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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (1647) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2014
At a tasting, many thanks DSG, zvikar and Ariel, small beige head, totaly black colour, aroma of wax, old shoes, glue, hints of charred wood and roastiness, flavour of dark chocolate with hints of smoke, wax, charred wood and dirt, with some fruitiness coming and going, long and intense dark chocolate aftertaste. Intriguing beer which is quite difficult to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freiksenet (92) - - JAN 24, 2014
A: Deep black with some red tint. S: Caramel, whisky. T: Strong liquorice, alcohol really feels. Some acid, plum, lots of fruit. M: Oily, Tangy feeling in mouth. O: Complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5658) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black-colored with a light brown head. Aroma of dark malts, some roastiness, some chocolate, dark fruits and floral honey notes. Sweet flavor with a light acidic note, chocolate, a bit of honey, some dark fruits touches, mild roastiness and a finish with light hoppiness. Rather full-bodied, quite silky and rounded. Very good and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2648) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2013
On tap at bitter creek. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. Nose is roast malts smoke and some hops. Taste is smoke malts black licorice and some molasses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frahmo (270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2013
On tap at bittercreek, pitch black pour with little head. Nutty, bitter chocolate, a little ash. This guys assaults your tongue at first taste, then proceeds to mellow in roasted chocolate heaven. Awesome beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2331) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2013
On tap at BitterCreek Ale house black with a trace of a light tan head and a faiint dry roasted aroma. Big roasted flavor with lots of ash and soot. Almost ash-tray smokey nutty and dusty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Unde (338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Totally black beer with deep cinnamon coloured head on top. Aroma offers roasted malts, honey, nuts, syrup. Definitely a sweet one here. Pleasantly sweet beer. Roasted malts with honeyed nuts and bitter drying roasted feel in the end. Full body and medium carbonation. Pretty excellent honeyed ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andriesradu (461) - ROMANIA - DEC 16, 2013
50cl bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a nice brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet, chocolate, honey, quite complex. Flavor is sweet and bitter, also chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, alchool but not as much as you would expect from a 10% Traditional Ale. Full bodied and sticky, soft carbonation. Great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2000) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle from 2012. Dark brown with a small brown head. malty and nutty tones. malt, caramel, fruit, coffee and chocolate. Full body with a long, bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (5660) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle @ Maxs, courtesy of Valgreen, Thanks. Pours black with a fading creamy brown head. Aroma is malts, wood, little peat, light earthy, dark chocolate. Flavor is malt, nuts, peat, earthy, dark chocolate, burnt caramel bitter grapefruitlike hops. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, bitter finish with some warming alcohol. 121213

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