Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget sampled on May 6, 2012
50 cl, BB 27.02.17
Black color, thick brown head. Honey, spicy, sweet, fresh scent. Sweet, vinous, spicy taste, very tasty. Full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (22763) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
Bottled. Near black, small head. Erathy licorice aroma. Dry and salty with near full bodyand clean rounded mouthfeel. Plenty of licorice and coffee. salty resiny bitterness in a mildly warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5695) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of dry fruits with dry toffee notes are quite unique and quite strong. Taste is a strange mix between some dry toffee notes with caramel malt with some molasses notes with some light fruity ester and some chestnut. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex beer with maybe a tad too much going on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2012
500 ml. bottle sampled @ ACBF 2012 // black with a small mocha head // s: sweet caramel blended with dark malts, molases, honey, milk chocolate // taste is sweet, moderate & balanced molasses, brown sugar, wild honey, thick caramel, sweet dark nuts, hint of milk chocolate, hint of fruitiness, sweet berries // b: slick, creamy // damn, this is good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (6479) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2012
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a medium, beige head. Aroma from linement; Jenka chewing gum. Loads of honey in the flavour along with leather. Medium bitterness. Too much spiciness for me. Thick and oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slakemythirst (201) - - APR 23, 2012
UPDATED: APR 24, 2012 Oj..det här verkar spännande..doftar kaffe choklad och klassiska tuggummit jenka (sassafras) . Mastig kropp och fylld av smak. Alkoholen är väl maskerad och har endast en värmande närvaro. Påminner lite om en imperial stout i stilen menmen det är min åsikt. Slutsats; Satan i gatan, Thornbridge kan!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
ekstedt (6354) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with medium beige head. Strange smoked bon fire aroma with notes of burnt rubber and sassafras. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry with medium bitterness. Just weird.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Pine and eucalyptus aromatics pervade this super rich strong ale, adding to a seamless mélange of molasses, peat smoke, figs, raisins, roasted malts and honey. Complex AND unique. Wow.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Sizeable foam recedes to a slim veil atop the darkness.
-The aroma on this one is like no other strong ale I’ve ever had.
-Hop resins are quite loquacious in the second half.
-The mouthfeel is dense and sticky, but not as viscous as some underattenuated Cigar City brews (for example).
-That bitter chestnut honey must be something else!
-If you served an Imperial Stout in a eucalyptus-filled sauna, it might taste like this. Then again, maybe not...
-A touch of alcohol warms each sip.


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (5441) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Very special smell to this one, it had a strong smell of the chewing gum Jenka. The taste was a bit different with musty dark malts, chocolate and walnuts. Very special beer that I had a hard time rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nisse666 (5902) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-04-14 Göteborg Ar: roasted malt, red berries, chesnut honey (didn’t like it when I bought it for my tea), coffey, at bit vinos when poured Ap: opal black with a grenadine red touch, 1 cm frothy creme brown slowly deminishing head, wee great lacings - when drinking lovely sugary alcholic curtains F: thick home brewed coffy, creme caramel, wee bubbly carbonation, saltlicorice, medium high bitterness, rosted malt, dark bitter cocoa - great brew with several layers of aromas and flavors

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