Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
(500ml bottle, BB 12.14, bottled 2010) Pours a black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of peat, nuts, banana bread, honey, mustiness, raisins, nuts, and basement. Flavor of liquorice, peat, honey, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and banana.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJestersBeer (2034) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
500ml bottle. (Rating #500) Pours pitch black, with a brown head. Very complex aromas, roasted malt, licorice, spices, hops, coffee, chocolate, tar, dried fruits, plums, ashes, smoke. Sweet, full bodied (and beyond), high bitterness, creamy CO2. Extremely rich and complex, loads of fruit and roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, plums, chocolate, tar, smoke, hops. Let this one lie down for a few years. A beauty. (2012-01-13)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Off tap at Sheffield tap. Massive sherry, dark fruits, port, red wine, honey. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wizardjoe (11) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2012
Absolutely delicous, but can too easily become overpowering if consumed too quickly or at a quantity more than about half a bottle. Unique in taste, texture and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (2017) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Sunday afternoon brew. Pours dark brown with thin head. Great nose of coffee and dark fruits. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, licorice, root beer, coffee, earth, and warming on finish. Delightful beer for the season

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5275) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Dark brown with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some spices, vanilla, and nuts. Taste of the same, with odd spicing, and more vanilla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3292) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with clingy tan haze. Nose is like some sort of herbal cough syrup featuring root beer, rubber, spearmint and dank cellar. Vaguely reminiscent of absinthe though this is actually drinkable. Syrupy with a buzz. Taste is licorice, peat, Mr. Pibb, burnt sugar and tree bark. An odd one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WASW (50) - - DEC 31, 2011
Beautiful rich dark colour with a thick creamy head. An almost overwhelming array of roasted, nutty flavours with a slightly underwhelming finish. A fine beer of its milieu.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle with Colin. A black beer with a decent tan head. Beautiful meady, honey aroma with alcohol, roasty malt, coffee and caramel also. Flavours of honey and Christmas spices, cloves and cinnamon. Beautifully rich, oily mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle. Alcohol is very well balanced. Lovely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
500mL rating #100 for this beer and celebrating my 3300th rating on this site! From Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. The pour is essentially ink, perhaps very deep sepia, with a large, reverse cascading mocha head. Good retention. Not a lot of lace. Nose is sweet red candies and sharp honey with hints of fresh citrus peel, licorice and peat (for once- the commercial description is pretty spot on). Taste is interesting: spicy, relatively oily, small flashes of cardboard, mild smoked meat, spicy espresso. Also some mild metallic character. No alcohol presence. My big qualm is the large presence of orange flavored Robitussin cough syrup and grape flavored Dimetapp medicine. Uh. Okay. Meaty savory palate. Nice lactic acid. Just way too much cough syrup character probably from the honey addition.

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