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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle. Label lists this as 9% ABV. Pours black with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is rather strong grain notes, soft roast, honey, chocolate, burnt caramel and licorice. Touch of herbal notes as well. Taste is grains, roasted malt, licorice, burnt caramel, honey, herbal hops, chocolate covered nuts, light iodine, soft peat and light coffee. Body is thick and surprisingly creamy with a frothy, bubbly carbonation. Sticky sweetness in spots as well. Ends with more burnt caramel, honey notes, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and grains. Tasty and a nice surprise!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4463) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has chocolate malts and honey. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet, has heather honey, chocolate, coffee, some spice. Good body. Very nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (7943) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2011
500ml bottle from the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar, at GBBF ’11. Shared back home with Finn and MrSoul. Lots of bubbles to a big, tan-coloured head with fine duration. Opaque black body. Distinctive aroma of roasted malts, dark spices and anise. Comprehensive taste profile containing earthy malts, almost like ash, dark honey and nuts added by notes of spices. Bittersweet endnotes of coffee. Integrated alcohol. Velvet mouth feel. Lovely (at Finns in Tromsø, 22.09.2011).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (3780) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a very dark brown color with touches of tannish red near the light. Heavy body. Tan foamy head. Aroma is interesting! Dark chocolate notes, hazelnut, chocolate, perfume and fruit rind. Flavor is sweet chocolate, cappuccino, vanilla and sweet sugar. Dark malts and sweet chocolate. Very good!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2011
50cl bottle. Medium brown head that gradually dissipates, atop brown-black body. Aroma is sweet, white chocolate, licorice, root beer, dark fruit, milk chocolate, vinous, some molasses. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, cocoa, some licorice/root beer, vinous, earthy, light white chocolate. Full body, low carbonation, somewhat sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
prawlie (1132) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
500 mL bottle into a pint glass at the Great British Beer Festival 2011. Dark as night, oily head (though little of that). Wonderful deep alcohol aroma. Roasted and a little sweet, but also a bit ’earthy’. Very nice but pricey. Good but a bit too alcoholy. Nice but devastating!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Brown colored brew. Chesnut aroma, very strange, but ok. Chesnut in the flavor too, malts. Ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (2937) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown - almost black, short and fully diminishing head. Moderate to full, malty and sweet aroma, coffee and chocolate, fruitiness with dark fruits/berries. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor,some coffee and chocolate with roasted malt, fruitiness with some hoppyness. Finish is average to full, malty and sweetish, fruitiness and some roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, some alcohol, faint hoppyness. Coffee/chocolate with fruitiness and light hoppyness do balance the sweetness of this strong ale - nice one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2011
Black pour with a mocha colored head. Not much lace left behind. Aroma was a bit odd. Big time peppermint, or some odd lacquer, not too appeasing to be honest. Flavors were similar, a good bit of sweetness mixed with a lacquer like booziness. Some roast but overpowered by everything else. Mouthfeel was slick, full, carbonation light. Overall an odd brew, the 10% was mildly noticeable. This one left me for a loop...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6172) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2011
Medium dark brown head. Opaque black body. Deep roasty chocolatey aroma with bitter oranges and earth notes. Unusual. Dry-sweet roasty alcoholic earthy taste with oranges and chocolate notes. Full body. Soft, hot mouthfeel. Dryish peppery earthy chocolate aftertaste with bitter herbal orangey notes. Unusual and interesting. Also quite drinkable for its strength. (0.5l bottle. Can’t remember where I bought it.)


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