Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 16/20
dfinney23 (1938) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Wonderfully bittersweet with notes of honey, licorice, chocolate and caramel and a lightly smoky finish. Outstanding with dessert -- in our case homemade cheesecake. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1504) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Dark brown/black with a good beige head. Aroma is red grapes, raisins, figs, caramel, fig, grape seeds. Medium-full bodied, rich and complex on the palate, hint of booze on the finish. Taste is purple grapes, chocolate, raisins, honey, chestnut.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veceo (680) - CROATIA - NOV 25, 2014
Very dark brown color, big brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark fruits, wood, caramel, dark chocolate. Full body, soft carbonation. Medium sweet taste, light bitter finish. Full and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (473) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Pitch black color with beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, honey, nuts. Taste is even better than expected from the aroma. Finish is bitter coffee and a bit of smoke. Fantastic complex brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (243) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 19, 2014
Incredibly dark color. oily vanilla sweet taste. Intense flavor. Insanely good beer. Nothing more to say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2014
A remarkable beer, a masterpiece honestly, complex in a way that little else can hope to be. From the sweet, light cocoa in the front, paired with some honey and nutty character, to the finish of light peat smoke and a bit of a meaty character, this beer is a lot of different things but never too hard to "get." Just spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (1355) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
bottle at a bar shared with a friend. poured a dark black colour with a tan head. man i wasn’t expecting this! chocolate, sweet caramel, roasted malts, dark red fruit! dark espresso beans, liqorice, nuts, honey, more fruit covered in chocolate, very full thick mouthfeel!! very good!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (3201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2014
500ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Massive brown head, stays. Malty, roast, caramel and some nutty notes in aroma. Roast, sweet, spicy hops, black pepper in taste. Creamy coffee in aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 8, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 500ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn) BB2018-10, drunk 2014-10
Well, I had the horrible barrel aged version of this, which was way too sweet, and like sun-tan lotion, so I decided to let this age for about a year before trying it, so that it had time to mellow. Sweet mashy aroma, a little raw and under-attentuated. Lovely dark brown, persistent tight tan head. Was just a joy to pour and look at afterwards, the viscosity and tighness of the bubbles was beautiful. Full smooth palate, sweetish. Tons of toasted coconut, pleasant sweet caramelly malts. Covers the alcohol better than it covers the Sorachi Ace. Not quite the toasted coconut of a Maui Coconut Porter, alas, it’s still the sun-cream aspect I don’t like. As it warms it stays mellow, but doesn’t become too sweet or sticky. Do like the toastiness in the finish, and also a very nice dry bitterness. Alas it goes in waves, sometimes the sorachi ace is just horrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RW80 (975) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
0,5 l bottle s Appearance:Black liquid with a noice 2 fingers sized creamy tanned head. Good retention and Leaving some nice lacings. Aroma: Complex big arroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, honey, chestnut, plums.with grass and alcohol in the background. . Taste: Very well balanced, Starts sweet with roasted malts and honey, followed by chestnut, dark chocolate, coffee, tones then some plum and raisin sweetness to balance it . Befor it finished with roasted malts and grassy hops. heavy body. medium carbonation., smooth texture. Great,powerfull and refined.

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