Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2905) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2174) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmrmwel (1201) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Aiaiai… This beauty pours black with a big, creamy and coloured head. Ahhh…, good complex aroma with a nice sweet timber woodiness, as well as peated seaside. Sort of like a nice oaky wine cellar in a worn, tar-ish boathouse. Notes of vanilla, berries, coffee and chocolate. Not too much honey here, but a lot of sweetness from dark fruits. Full, sticky body, with a velvety yet dry feel, and soft to no carbonation. Flavour is sweet, with burned malt, peat, coffee and liquorice, leaving a nice long bitter burned finish. Fantastic stuff, definitely worth tracking down!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ej (927) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Pours near black and opaque. Half inch of creamy, dense, beige foam. Aroma of vanilla and vine gum. Some peach and very subtle roastyness. Interesting! The beer is oily and creamy on the palate and tastes roasty and sweet malty at first but with a solid and lasting bitter finish. Some spice is present, but not overwhelming in any way. Subtle hints of smoke in the aftertaste.. softly carbonated and full, rich body. Awesome beer :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, liquorice, smoke, dry cocoa and some alcohol. Flavor is dry bitter roasted malt. coffee, dark fruit and some spices, alcohol very well hidden in the taste. Medium to full body with a dry bitter finish. Very nice beer, the honey gets a bit lost in this dark, rich, complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omikr0n (793) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours pitch black color with beautiful everlasting brown creamy head. Aroma is hops, wood, peat, cocoa, smoke, roast. Taste is cocoa, roast, honey, hops, hint of alcohol. Nice long lingering finish. Very thick. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
at RBBSG thx to Benzai(?) for sharing !!

Taste: Bubblegum, coffee, some choclat, malts ... but nice !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lefossoyeur (490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
Dark brown almost black with a generous tan had. Complex aromas of dark dry fruits, nutty, with an enticing licorice and bitter orange shining in the end. Almost full body, rich velvety texture, appropriate carbonation, complex flavours with cocoa, fruits and mocha mixing up pretty well. Long flavorfull finish. Pure delight dessert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jamesie1857 (1578) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
500ml bottle from Thornbridge Brewery - A pitch black body, with a thick brown head, sadly went a little too soon. Rich nutty nose, forest fruits and coffee. A warming taste, lots of booze, lots of sweetness. Thick, oily. A luxury to be savoured.

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