Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (3950) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at home, 2008 Pours a viscous, thick black with sweet nose, sticky rich, sweet sugar, molasses and honey body. A touch of smoke and roast barley at the back. Proper dessert beer/ digestif. Fantastically complex, should have got a second bottle.

   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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3599) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2012
50cl bottle. Pours a dark brown / almost black colour with a huge brown head. Creamy lasting foam. Aroma is coffee upfront. Loads of espresso notes, then wood, honey, and some whiskey hints. Taste is sweetish upfront with hints of honey and cappuccino. Then a roasty bitterness comes through, with coffe beans and wood. Finish is bitterish with some booze. Texture is oily and thick and carbonation is good, nice for a 10% ABV beer. Overall, complexity and balance are the main highlights here, and make a superb beer. Highly suggested if you like coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerSkull (1366) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2633) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2012
Black with a rich head. Roasted, peaty, smoked aroma with honey in the background. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is loads of salty licorice with some notes of honey and spices. Long bitterness. Some alcohol heat in the back of the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpgibbon (424) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3357) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (5796) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackl (5806) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Bottle @ The Euston Tap. Can’t believe I hadn’t rated this! Deep reddish brown color with a medium tan head. The nose is deep cherry, light smoke, plenty of oak wood. Hints of whiskey, chocolate, and roasted coffee. The taste is nicely nutty, with accents of soft, sweet honey and more cherries, nice bouncy full malty body. Sugary and playful bubblegum. Coffee and earthy dirt. Light chocolate and toasted grain. A bit hot and fat. Soft carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer.

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