Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 512   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFF (150) - - APR 29, 2016
UPDATED: APR 29, 2016 Arômes très léger pour une stout, robe noire foncée, faible mousse beige. En bouche, très liquoreux, goûts bien balancé, amertume légère et torréfaction légère.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2016
Wow, this is a new, great beer I hadn’t had before. Being a ticker pays off sometimes, when other clowns are all up in Safeway grabbing their 200th six pack of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 500ml bottle pours black in color with a one finger brown head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is so big & rich that you expect to hear "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" coming from it. Nutty and chocolatey with espresso, vinous dark fruit notes, honey, anise, and smoke. The flavor starts with sweet molasses, syrup, and semisweet dark chocolate, goes through overripe dark fruits, prunes and plums, and finishes with a peaty, smoky scotchy finish. Significant bitter hoppiness on the finish. Wow. The closest thing I’ve ever had to this is Hair of the Dog Adam, which it goes without saying is amazeballs. Medium-plus bodied, not overly syrupy. Overall a really phenomenal, refined beer. Best English beer evs? Maybe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MonsterMagnet (1227) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a dark tan head. Thick, smooth, creamy and complex. Dark chocolate, soft espresso, nuts, vanilla, dark fruit, fudge, bit of peat, wood, somewhat boozy. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlainG (2010) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
Une grosse mousse beige capitonnée recouvre un liquide noir. Les arômes sont de grains grillés, de fruits foncés secs, de miel et d’herbes fraîches. Ça sent bon. Les saveurs sont un mélange de tout ça, où la finale joue du côté de l’acidité. Des pointes de torréfaction au-dessus d’une présence imposante d’alcool, qui lui, reste supportable. La touche sucrée est semblable à de l’hydromel. Des noix? Rôties? Pas certain que ça soit ça… (MA 13.03.20) (1769-100316)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (2778) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 8, 2016
50cl bottle. Dark bottle. Thin brown head. Medium light sweetness. Medium bitterness. Aroma is chocolate, pepper, chilli, bourbon, red wine, herby. This is very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (482) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2016
Lovely stuff. Rich and boozy, great velvety mouthfeel. Slight honey sweetness, licorice, faint coffee and chocolate. Soft carb. Great old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 5, 2016
from Drinks of the World - black beer under a firm and long lasting dark beige foam; rich aroma of licorice, figs, earth and molasses; creamy palate, thick and full-bodied, bitter and fairly salty; long warming malty finish, herbaceous with more notes of licorice and molasses - strong, complex and beautiful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
androman (1846) - 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 (5006) - 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 (2200) - 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

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