Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 512   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
Delicious - simply delicious! As in the nose, hazelnuts and honey are well noted, along side chocolate, a little roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit (black cherries and raisins) and a distinct earthy quality. Warming brings more of the dark fruits, molasses and a touch of peat, but the 10% stays totally hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 14, 2013
Beautiful dark brown body with a small dark brown head. Strong sweet aroma with licorice, caramel, honey, coffee and peat. Excellent, smooth and complex bittersweet flavour with chocolate, licorice, coffee, nuts, bread, some dark fruits and honey. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013
From a 500ml bottle. Jet black pour with a small foamy head and a quite lively carbonation. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, honey, hazelnut. I get a noticeable lavender note which makes this brew a bit unusual and makes it stand apart from other dark, strong ales, a bit like those parma violet sweets. Really nice, well balanced. sweet to start with the hops taking over with a rounded slightly bitter finish. Top brewing. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2013
Bottle 50 cl, BBE 25.11.2016. Pours dark brown in color with a beige, quite fast disappearing head. Notes old rubber, some peat and something sweet, I’m guessing that would be the contribute of the Chestnut Honey in this case. Light burnt wood as well in aroma, later on also some smokyness appears. Sweet honey-like notes in taste, some coffee being present as well, light burnt wood, some peaty notes. Wood and espresso with some light smokyness, delicious. Rich mouthfeel on the whole. Incredibly smooth for that matter too. Notes of bitter chocolate and more coffee notes appears as well. Some faint notes of salty seawater is there too. Still gotta praise the smoothness in this brew, it’s just incredible and while leaving the nice aftertaste with some coffee and light burnt wood, I just love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
culchiem (3561) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 3, 2013
Bottle. Dark coffee with a caramel head, good lacing. Aroma is nut and roast malt. Flavour is dark fruit, peak, chocolate with a sweet syrupy finish. Texture is creamy velvet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Clear black pour. Thin tan head. Floral aroma. The flavour is very complex. An awesome beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (11265) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma comes across very floral, totally unexpected. Chocolate comes out with wood, honey, some coffee, burnt malts, licorice, prunes and vanilla. Flavour is over moderate sweet and heavy bitter going long into the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. There’s so much going on with this beer - almost too much, but incredible.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (14189) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is peat, licorice, chocolate, coffee, honey, nuts. Full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. This was one of those brews that I wanted for so long that seeing it on the shelf was a shock. Pours a deep black color with a medium brown head- totally different than expected. A rich nose of honey and roast, massive malt presence. The flavor is huge slightly smoky malts, dark fruit, honey, big earthy charcoal, bacon, just massive malt additions, something akin to seaweed. Reminds me a bit of a darker and less sweet Fourth Dementia from Kuhnenn. Excellent, unique and courageous. There were no Anglo-Saxons in Britain at the time of the Roman conquest, instead the population were almost totally Celtic. Perhaps the word would have been béoir, something we use today still.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (6977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep opaque black with a medium dark brown creamy head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, sorghum. Flavor is the same, plus anise. Medium sweet, light bitter. Very full bodied and creamy in the mouth. Touch of woody astringence. Warming finish. Nice beer.

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