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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geiserich (3363) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle: Sweet malty, rich aroma. Notes of roasted malt, oak barrels, smoke, dried fruits, plums, coffe and chocolate. Black color, creamy brown (espresso like) head. Flavor is sweet and malty, roasty, fruity. Notes of honey, dark fruits, dark chocolate. Dry, roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (1866) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is impressive, dark brown with red burgundy wine edges and a creamy tan head which dissapates quickly. Nose is very earthy, clay, waxy, then underneath that its nutty, red wine, chocolate, honey. Frankly a weird combination of flavours. Taste is damn good. Sweet earthy chocolate, hot choc cocoa powder, red wine, bit of light milky coffee. On the finish there’s a bit of liquorice, roasted grain and peat with an alcohol bite. Surely this is an imperial stout?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2012
0.5 l bottle bought from GBBF 2011.Black color. Rich aroma of hazelnuts and leather cream (shoe wax). Rich smoothly roasty flavor with coffee, honey, coconut, licorice and hazelnuts. Full soft body. A peculiar shoe wax aroma and flavor, not bad by any means, very good in fact.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: Lovely aroma. Best of best mead notes, herbal, soft, and sunny with floral twist. Hint of lavender and various herbs. Splendid.10-
Appearance: brownish-black with large dark tanned brownish crown. Nice presented lace.4+
Palate / Taste: oily, thick bodied. Heavy brew yet not cloying. I wonder how much mead in in here? Sweet with alcohol warmth. Floral top, some alcoholic dryness as you go. Sticky palate. This brew is something else! World class offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erasmus_ro (1353) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle @ Gallows Bird. Pours black with a thick, mocha-colored head. Aroma is strongly malty, roasted, dark fruits, honey, prune. Taste is malty, caramel, roasted, honey, dark fruits, dark cherries. Palate is full and a bit sticky. Very pleasant sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6784) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2012
500 ml bottle at the Gallows Bird XV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.
Pitch black colour with small tan head. Roasted malt, sweet chocolate, dark fruits and mild metal in aroma. Flavour is also roasted malt, quite a lot sweetness, mild bitterness and dark fruits. Quite similar to Imperial Stout. Rich and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - 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 (2059) - 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.

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