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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (2969) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
50cl bottle, kindly shared by Arve_Christian - Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt and hints of chocolate and alcohol. Sweet with a nicely balanced bitterness. Very nice ale! (2012-07-20)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black in body, with a medium sized brown head. Very strong aroma of nuts, honey, chocolate. Taste is a big complex arrangement of chocolate, nuts, licorice, coffee, wood, persimmon, herbs, which all stays and make a massive multitasting dry aftertaste. A very good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3264) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2012
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Dark color, ok foam. Aromas of chocolate , coffee, Full body & high complexity Some sweetness, nice balancing bitterness Very enjoyable

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
500ml bottle. Darkest brown with a more mocha-coloured brown head. Aroma is at once both thick and thin, starkly old-fashioned but supremely comforting. There’s notes of dark chocolate, earthy roastiness, cold coffee and what must be the added honey. Palate-wise this is one of the best beers I can remember: thick and viscous but never overstepping the mark. Really traditional character with more of that chestnut honey coming through and a powerful bitterness as it finishes. Personally I would’ve preferred a smaller bottle, as it became quite heavy going towards the end, but this is a fascinating beer that will live long in my memory.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013
2013-03-11, bb 27.02.2017, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Still with greatness; but the aroma shows also soapy traces. Very rich and complex chocolate and honey beer.

2012-06-28, bb 27.02.2017, 10-5-9-4-19=47
Very dark color, close to black, with creamy brownish head. The mix of malts incredibly enhances the chestnut honey, with all its woody notes, and a touch of forest smoke; there are some roasted malts, and trace of phenols; dry cookies; harmonious and complex; really fantastic.
Very good body structure, the mouthfeel is quite round but not thick; rich dark chocolate flavor, with other components coming in waves; layers of smoke, roasted malt, liquorice, chestnut honey, wood, hints of tar and quality coffee; it has a moderate residual sweetness; strong bitterness with comforting alcohol warmth.
Immense beer.

The perfect beer to celebrate Italy victory on Germany tonight (European Championship 2012).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 A honey infused imperial stout? Nose is intriguing - chestnut, honey, chocolate, dark fruits - the description on the label is bang on. Smooth body. Not a big beer, but full and slightly viscous. Some dark, bitter chocolate, figs, dark fruit and a soft fuzzy honey quality. Subtle - but the flavour creeps up on you after the swallow and lingers for quite some time. Long, coating finish. Well made and a bit unique - though it really is an imperial stout in all but name.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
Black and wearing a gentle beige head. Very complex and interestingly integrated nose with lots of stuff going on at once. An evident honeyed richness reminiscent of Polish mjods is first noticeable, but quickly uplifted by a roastiness that is never extreme and borders toastiness. Peated malt pairs with molasses and licorice to bring dark and leathery flavours forth. Plenty of raisins, plums and dates join the smoke in its dance, adding subtly vinous notes that are complex aplenty. It grows even more aromatic as it warms and in mouth, possesses enough tightness to evenlop and carry coherently all those flavors. A full and satisfying body punctuated by efficient, gently drying carbonation. The smoke, fruit, gentle acidity and roast all contribute to diminishing the sugary impressions and make the beer more approachable. Woh, I’d been told to expect good things from this one, but it went beyonds expectations and came across on my palate as UK’s answer to Hair of the Dog Adam.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Pretty much everyone at the tasting hated this except for me. I wasn’t a huge fan but did appreciate its crazy complexity. Its different that’s for sure. Notes of spices, fruits, leather, medicine. Has plenty going on. That’s for sure. Would love to try again. But couldn’t do one of those animals by myself.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (2088) - NORWAY - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home Hidden gem alert
Pours dark dark, black in glass, super looking espresso head which leaves nice lacings on the glass. Smells of coffee, dark ripe fruits, honey, nuts and roasted malts. Super heavy malt flavor, quite roasty, heavy sweet, dark fruits and loads of coffee. Some tar and peat in the back. Nice heavy bitter finish, quite zesty and earthy. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Totally this is probably my biggest beer surprise this year. Often i have a clue about what i’m going to drink, but this one was a really pleasent surprise. This beer has rich complex aromas and tastes, the palate is nice and it looks gorgeous. Go get one of these bottles

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerSkull (1312) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
The scent is rich in flavors, both great such as roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and smoke. But also less pleasant ones as metal and musty barn. The taste is fantastic and very complex! First, dry and soft with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, fruit, nuts and chestnuts. Then kicks a fresh hops flavor in that lifts the flavors even further. The alcohol is just noticeable as a warming element in the taste. An amazing beer!


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