Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 464   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUN 11, 2015
Glass courtesy of fellow-Meetjeslandian PriorL@Tilquin English Beer Festival’15, merci maat! Opaque dark brown pour. Smells like a slowly opening chalky milk stout, releasing damp muscovado and fruit sugars as it sits. Strangely spicy in taste, with an earthy tobacco leaf dryness underneath, a host of fruit caramels and muscovado sugars, contoured by a natural ("organic") wet pasture/manureish yeast profile and a bit of an abv burn. The missing link between Doppelbock, Belgian Dark Ale (Gulden Draak) and UK old ale? Hard to gauge, might revisit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2015
Sample at Tilquin Englisch Beer Festival 2015. Thanks for sharing! APPEARANCE: black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, coffee, malty. TASTE: choclate, coffee, malty, bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4364) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2015
16.9oz bottle. Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of jasmine, raw honey, leather, raisin, bread, licorice, and roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, smoke, honey, licorice, toast, and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4571) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle. The look is dark, brown to black in color, and has a tan head. The smell is honey, herbal, throat lozenge, sweet, floral, licorice, raisin, leather, and nice. The taste is malty, roast, leather, licorice, bitter, floral, plum, and jam.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guiroul33 (255) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2015
Draft @ Tilquin English Beer Festival 2015. Very good honey notes predominate the aromas and in the taste which goes perfectly with this kind of dark complex brew. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (1296) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2015
Draft at Tilquin English Beerfestival. Lots of caramel, bitter chocolate, high alcohol, nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moolesen (356) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
Bottle 50cl. Pitch black with a caramel coloured head. Very intense aroma of subtle chocolate, roasted malt and tar. This is what I call a rich beer. Full bodied, dark chocolate, espresso and some dried fruit. Very nice. Long lasting finish. Perfectly in balance with a pleasant bitterness. An absolute superb beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cervmagpt (485) - PORTUGAL - APR 23, 2015
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 19B, adapted). Bottle 50 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: aroma of sweet coffee (cappuccino, coffe and milk), black liquorice, dark chocolate, slight roasted cereals and faint wallnuts. soft alcohol aroma on the background. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color and opaque. brown average head with average retention. alcohol derived viscosity with some lacing. TASTE: initial prominent coffee and dark chocolate with a supportive moderatly sweet background. notes of black liquorice and a faint wallnut note. apparent low hop derived bitterness altough the finish is bitter from the roasted malts. finishes semi-dry with a long coffee-like and nutty aftertaste. PALATE: velvety texture with a medium-full body. smooth alcohol warming. OVERALL: an outstanding and complex dark ale that should be enjoyed at a very slow pace. higly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fkoolen (670) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
Bottle at Van Moll, Eindhoven. Deep dark brown color, brown head. Great rich nose and taste with coffee and chocolate, dried fruits, honey, vanilla and bourbon. Incredible lingering aftertaste with sweet coffee and caramel tones. Low carbonation, big body and creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bill Becker (610) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 12, 2015
Looks pretty stoutish..black with a small tan head, poured slowly. The lacing is pretty impressive. The smell is big time, umm, roasty, nutty, chocolaty, smell some licorice, coffee..yummy. As bold as the aromas permeating my nosebuds are, the taste takes it up a notch. Hazelnuts and coffee abound, licorice is there but plays a minor role. This is really quite bitter and right at the end, I get a bit of a smoky character. It’s not overly heavy in the body. More like what I’ve seen mentioned...velvety smooth. Spot on carbonation. This just plain blows me away with how good it is and how drinkable it is. At 9% abv, there’s no alcohol in the taste at all. Just a wee bit of warming on a morning, here in Casper, where it’s BLOODY SNOWING and there was no warning. Cheers!

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