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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ Kelly Tasting @ The Coach & Horses, Sheffield Road, Dronfield, South Yorkshire, England S18 2GD.
Clear medium to dark black color with a average to large, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, light heavy hoppy, flowers, perfume, grass, lemon, soap. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090418]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted and light powdery, strange fruity too. Roasted malt, chocolate and slight powdery flavoured. Smooth chocolate flavoured and vague fruity flavoured finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29286) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, lending it a bit of acidity combined with something funky. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt and soy sauce, and again somethin funky, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours completely opaque black with a dense light brown head. Weird spicy and herbal aroma. Quite full-bodied, very hard roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Fairly malt bitter finish. 240709

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Black coloured with a small brown head. Roasted aroma of caramel, liquorice and dark chocolate. Fruity and light roasted flavour of dark chocolate and liquorice with notes of hops. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20322) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
Bottled (beers of europe). Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is fruity bubble gum, honey, liquorice, mild ashes, syrup and ripe berries. Flavour is ashes, liquorice, mild fruity bubble gum along with some lavendel and mild nuttyness. Also some leathery notes (thomas fawcett peat malts?)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19371) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
Bottled. Near black, small head. Erathy licorice aroma. Dry and salty with near full bodyand clean rounded mouthfeel. Plenty of licorice and coffee. salty resiny bitterness in a mildly warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty honey and coffee aroma with some nutty hints. Thick sweetish very bitter chocolate flavor with hints of smoke. Has a dry roasted malty warming bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
20th December 2008. Champagne yeast in here as well! Thick black beer with a chocolate brown head. Dark roasty stout flavours offset by a nice silky smoothness that is very slightly sweet. Riding alongside is a pronounced nuttyness. Slightly bitter dry finish with a warming afterglow. An imperial chesnut stout?!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiulijn (14533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013
2013-03-11, bb 27.02.2017, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Still with greatness; but the aroma shows also soapy traces. Very rich and complex chocolate and honey beer.

2012-06-28, bb 27.02.2017, 10-5-9-4-19=47
Very dark color, close to black, with creamy brownish head. The mix of malts incredibly enhances the chestnut honey, with all its woody notes, and a touch of forest smoke; there are some roasted malts, and trace of phenols; dry cookies; harmonious and complex; really fantastic.
Very good body structure, the mouthfeel is quite round but not thick; rich dark chocolate flavor, with other components coming in waves; layers of smoke, roasted malt, liquorice, chestnut honey, wood, hints of tar and quality coffee; it has a moderate residual sweetness; strong bitterness with comforting alcohol warmth.
Immense beer.

The perfect beer to celebrate Italy victory on Germany tonight (European Championship 2012).

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