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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Ashford in the Water, England

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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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. Thornbridges 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (2024) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle. Black body, with a medium, creamy, tan head, that wont last very long. Complex aroma of honey, nuts, dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, wood, smoke, bitter honey, dried fruits, rum. Mouthfeel is full, oily, with a medium carbonation and it finishes complex, alcoholic, bitter-roasty and dry, with honey, coffee, cocoa beans, earth, wood, smoke. What a complex beer! The honey notes are really interesting, as they arent sweet at all and add even more complexity. A heavy beer, that you can only enjoy slowly, but it reveals more and more dark aromas as it warms up.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdan (260) - USA - MAR 1, 2014
Dark with nice generous soft head. Aroma chocolate & roasted notes. Taste bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt. Full body, low carb, finish bittersweet. Reminds me of Brooklyn chocolate stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (10072) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Silky and nearly black with a dense brown head. Sweet honey and hazelnut and Maple Cookies, just a kiss of smoke, birch syrup. Rich and complex and incredibly balanced. Superb.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lonick (1787) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle @home (catching up on my back-log and ive had the bottle for approx one year). Pours black with a tan head. Nice Co2 , not huge on the nose, understated, malty, a touch of coffee also a hint of sweetness. It come a live on the palate. Huge liquorice, big coffee, fruity (dark dried fruits) the alcohol is there but i would not say it was 10% badboy. Slight sherry kick also chocolate coming through with a nutty bitter finish. This is one hell of a beer. Just wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 15, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous beer. Jet black like an Imperial Stout when poured into the tulip glass. Brown head, small, nice lacing. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, honey, anise, taste is the same. Velvet mouthfeel, finish is extraordinary. Amazing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4646) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks ArizviSG. Black with tan head. Wine, ink and gouache paint aroma, inky, bitter, slightly dry and slightly roasty in the mouth, full body, sleek, light carbonation and a little roasty finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (2071) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Pours bkack with beige head. Aroma is roasted, licorice, chocolate, bread and nuts. Flavour is medium to heavy bitter, light sweet, roasted and licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
k92488 (464) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
Mrk farge brunkt skum. Smak av malt, sjokolade, honning. Lukter malt og sjokolade. Veldig god

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18734) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle, from Thornbridge Online, at the mass online Thornbridge/Oakham Tasting of 11/02/14. Pitch black with a mahoosive dirty tan head - utter filth in fact, this subsided after a few mintutes to leave a covering and edgework, finally ending up as the shape of a scary hedgehog. Nose is chocolate malt, spice, herbal tang, chocolate biscuits, dark fruits on the turn. Taste comprises bitter chocolate, earthy hopped backbone, spice, herbal, light shades of that Hungarian Zwak affair a la light creosote, bitter dark fruit rinds. Medium bodied carbonation is a little prickly but helps this 10% number drink more easily. So I let this one warm up over an hour or so and it didnt improve the flavours massively. Solid for style, drinkable for 10%, but not one Id rush back to time and again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1184) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2014
500 mL bottle supplied by Leighton for our IP trade. Many thanks! To oversized brandy snifter, it pours a deep, dark purplish brown with which a quickly-diminishing tan khaki ringed head, 1 finger in length, rested atop. Aromas of prunes, toasted breadcrumbs, hazelnut butter, oak, blackstrap molasses, butternut squash pure, autumnal leaves, burnt leather, booze, sugarcane, red licorice, and sourdough. Tastes the same with the addition of peat smoke, spearmint, melted wax, and marsh rosemary by mid-palate. By swallow, its hinting at chestnuts, pine needles, semi-sweet chocolate, castagnaccio, stale coffee, raisins, and black lime. Citric acid also present. Bitey and versatile. Bloody fuckin good.


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