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100
100
style
Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Ashford in the Water, England

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RATINGS: 537   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. 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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HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor at the Thornbridge tasting. Pours oily black with a short, khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel, and a sweet smokiness. Taste opens up a thick chocolate body with a nice roasty background, travels through the mouth with a touch of caramel and coffee, leaving a lingering aftertaste of cocoa and almost a caramel peat. A really pleasant, sweet smokiness. Proved to be different to the standard coffee/chocolate stout, good to see.

4.1
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours very dark with a small, sticky tan head. Nose shows smoke instantly. As it opens up, a fair bit of sweetness comes out but it’s a balanced sweetness. Almost like sweet hickory smoke with some heavy caramel and powdery chocolate in there too. Very complex stuff - firewood, dark chocolate, powdered chocolate, sweet & sticky honey, peat, toffee. Finishes with a very caramelised/honey forward peatiness right on the back end with a touch of coconut. Works extremely well and I can see why this is so highly regarded. Very solid stuff

3.9
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle at mane liquor thornbridge tasting night. Pours a dark brown/black with a frothy tanned head. Nose is quite interesting. Nutmeg and bitter chocolate with dark roasty malts. Taste is much more of the same. Heaps of dark chocolate malts coming through even a touch of coconut towards the end of the palate. Fucking interesting beer Im finding it hard to describe. Would definitely recommend trying for pure complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
DenverLogan (1220) - LA, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
From 500 ml bottle. Poured in a Rader tulip glass. Pours black with brown head. Aroma of chestnuts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, honey. Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of bitter chocolate, honey grahams, milk balls, alcohol, liquid smoke, burnt roasted malts, molasses, cream of tartar, rosemary. Overall a big and bold brew with lots of dark roasty notes, significant alcohol, chocolates.

3.7
knickskicks (1162) - - AUG 8, 2013
Dark brown almost black pour, creamy tan head. Nose is prunes, figs, booze. Taste is booze, prunes, chocolate syrup, very sweet. Lingering sticky sweetness. Sticky smooth mouthfeel.

3.1
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Bottled Winter 2010. Black with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, perfume, flowers, hazelnuts and honey. The flavor is equally complex. I get a lot of perfume and cocoa notes, but they are complimented by the hazelnuts, sweet honey, black licorice and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.2
jtclockwork (16603) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of honey, floral, dark fruit in chocolate, cappuccino, chestnut and chocolate covered orange peel. Medium body.

4.4
TET (3034) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2013
A black beer with a beautiful, creamy, medium and brown head. The nose is enjoyable and balanced, roastiness, liquirice, strong salt liquirice, also some dark fruits and even port wine, alcohol can be sensed but not smelled. Taste is intensive, lots of salt liquirice, roastiness, dark fruits, warming alcohol, hint of coffee. Lots of sweetness, but it is balanced with bitterness and also other very intensive flavours. Strong bitterness dries the end and the aftertaste is roasted, slightly herbal and very long. Full bodied, low carbonation, very smooth to drink, but slightly sticky in the lips. The great beer, very intensive and complex.

4.5
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Aroma is delightful and roasty. Great malts, toffee, chestnuts, honey, and chocolate. Pours black with a small short lived brown head. Taste is wonderful with toffee, chocolate, ginger snaps, licorice, roast malt and amazing caramel. The beer feels full and rich without showing its booze. Wonderful treat.

4.7
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 24, 2013
Dark brown, almost black with edges of ruby. Frothy mocha coloured head, medium lasting. Big aromas - port, oak, cherries, cassis, honey, hazelnut, cereal, coffee and milk chocolate. Really lovely. Intense flavours and rich, lush mouthfeel, getting resiny dark chocolate, nuts, coffee. Carbonation is soft, buts its there. Huge body on this, so rich. Finish is intensely complex, chocolate and coffee, liquorice, some piney bitterness and a nice dose of warming alcohol. This is truly lovely.


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