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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.


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 (6145) - 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 (2165) - 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 (1347) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpgibbon (365) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle from The Beerhive. Yowser! Don’t let the polite English label design put you off, this is a serious contender. Dark and rich pour with light head and gorgeous lacing. Very complex aromas, earthy dark chocolate and maybe a hint of hubba bubba! Super smooth on the palate and a deep complex taste that i’m still trying to get my head round! Best UK beer i’ve ever tried by a stretch. Seek this out.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3173) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
A super complex, even confusing beer. Raisin, chocolate, honey. Pours deep dark brown. Thick brown head. Licorice aftertaste with brown sugar. Medium to heavy body. Tried with the parents in Elham in 2012.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Holy cow!!! Thanks Jackl for this insanely rich and delicious beer!!! Poured black with a copper/chocolate brown head. Aroma was licorice, molasses, fudge, chocolate, dark roast, and slight peat. flavor was much the same plus honey, dark fruits, and just so much more. This is a very complex beer! Body is smooth as silk with low-medium carbonation. Great stuff!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2012
500ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Deep black with foamy and creamy brown head. Lots of lacing. Really nice appearance.
Aroma : Big rich malts. Rich chocolate and molasses. Spicy wood with floral honey notes. Very different.
Taste : Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Rich sweet roasted malt well balanced by the spices and the very light acidity. Intensely chewy malts. Light coffee. Spicy wood again. Very persistent finish. Some hops.
Overall : Wow this is something different. Very nice malt profile with very interesting features. Spices might be a bit too present for me. A few things in there doesn’t really fit my tastes but I can’t say this isn’t a good beer. Unique stuff for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (5228) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Almost black with a large tan head. Sweet aroma of spices, licorice, earth and dried fruit. The taste was rather complex with spices, licorice, coffee and dried fruit. Also notes of candy. Nice stuff!


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