Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SarkyNorthener (1707) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Bottle from cotteridge wines. Shared with s_hartshorne. Black beer with large mocha head that reduces to a head around the rim. Aroma of cocoa, praline, liquorice and dark fruit. Taste is liquorice, nuts, chocolate, sweet honey and dark fruits. The alcohol comes through as a slight warmth. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation and oily. Wow this could be the greatest beer I have ever had. I loved it. A tasting side by side of the rochefort 8 may be needed. I aint sharing the next bracia I buy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (1065) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to sarky northerner. Black colour no head. Aroma is dark vinous fruits chocolate molasses honey malts. Taste has same features including liquorice good biter finish. Nice body smooth mouthfeel. Very complex this in taste and aroma really great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1451) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2014
Fy tusan, det här var en kraftfull sak, smaken var komplex med toner av druva, choklad, sherry och vanilj. Kroppen är fånigt stabil och balansen fulländad. Slutsats; riktigt god sak!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (3041) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
From a 50 cl bottle at the beach in Avon NC. Pours black with tan head. Sweet honey nose. Flavors of tobacco, licorice and honey. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhammaren (997) - FINLAND - APR 25, 2014
.5l bottle @ Haltiatar Pours pitch black with low tan head. Aroma is plums, alcohol, coffee, brown sugar, malts, caramel. Flavor is alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malts, hops. Swell!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2109) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 25, 2014
0,5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malts, some dark fruits and loads of hops. Nice palate but slightly too hoppy. Could use some sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (6873) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 21, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkelbrauens Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Früchten, Schokolade, malzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1070) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 17, 2014
Rating 1000. Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown body with a medium sized tan head. Aroma has honey and sweet perfume with hints of springtime forest. Lovely. Very thick body. Taste has dark malts with something lightly sourish and vinous like white grapes that have just started to ferment. Later hints of honey, raw hazelnuts and some hops that I’m not used to finding in dark beers. This is a bold and wonderfully complex dark beer with so much to explore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
Rated on 5-09-2011. This bottled beer has a medium sized semi-frothy, very fizzy, very bubbly light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque dark brown body and no lacing. The aroma is black malt, licorice, chocolate, hops, sweet, honey, and some alcohol. The taste is sweet, rich, malt, hops, chocolate, licorice, and spice. The mouthfeel is very tingly and this beer is medium bodied. This is a sipping beer with a very rich flavor. It is somewhat of a complex beer but very worth trying and a beer I would enjoy drinking again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3330) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 11, 2014
500 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of fruit, chocolate, malt, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, honey, coffee, licorice, and a touch of smoke. Excellent, want more.

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