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%
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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kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012

Date: October 06, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Beerfest, HOToberfest 2012
Appearance: clear dark brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity chocolate aroma, hint of sour mash tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, candy caramel sweetness, just a touch of balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

Scopey (14734) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
2 year old bottle, originally purchased at Real Ale, Twickenham. It pours jet black, with a medium tan head. The nose is spice, liquorice, strong smell of tortilla chips, roasted malt, light smoke, alcohol, figs, date, prune and earth. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, wood, nut, earth, tortilla chips, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherry cola, charcoal, tar, light smoke and some underlying alcohol warmth, with rich, roasty finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Complex and flavoursome. Rich, luxurious and indulgent...

ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a thick black body with a big, dense creamy beige head. Looks real good. Aroma is dark malts, raisins, leather, molasses-coated almonds, nuts, honey and hints of chestnuts and wood. Highly original and very pleasant. Taste is chestnuts, honey (very present), dark malts, bitter dry grass tones, chocolate, molasses and hints of burnt toast and smoke. Thick body, medium carbonation. Lovely stuff, and highly original; I don’t think I’ve ever had this kind of beer before. Also, I happen to have a jar of chestnut honey from Spain at home, enabling me to easily identify the characteristic flavors (which I’ve otherwise would have interpreted as something entirely different, I guess). A real autumn treat and a true gem of traditional ales, will definitely buy this again.

Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
50Cl Bottle @ RBBSG. Black coloured beer with a small off whiteh ead. Strong spicy almost roasted hinted aroma. Full palate. FInish is malty roasted. Very enjoyable.

Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle from Lakeview Liquors. A stout and a mead. Black with a bubbly head. New Zealand honey is a noticeably premium honey and here. Lacey. Wickedly Smooth mouthfeel. Chestnuts, a bit intense flavour in the finish. Good drinkability, something unique and special.

Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 (Merci Pat!) Je la verse: Brun sombre qui se transforme en noir une fois dans le verre, surmonté d’une magnifique tête bien vissé sur le liquide épais. Je la respire: Tabac enduit de mélasse avec une touche de résine de pin, un côté mielleux vient également aguicher mes cils nasaux. Je la bois: Adam!?!? Non pas tout à fait même si son corps et sa personnalité lui ressemblent, son âme elle, est un peu différente. Cuir et tabac sont macérés dans les sucres foncés, le chocolat, les noisettes et le miel se déchaînent à travers des saveurs sombres, le tout enrobé d’une pellicule houblonnée. Le corps est bien collant et riche et ne veut absolument pas qu’on sache son taux d’alcool. De plus en plus balancé à chaque gorgée.

Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
Glass bottle from Vinmonopolet, Bergen. Colour: Very dark, brown foam. Rich palate. Very "dark" aromas; coffee, dark chocolate. Honey comes through, although not in an unpleasantly sweet way. The high alcohol level does not dominate the flavor. Not my genre, but for people who like porter, should be right up their alley.

Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2012
500 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Small light brown head. Rich roasted aroma, peat smoked malts, spicy sharp herbs and sugary honey flavours. Very intense flavours. High complexity. Lots of smoke and layers of herbs. Some coffee as well. Nicely balanced. Very complex, not cloying, but intense. There’s quite a bit of hops here, something that’s noticeable in the finish, which is quite bitter and the hop bitterness lingers a long time. Very nice.

tmrmwel (2089) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Aiaiai… This beauty pours black with a big, creamy and coloured head. Ahhh…, good complex aroma with a nice sweet timber woodiness, as well as peated seaside. Sort of like a nice oaky wine cellar in a worn, tar-ish boathouse. Notes of vanilla, berries, coffee and chocolate. Not too much honey here, but a lot of sweetness from dark fruits. Full, sticky body, with a velvety yet dry feel, and soft to no carbonation. Flavour is sweet, with burned malt, peat, coffee and liquorice, leaving a nice long bitter burned finish. Fantastic stuff, definitely worth tracking down!

ej (1330) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
Pours near black and opaque. Half inch of creamy, dense, beige foam. Aroma of vanilla and vine gum. Some peach and very subtle roastyness. Interesting! The beer is oily and creamy on the palate and tastes roasty and sweet malty at first but with a solid and lasting bitter finish. Some spice is present, but not overwhelming in any way. Subtle hints of smoke in the aftertaste.. softly carbonated and full, rich body. Awesome beer :-)

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