, and the alcohol is totally covered. Because I pad a retarded sum of money for this, I drank it slowly. Worth your time and money if you are looking for a substantial and unique beer that is crafted with the utmost skill and precision. Super dank.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Date: October 06, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Beerfest, HOToberfest 2012
Appearance: clear dark brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity chocolate aroma, hint of sour mash tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, candy caramel sweetness, just a touch of balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7877) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
2 year old bottle, originally purchased at Real Ale, Twickenham. It pours jet black, with a medium tan head. The nose is spice, liquorice, strong smell of tortilla chips, roasted malt, light smoke, alcohol, figs, date, prune and earth. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, wood, nut, earth, tortilla chips, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherry cola, charcoal, tar, light smoke and some underlying alcohol warmth, with rich, roasty finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Complex and flavoursome. Rich, luxurious and indulgent...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (4372) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a thick black body with a big, dense creamy beige head. Looks real good. Aroma is dark malts, raisins, leather, molasses-coated almonds, nuts, honey and hints of chestnuts and wood. Highly original and very pleasant. Taste is chestnuts, honey (very present), dark malts, bitter dry grass tones, chocolate, molasses and hints of burnt toast and smoke. Thick body, medium carbonation. Lovely stuff, and highly original; I don’t think I’ve ever had this kind of beer before. Also, I happen to have a jar of chestnut honey from Spain at home, enabling me to easily identify the characteristic flavors (which I’ve otherwise would have interpreted as something entirely different, I guess). A real autumn treat and a true gem of traditional ales, will definitely buy this again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
50Cl Bottle @ RBBSG. Black coloured beer with a small off whiteh ead. Strong spicy almost roasted hinted aroma. Full palate. FInish is malty roasted. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle from Lakeview Liquors. A stout and a mead. Black with a bubbly head. New Zealand honey is a noticeably premium honey and here. Lacey. Wickedly Smooth mouthfeel. Chestnuts, a bit intense flavour in the finish. Good drinkability, something unique and special.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2641) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 (Merci Pat!) Je la verse: Brun sombre qui se transforme en noir une fois dans le verre, surmonté d’une magnifique tête bien vissé sur le liquide épais. Je la respire: Tabac enduit de mélasse avec une touche de résine de pin, un côté mielleux vient également aguicher mes cils nasaux. Je la bois: Adam!?!? Non pas tout à fait même si son corps et sa personnalité lui ressemblent, son âme elle, est un peu différente. Cuir et tabac sont macérés dans les sucres foncés, le chocolat, les noisettes et le miel se déchaînent à travers des saveurs sombres, le tout enrobé d’une pellicule houblonnée. Le corps est bien collant et riche et ne veut absolument pas qu’on sache son taux d’alcool. De plus en plus balancé à chaque gorgée.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Glass bottle from Vinmonopolet, Bergen. Colour: Very dark, brown foam. Rich palate. Very "dark" aromas; coffee, dark chocolate. Honey comes through, although not in an unpleasantly sweet way. The high alcohol level does not dominate the flavor. Not my genre, but for people who like porter, should be right up their alley.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2167) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2012
500 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Small light brown head. Rich roasted aroma, peat smoked malts, spicy sharp herbs and sugary honey flavours. Very intense flavours. High complexity. Lots of smoke and layers of herbs. Some coffee as well. Nicely balanced. Very complex, not cloying, but intense. There’s quite a bit of hops here, something that’s noticeable in the finish, which is quite bitter and the hop bitterness lingers a long time. Very nice.


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