Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 389   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (866) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUN 25, 2014
BOTTLE 50CL Look: pitch black , espresso frothy to creamy head. Aroma: rich black malts, chocolaty, something totally hard to get sweet-vegetal-caramelized (is this the chestnut honey?), fresh-cut pumpkin, light alcohol, dark dried fruit. Taste: intense, sweet and chocolaty, dried fruit, nutty, spicy alcohol byte and potent bitterness.

Unique and intense. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 22, 2014
0,5L bottle, BB 24.10.18. Pours dark brown-black with brown head. The head stays. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruits, and malt. Taste is sweet and bitter, raisins, dark chocolate, and roast. Finish is dark chocolate bitter with some sweetness and alcohol. Overall: very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2210) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2014
24.03.2013, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Fyldig sødmerik lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, salt lakris, mørk frukt, alkohol, kaffi, karamell, mørk sjokolade. Fyldig lett tørr og sødmerik smak med preg av mørk malt, humle, lakris, kaffi, bitter sjokolade, mørk frukt, brent karamell. Middels bitterhet som set godt. Veldig god.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wlajwl (3936) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Aroma is dark malts, earthy, chocolate, roasted notes and mildly spicy. The flavor is dark malts, honey, roasted/spicy notes and a mildly sour/bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidmartinek (3736) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Black. Glassy tan head. Aroma and flavor of barley syrup, oak and alcohol. Very smooth on the palate with a foamy dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7804) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle. Peat smoke, chestnut, and dark chocolate/coffee, and malt aroma. Dark brown with small head. Sweet burnt peat, dark chocolate, raisin, and barley malt flavor. Moderately bitter ash and herbal finish. Very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle boosted @ the Royal Mile, just this evening!
Pours black with a huge fluffy tan head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich, sweet & floral with nice honey tones. It’s pleasantly but lightly roasty and has just a touch of smoke.

The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma, it’s got a nice coffee like roastiness, a medium but well suited level of bitterness, some floral & rich honey notes are featured as well. The beer has some spicy alcohol & the peatiness of the beer intensifies as it warms.

Really enjoyable stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1435) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Pours black with low off white head Aromas of dark fruits, tar, coffee, alcohol, dried fruits Taste has coffee, chocolate, peat, bread, brown sugar, dark fruits

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Patrickctenchi (3847) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle: Labeled as 9.0% Purple-black with a thick, dark tan head. Chocolate wine, cherry aroma.....molasses, wood, smoke. Taste is equally complex....peat, vinous dark fruit, chocolate, ash, malt... Sweet, with a slow, warming alcohol presence... I’d tend to call this an Imperial Stout..... An exceptionally excellent one, at that. Outstanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (3273) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2014
Very dark brown color with dark brown head that fads away at a moderate pace without lacing. The nose shows immense intensity of dark chocolate, tobacco leaves, roasted malt, molasses, peat, smoke, wood and dark fruit. Amazing depth. The body is not as full as I excepted with lots of tar, peat, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, raisins, molasses. Modestly sweet. The honey balance out the flavors. Very intense, but for 10% the alcohol is well hidden in the mouth until you get to the finish and it has a very warming sensation that just lasts and lasts. Moderately aggressive hop bitterness in the end with lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt and a touch of honey. A true masterpiece that I would only fault for lacking the body I want, but otherwise a world class imperial stout. I need to cellar some of these. I am rating again 30 minutes into the beer. The beer has more body as it warms, but also becomes more sweet, on the verge of too sweet. Also, I notice more port characters. I won’t change my rating, but interesting to see how things change.

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