Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
dark brown, brown smooth head. aroma of roasted stuff, hops, coffee, brown sugar. flavor is strong coffee, roasted grains, dark caramel, malts, strong and powerfull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (13529) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle, 9%. Good creamy coffee aroma, mild grassy hop notes. Black colour. small stable brown head. Good sweet roasted flavour. Good hop flavour, sweet and spicy, very grassy finish. I guess it is sweet, but it is very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty honey and coffee aroma with some nutty hints. Thick sweetish very bitter chocolate flavor with hints of smoke. Has a dry roasted malty warming bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Light brown head. Smoke, light roast and has a fruity and nutty touch. Flavour as well smoked and roasty. Is a bit herbal and fruity. Medium to full bodied. Dry. Roasty alcoholdense herbal bitter end. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30765) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and light powdery, strange fruity too. Roasted malt, chocolate and slight powdery flavoured. Smooth chocolate flavoured and vague fruity flavoured finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle. Thornbridge are fantastic. This was not massively my thing but I still enjoyed it. Dark brown with light (but still quite dark) brown head, it did lighten though after a while. Got a strange herby medicinal twinge and a strange texture. Something about this just didn’t move me but it is a good brew. And a good thing, it seems to pack the power of a CroCop LHK.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, madmitch76]
... my 5,000th rating!
[bottle # 1460]
Pours deep opaque black with a magnificent, creamy, cappucino head with a slight yellow hue. Heavy aroma, lots of sweetness, honey, nuts, Nutella, hazel, chestnuts, flowers, roasted malts, grassy hops. A good amount of oak as well. Medium to low carbonation, wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is exceptional. This is so different, and so good! Nuts are everywhere, some honey, chestnut, hazel, walnuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, flowers and a mild bitterness. Relatively sweet, but there is so much in here. Liqourice, hay, grass, oak, coffee, vinious and lightly warming. This was surely the right choice for my 5,000th :o)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34404) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ Kelly Tasting @ The Coach & Horses, Sheffield Road, Dronfield, South Yorkshire, England S18 2GD.
Clear medium to dark black color with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, light heavy hoppy, flowers, perfume, grass, lemon, soap. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090418]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Black with a brown head. Coffee and smoky rich loveliness in the aroma. Rich, double cream flavours. Light and sweet. Drinkable.for the %. Lightly bitter, darned lovely. Very heady woodiness and deep complexities. Easy booziness and a sweet fizz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle (500ml). Shared by and with (at least) harrisoni, reakt, MagicDave, Duff - others? I think I have Ian to thank for this one - wow, what a beer! Black pour, smallish creamy head, brown and almost greenish. Aroma - ROAST! - nutty, dry, slightly boozy, cocoa, and lots and lots of dry herbal bitterness. The taste follows - roast nutmeat (chestnut), sweet, carbonized overroast caramel, chocolate toffee, fairly strong alcohool, almost treacly but all shielded by brawny and brash shifting herbal bitterness, God that’s good stuff. Slick, thick, definitely oily mouthfeel, a treat on the tongue, this one really grips your palate and takes it for a ride - very stout-y but unique for sure: excellent beer, truly a 4+ brew.

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