Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimmythespoon (471) - - JAN 1, 2013
Fresh bottle straight from the brewery. Pours a dark black, with a nice foamy head which resides. Aroma is sweet honey chestnut. This beer is incredibly smooth, the 10% alcohol is well hidden and does not come out in the slightest. Very well balanced beer, having honey in it I expected it sweeter, but the slight bitter finish creates a great balance. Not a beer to drink everyday but great stuff for the holidays!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Holmen1 (3403) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2012
Flaske delt med Egil på Cardinal des-12: svart farge. Sjokoladebrunt skum som blir hengende. En rik og tilbakelent smak med stor verdighet. En helt sjelden ølopplevelse som må på handlelista. (iflg Egil så er aromaen som å gå inn i et gammelt herregårdskap som ikke har vært åpnet på 80 år, og hvor det ligger noen godt brukte ullsokker)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 This is my second bottle of this beer and was 12 months old. The beer pours a smidge off black and has a caramel head, that didnt last. The inital aroma was nutty, chocolatey and warm. The taste was smooooth. The nuttiness continues and drinks really well. I am impressed that beer can have such an aroma and taste of a specialist ingredient, yet be very palatable on not over power the beer. There is a special balance to this beer which draws me in and makes me think about every mouthful. Top stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
50 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours oilyblack with a big brown head. Aroma of honey, nuts and dark fruits. Complex beer with a very well hidden alcohol. More nuts and honey with some coffee and chocolate in the flavour. Very nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Appearance: Dark blacks under a dark espresso crema head. A thick head of crema hued foam fades into a thick collar which also swirls thick. A very alluring image of a beer.
Nose: Berries and honey. Honey glazed and flambéed over a brilliant red-hot flame, the honey crackling and sizzling as they cooked along with the strawberries and raspberries. Sweet dark breads packed with juicy plump raisins – pumpernickel if you please. Black licorice root. Mulberries. Root beer candies.
Palate: Interesting from start to finish. Dark fruits abound – plums, raisins, and prunes – covered in honey and berry glaze. Fresh – no artificial preservatives and additives need apply. Smokey and rooty in the back and along the edges – tendrils. Black licorice also in the back swallow. Burnt caramel. A parching finish of black cacao powder, ash, and charcoal. Delicate berries covered in chocolate greet me at the beginning of each taste. More dry dark chocolates in the middle.
Final Thoughts: Delicious! Interestingly delicious! I had heard good things about England’s Thornbridge brewery and it would seem they were true. This is my second beer from Thornbridge and hopefully it won’t be my last. Quintessentially classically English. Cheerio!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle (graduation present) from Dan - merci beaucoup! Pours a viscous looking black, small mocha head. Aroma is gorgeous and complex - chestnut, a bit of chocolatey malt, herbal spiciness, cloves, and oddly a bit of bubblegum. Taste is equally complex and rewarding. Soft chocolatey and coffee malts, with honey, some bitter hop spice, juniper, clove, vanilla, cranberries. Silky mouthfeel, long finish, lingering milkiness. Just gorgeous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle shared with FaithHealer1. Viscous oily black pour, thin mocha head. Big fruity chestnut, oddly herbal and bubblegum on the nose, with a thick rich chocolate malt underneath. Super-soft malts, lovely subtle chocolate flavours, some fruity vinous complexity underneath and a nice nutty bitterness on the finish. Prefer the PX version but this is still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle - From my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. 1-finger thick dark tan head, nice lacing. Nose is dark fruit, tobacco, ash, chocolate,fig/date, big raisin, almost into red licorice, with light oak/bark notes present as well. Flavours of spicy red and black fruits, especially currants and blackberries; tobacco, ash, spice, lightly vinous, tarry finish. Very unique, and quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1405) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle shared with (and courtasy of) Veitafan. Pours a pitch black colour with a medium light brown head. Nice roasted and a bit special aroma with rubber, dark wood, dark chocolate, menthol and some farmhouse. More like a stout in the flavour with more roasted coffee, campfire, leather, wood, dark chocolate and some honey, and is a bit dry in the end. Slick and oily mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. One of a kind aroma and a more porter-like taste. A cozy and suprisingly easy-drinking beer relative to the 10% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22398) - 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?)

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