Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
langeveld12 (429) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2015
Pours an average light brown frothy head that mostly diminishes. Body is black. Aroma contains moderate malts (dark bread, hay, roasted and burnt malts, molasses, chocolate, coffee, nuts), moderate hops (resin, herbs, citrus fruits), light yeasts (dough, barnyard) and grape, raisin, plum, honey and licorice. Flavor is ligh acidic, then light acidic, sweet and light bitter, followed by sweet and bitter and finishing in bitter. Body is full with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Great bear for a winter evening. Full bodied, subtle and enough complexity to make it better than average. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3564) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2015
Aroma: toasted malts, caramel, alcohol. Appearance: black, medium, beige, creamy head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: bitters intensify, toasted malts intensify, caramel, toffee, turning quite dry in the finish, full body, soft carbonation. Overall: very nice Tradional Ale, full bodied, immensely complex. Bottle from Wittich Weine und Biere, Olten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10934) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
Draught @ Haand Ølfestival 2015, Drammen
Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, malty, roasted and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turboninja (478) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Tap@Konttori, Tampere, Finland. Medium/strong aroma with dark fruits, coffee, some chocolate and plum. Pitch black color with small thick beige head. Strong balanced taste of coffee, chocolate, cherry and malts. Organic and sophisticated. Wide taste spectrum and long hoppy malty aftertaste with some chocolate and malts. Strong body with medium carbonation. Overall high quality and strong product with too much carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2675) - GREECE - JUL 15, 2015
500ml bottle. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, spicy - herbal, mint or something similar, perfume, licorice, dark fruits. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1762) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Thornbridge Hall Bracia has a medium, tan head, and a black appearance. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is strong- dark malt, coffee, chocolate, coal, sweet black bread, dark fruits, and some licorice. Taste is strong, too, and is of all those elements, with bitterness from the burnt malts, cream, and booze (cream sherry?). It uses honey, but we didn’t pick that up. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Thornbridge Hall Bracia finishes semi-wet and warming from the high abv. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (1040) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2015
tap @ Konttori
Dark brown, almost black beer with fluffy pale brown head. Aroma has coffee, licorice, vanilla, toffee, light roastiness and dark fruits. Flavor has toffee, licorice and coffee with light roastiness. Palate is medium full with quite strong carbonation. Finish has mild bitterness and feel of alcohol. Aftertaste has licorice, dark fruits and dark sugary sweetness. Porter meets English Barley Wine / Strong Ale. Not that special but maybe a noisy pub on a summer day was not the correct environment for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
klm1 (876) - - JUL 1, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 Black opaque colour with brown, creamy and fim head. Practically without visual carbonation. Aroma: Alcohol note is in second plan, namely notes of malts, especially of chocolate and coffee, dominate. But you can also detect hops: some notes of tropical fruits, herbs... Taste: Presence of alcohol is well hidden, on the other side notes of hops (tropical notes) are evident. Hop bitterness is medium, almost high, malt sweetness medium. You can detect chocolate, tobacco, honey, pine, molases... Body is full and adhesiv, bitterness is surprisingly high, hop bitterness in finish also. Complex beer. Very good beer, for surly the best brew made by Thornbridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
killroy (110) - BULGARIA - JUL 1, 2015
Pours pitch black with tan, creamy head. Aroma of coffee, caramel and dark fruits. Taste is deep, some honey, chocolate with little bitterness in the finish. Excellent one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jyrsa (481) - - JUN 24, 2015
Black with a brownish head. Nose has coffee, burnt and nuts. Whiskey-like smoke and alcohol with lots of coal. A long burnt after taste.

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