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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13730) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Black - brown head. Coffee, sweetnes, licorice, vegetables, fruity, light metallic, syrup, nice hoppy, high malty, nutty, caramel. OK.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (4004) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2010
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a small dense brown head. aroma of tobacco and light smoke, toasted malts, milk chocolate, herbs and holy water. flavour is black toasted malts and heavy char, with notes of coffee, dry spices and tree bark. heavy, lightly alcoholic body with smooth carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3901) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Deep black, small tanned head. Aroma of coffee, liquorice, smoke, peat, more coffee and more liquorice. Flavour is smooth ride of bitter coffee, salt liquorice, sweet coffee, sweet liquorice and some smoke and peat. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3507) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle at 3rd pre-ZBF. Pours pitch black with a small tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of coffee, oak, peat and dark fruits. Flavor is bitter, dry and with coffee, licorice and even slightly salty. Nice balance.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2164) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is licorice, black malts, and an odd note that took me forever to figure out but that I believe is soy sauce (I wrote ’fishy’ in my initial notes, but that’s not quite it). Flavor is much better, with tons of roast and vivid dark chocolate. Peat is mild, and I don’t really get any honey. Caramel and chalk make an appearance. Thick, bitter, and dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Dark brown pour. Lots of honey, dark brown sugar, light coffee, cocoa and some roasted nuts on the nose. Flavor has a great hit of honey, nuts, chocolate, coffee and some light hops in the distance. Great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
500mL bottle opened at Woodshop 5.0 (originally given to me by MarkDredge). Thanks, Mark! Pours a very dense, murky, cola-brown color; mixed-bubbled light-tan head with decent lacing. Smells like those chalky white Valentine’s Day candies with messages on them, plus some chalky cocoa and licorice notes; slightly odd. Again, slightly chalky feel in the mouth: plenty of caramel, cocoa, and chocolate notes; chalky and creamy stout-like beer, but somewhat off-key. Lasting finish of cocoa, lightly bitter chocolate, nicely dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2199) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Locorice dark frruit malt flavors. Medium thickfeel. Low medium efferves ence particullate feel. Thick. Citric .very good albeit acidic stout. Many. Thanks to Mark dredge

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2010
Tasted from the bottle at Kelly Ryan’s Thornbridge Tasting at the Malthouse. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this beer since I tried it. Undoubtedly the best honey beer I have ever had. A massive rich full complex aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, spicy deep heat, resinous rose petal notes, warm nutty chestnut, a touch of Christmas spice and toffee malt. In the mouth the beer rich with the perfect balance of chocolate roast malt, nutty flavours, chestnut but also hazelnut and almond, floral esters and a rich solid malt backbone. I wish I had a couple of cases of this in the cellar!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15777) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
20th December 2008. Champagne yeast in here as well! Thick black beer with a chocolate brown head. Dark roasty stout flavours offset by a nice silky smoothness that is very slightly sweet. Riding alongside is a pronounced nuttyness. Slightly bitter dry finish with a warming afterglow. An imperial chesnut stout?!


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