Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 515   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. 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leftside (5) - - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
Pours a beautiful dark brown with minimal brown head. Aroma is mainly of roasted nuts and hints of chocolate. Taste is delightfully complex; the initial taste is sweet, nutty and roasted and morphs into good hoppy heaviness. The standout aspect of the beer is its rich, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is long - devastating. Overall, a brilliant beer to nurse for a good hour over a book or good conversation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
COUGNOUX (32) - arlon, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2013
Riche,dense,consistant mais subtile,complexe en armes et en saveurs ;fruits noirs-prunes- caf torrfi noir - noir , amertume persistante en bouche mais bien agrable ..ALcool bien prsent aussi ; lgrement fume ,tourbe; vraiment du bon travail !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niksko (609) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a dark opaque brown with two fingers light brown head. Nose is strong coffee, slightly sweet and a little barnyard funk. Flavor is complex. A reasonably light sweet attack, sweet prunes and peach on the mid palate, and bitter coffee and more dark fruit on the finish. Mouth feel is silky and full bodied. Really delightful. Sweetness throughout is pleasant but not cloying. A big treat.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4649) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An inky black thick oily beer with a powerful liquorice and paint?! aroma. It has liquorice, blackcurrant and red fruity flavours with slight chocolate and smooth vanilla on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
500ml bottle from Santa. Pours rich dark brown with beautiful tan head. Very nice looking beer. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, nuts, rich dark malts, and a little peat. Flavors of rich dark malts, toffee, chocolate, bit of smoke, fair amount of dark fruit, touch of coffee and nuttyness. Has nice bitterness. Body is a little thinner than it looks, but there is a lot going on with brew. Nice level of complexity. Nice surprise and delicious beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Embrouille (2843) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Bottled 50cl. Pitch black with a small beige head. Incredibly inviting complex nose. Great (mainly roasted) malt profile. Good bitterness. Lovely honey notes. Hints of wild strawberries. Full bodied. A great beer with plenty of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3749) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
500 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served almost cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep mahogany (almost black) with a nice deep mocha head. Aroma: Very deep and dark, black cherries, fairly fruity, molasses and treacle, very dark rye bread crust, some booze, big stuff! Palate: Medium-full body, full, slightly aggressive effervescence. Flav.: Huge, a ton of rich, dark, thick maltiness, quite fruity, more of the black cherries, molasses and treacle, dark chocolate, tree fruits, alcohol sting, wow; sweet with pretty good bitterness and a very long, inky, mouth-coating finish.

Not a beer to be taken lightly!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2853) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Bottle (and later draft) at Farmers Cabinet. Pitch black pour with a thick brown head. Black gummy raisin syrup. Spectacular! Saddle leather. Raisin pie. Liquorice. Sweet car engine. Dark black juicy flavors. Some peat. Dark, full and tremendous! Bit more smokey flavor appears as it warms. More than worth a try but may prove challenging to some. The chestnut flavor is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
bottle. darker pour. notes of dried fruits, raisins, chocolate , light coffee and good dose of peat/smoke. Quite flavorful, very complex. warming. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
_angst_ (4560) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2013
500 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy dark brown with a rather small creamy mocha head that doesnt 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?

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