Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 505   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1705) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2016
50cl shared bottle at home from Plan B,Rotterdam. Nose is red wine and roasted malt. Body is pitch black, head is medium, brownish, slightly fizzy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dried fruits, honey, red wine, chocolate, licorice. Light sweet, heavy roasty bitter, light fruity sour. Finish is long lasting roasty heavy bitter, wineish medium sour, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation. A bit heavy, interesting, very unique, nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle. Black with a small head. Lovely full bodied complex flavour but surprisingly unstated considering its strength. Whilst some may see this as a criticism I just think it points to the skills that this brewery possess. Definitely one worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wekker84 (2160) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle a black colored beer with a beige head aroma malts spicy oak caramel dark fruits and hops flavor malts citrus fruits spicy oak dark fruits coffee caramel spicy and bitter hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (661) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2016
Very dark Brown or even Black Color. Powerful aroma of dark fruits. Hints of plum. Coffee in the middle with hints of dark bread and raisins. Port wine in the finish. Not really heavy bodied, nicely balanced, interesting beer. However, would have expected something even more powerful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3636) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2016 Bottle from Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep almost black colour with a thick tan head. Liquorice and deep fruity aroma roasted sweet taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1941) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Appearance: Very dark brown, seems clear. Ok amount of dark, tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark fruits, prunes.
Taste: Dark malt, slight coffee and chocolate. Burnt bitterness. Alcohol. A wee bit disappointed.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Bern), 500 ml, CHF 13.00
Info: 23/1-2016, BB: 24/10-2018

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
symmetric (71) - - JAN 10, 2016
Nose is rich and complex. A bit of oxidization is detectable after a few years in bottle; this has not integrated favourably. Wet chestnut aroma is also present. Somewhat astringent flavour on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (1778) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 8, 2016
butelka, warka do 13-03-20. Bardzo fajna piana, trwala, puszysta, samo piwo brazowo-rubinowo-czarne. Aromaty bardzo intensywne i bogate, duzo ciemnych owocow, swieze wisnie, banany i sliwki, suszone sliwki, rodzynki, kandyzowane figi. miod. do tego niemalo czekolady, toffi... w ustach analogia do aromatow, dosc pelne, slodkie, kwaskowate, jest goryczka, alkohol dobrze ukryty (glownie w posmakach wychodzi). pojawiaja sie tez nieco winno-drewniane i orzechowe posmaki w tle. duze wrazenie, mimo dosc rozbudowanych oczekiwan. bardzo kremowa faktura. bardzo zlozone, bardzo ladnie zrownowazone, bardzo klasowe piwo. generalnie: wow tzn łał

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (2474) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JAN 4, 2016
Couleur noire légère mousse. Nez chocolat, café, note boisée. Arome chocolat, malté tourbé, café et palais moka avec note de réglisse voir noisettes. Corps bien onctueux. Fin longue amere et grillée. Superbe

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (5451) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle 50cl, a dark beer with medium brown head. Nose is on dark chocolate and coffee. Aroma is on dark coffee, dark chocolate, light smoked notes, licorice, toasted spices, toasted nuts, creamy body, excellent complexity, chocolate, brown caramel, light ashes, espresso notes, light plum, well malty very nice stuff.

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