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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
_angst_ (4395) - Göteborg, - JAN 27, 2013
500 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy dark brown with a rather small creamy mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet with toasted malts, rubber, asphalt, vanilla fudge, rubber, cereal, liquorice fudge, pine, wood, prunes, raisins, alcohol, cereal and hints of low quality milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with caramel, sweet dark bread, pine, freshly cut grass, resinous wood, sweet liquorice candy, bitter chocolate, rubber, asphalt, orange peal, alcohol, pine, lemon zest, sweet liquorice candy, sassafras and hints of sweetened dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, pine, orange peal, asphalt, rubber, sweet liquorice candy and hints of citrus. A big disappointment... A bad bottle perhaps?


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1700) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2016
Black body with a tan head. Malty and strong aroma of dark caramel, chocolate, herbs, dark and complex honey notes (very far from light heather honey!), and dark dried fruits in the back. Strong flavour of dark caramel, bitter chocolate, dark honey and dark roasted malt, with a peaty whisky-like alcoholic background. Moderate sweet initial taste with a moderate bitter and long-lasting finish. Full-bodied and oliy with a soft carbonation. Great! And dark!
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 6 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (171) - FINLAND - JUL 22, 2016
Hyvin tummanruskea/musta olut todella runsaalla, mokkaisella ja paksua pitsiä jättävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa suolaista salmiakkisuutta, maltaisuutta, tammisuutta ja hunajaa. Hieman portviinimainen ote. Maku paahteinen, salmiakkinen, suupielet makeaksi saava, loppupuoleltaan kahvinen ja katkerampi. Täyteläinen suutuntuma, alkoholi ei tunnu lainkaan. Yllättävän pehmeää ja helppoa juotavaa, vaikka hitaasti nautiskeltava olut onkin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (2147) - CROATIA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle, 500 ml, courtesy of Miro B. Shared with him and JFK 10000. Pours black with tan head. Roasted malts, bit nutty, liquorice, chocolate. Warming, sweet, dry, complex. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Dark brown color. Oranges, cacao, nuts and roasted aromas. Roasted flavors with chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, spice. Very complex. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enteogenisk (125) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2016 Bottle in wine glass. I was surprised by how dark this is. Like a porter. The aroma is slight with licorice and hops coming through quite strong on the palate. The high ABV burns nicely with the heavy bitterness refreshing yet dark malt base. Great beer, that?s for sure.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (803) - POLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Piana beżowa, sycząca, grubo oczkowa, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa ciemno brązowo rubinowa, nieprzejrzysta. Aromat nietuzinkowy i nieczęsto spotykany - głównie czuć tu miód, ale ciemny miód gryczany najwyższej jakości, melasę, świeże figi, rodzynki, bardzo wyraźny wosk pszczeli... W smaku fajna słodycz suszonych owoców przechodzi w całkiem sporą goryczkę migdałowo orzechową, przyjemną, następnie pojawia się palony karmel, toffi, wiśnie, marcepan w mlecznej czekoladzie, a całość spina likier kawowy. Gdzieś w afterteasie są też nuty winne, porto, sherry... Wysycenie średnie do niskiego, drobne, przyjemnie kremowa, gładka konsystencja.
Niezwykle rozbudowane i skomplikowane piwo, które jednak pije się bardzo przyjemnie. Bogactwo smaków i aromatów jest zadziwiające, przy tym trunek wydaje się jednak bardzo ułożony i przyjemny. Dla mnie mogłoby być nieco nagazowane.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5407) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Pours deep mahogany tinged brown into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Licorice and soy aromas. Thick with dark caramel, licorice and soy upfront turning to rich mocha in the warm, lasting finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (2039) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2016
deep dark brown colour with some ruby notes, medium sized creamy beige head; aroma of chocolate, dried berries, raisins, some honey, red wine, roasted sugar, herbal notes and hints of smoke; taste of dark chocolate, berries, raisins, herbal liqueur notes and hints of orange peel oils and grapefruit; really good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
digitalviking (85) - - MAY 25, 2016
Real nice, I probably payed a bit too much for it, but oh well. Alcohol was well masked and the honey distinguished it a bit but wasn’t too obvious. Reminds me of Old Rasputin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1121) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 3, 2016
0.5l bottle. Black body, thick light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, orange zest, caramel, coffee, smoke and reisins. Taste of chocolate, smoke, orange zest and floral hops. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Very nice.


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