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


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RATINGS: 524   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cagou007 (1110) - FRANCE - AUG 21, 2016
Pours black with thick and compact brown head. Nose is cream and chocolate. Aromas are roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, licorice, with a spicy note. Low carbonation, full body. Long spicy and roasty finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
artemb (836) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 2, 2016
Look: black, opaque, strong dark head. Aroma is very rich and complex: cellar earthy notes, buckwheat, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate. Taste: moderate sweet with complex bitterness (spicy, hoppy, alcoholyc). Flavour: moulded cheese, mature cheese, dark honey, molasses, buckweat, ash, woody vanilla notes, light smoked notes, tar. Bitter warming finish. Very good and complex and unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1849) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mice (889) - FINLAND - JUL 22, 2016
Hyvin tummanruskea/musta olut todella runsaalla, mokkaisella ja paksua pitsi jttvll vaahdolla. Tuoksussa suolaista salmiakkisuutta, maltaisuutta, tammisuutta ja hunajaa. Hieman portviinimainen ote. Maku paahteinen, salmiakkinen, suupielet makeaksi saava, loppupuoleltaan kahvinen ja katkerampi. Tytelinen suutuntuma, alkoholi ei tunnu lainkaan. Yllttvn pehme ja helppoa juotavaa, vaikka hitaasti nautiskeltava olut onkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (3282) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (543) - Mora, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enteogenisk (162) - Blsta, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (1198) - POLAND - JUN 30, 2016
Piana beżowa, sycząca, grubo oczkowa, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa ciemno brązowo rubinowa, nieprzejrzysta. Aromat nietuzinkowy i nieczęsto spotykany - głwnie czuć tu mid, ale ciemny mid gryczany najwyższej jakości, melasę, świeże figi, rodzynki, bardzo wyraźny wosk pszczeli... W smaku fajna słodycz suszonych owocw 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, ktre jednak pije się bardzo przyjemnie. Bogactwo smakw i aromatw jest zadziwiające, przy tym trunek wydaje się jednak bardzo ułożony i przyjemny. Dla mnie mogłoby być nieco nagazowane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5732) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (2433) - 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!

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