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

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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Masterful brew - classic Thornbridge: at once both defining and redefining a style. Rich and heady with the honey packing a punch. Not an imperial stout but a clear traditional ale. Not much else to say but this is one of the best english regular beers - file in the same category as VIntage Ale etc.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bjorn77 (273) - Krakw, POLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Aromat: mocny i słodki, czekolada, praliny, likier czekoladowy, kakao, melasa, suszone owoce: śliwki, jabłka, gruszki. Wygląd: ciemnobrązowe jak porter, nieprzejrzyste, gruby kożuch jasnobeżowej, średniopęcherzykowej piany, utrzymuje się długo. Smak: bardzo bogaty i złożony, jest w nim cała masa rżnych elementw. W smaku zdecydowanie słodkie, jest tu czekolada mleczna i gorzka, kakao, praliny. Bardzo wyraźny ciemny mid i suszone owoce- śliwki i gruszki, karmel, marcepan, nie ma tu palności tylko taka orzechowa gorycz. Jest tu dużo ciała, ale jest lżejsze od Risa, a przez to bardziej pijalne. Po chwili pojawiają się wiśnie w czekoladzie. Bardzo wykwintne, gładkie i aksamitne, świetnie ułożone, alkoholu jest dużo ale w ogle go nie czuć. Na finiszu likierowość i lekkie ściąganie na języku, jakby od dębowej beczki. Balans perfekcyjny. Bardzo wyjątkowe i wyśmienite piwo.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diabolique (25) - POLAND - APR 24, 2017
Bardzo subtelny mocarz. Cudowne nuty miodu spadziowego, czekolada, dojrzałe ciemne owoce, trochę kawy i alkoholu. W żaden sposb nieprzegięte, dla wielu może być, za mało intensywne, jednak dzięki wspomnianej wcześniej subtelności, możemy cieszyć się kompleksowością aromatu i smaku.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogniskowicz (836) - POLAND - APR 7, 2017
Aromat jest stonowany, ale szlachetny. Dominuje lekka nuta ziemista, do tego lekkie cappuccino, coś ala mid gryczany, orzechy włoskie, ziołowość chmielu i leciutka torfowa wędzoność. W smaku przede wszystkim bardzo gładkie, aksamitne, lekko kawowo-miodowe, ale pojawia się tutaj sporo nut ciemnych słodw (absolutnie bez żadnej paloności), karmelowych (bez słodyczy), leciutka torfowa wędzonka i świetna podbijająca pijalność goryczka, lekka, ale charakterna o zdecydowanie europejskim charakterze. A propos pijalności - to dziwadło ma 10% alkoholu, ktrego w ogle nie czuć. W ogle. A łyka chce się brać co chwilkę. Wciągające, nietuzinkowe, nie afiszujące się fajerwerkami, za to bardzo hmm... szlachetne piwo. Będę musiał natychmiast uzupełnić zapas w piwniczce.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steasy66 (1124) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2017
2012 bottle, cellar temp. Pours looking like bourbon county, black with really deep brown head. Smells like Surly 3. Sweet, dried cherry, honey. Flavor has a lot of roasty malt,hints of chocolate, hints of stone fruit. Body is medium heavy. What a strange, enjoyable beer.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BenL8 (166) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 14, 2017
Alright, I am finally getting around to rating this one. I have to admit that I utterly love this beer, and I have ever since I had my first sip of it about 2 years ago. Pouring it in the glass it already looks great. Very similar to an imperial stout in appearance - completely black with a small mocha-coloured head. The aroma is farther removed from an impy though. While it has the same kind of complexity and intensity of the former, the Bracia is not as roasty and boasts a unique aroma due to the addition of chestnut honey. This makes it sweet but adds a twist normal honey wouldnt. The chestnut honey aroma also blends perfectly with the malt base, which is dark and chocolatey and I even smell the peat (but that may be cause I know its in there). Mouthfeel is rather thick and oily and rich. Flavours are intense and complex with many layers, just like the aroma. Not as sweet as the latter the chestnut honey still shines through. Other flavours include coffee and licorice, a bit of a woody and a peaty note and also chocolate notes from the dark malts. Finishes long and caramelly/toasty with a bittersweet twist. The chestnut honey flavour remains. What an amazing beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (2912) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle at the Oxford University Club. Darker brown than black with a huge tan head. Salted caramel and hazelnut pervade the luscious aroma. Bittersweet taste with an intense meaty saltiness. Marmite and soy play with bittersweet chocolate in the aftertaste. Exciting and original.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beton (585) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Butelka. Aromat urzekający i potężny. Mid z dobrej pasieki, śliwki, takie wędzone. Duża słodycz, ciemne słody a wraz z nimi czekolada, toffi. Nos zapowiada, a usta mają ucztę. Powtrzenie wszystkiego co znajdujemy w zapachu. Dodatkowym atutem jest idealne wysycenie i balans piwa oraz jego aksamitność. Czekolada, orzechy włoskie, lukrecja, mid i wędzona śliwka. Piwo wykwintne, wytrawne.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pilsnertest (261) - SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle at home. 2013 or 2014 vintage. Had it new also but this is definitely a beer to age! Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, dark rye bread, brown sugar, violet, plum and dried fruits. Finishes with a medium dry and bitter ending. Remembering the new one as too much violet and sugar. Perhaps. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2017
Bottle. Very Dark Brown and opaque in colour. Very Malty; strong dark coffee, chocolate, liquorice, honey, nuts, roast malts, caramel, hint of smoke. Apparently infused with dark and bitter chestnut honey. Hoppy; earthy bitter hops. Spicy, smooth, rich and velvety. Warming alcohol very evident. Sweet coffee roast malty throughout with a bitter slightly sour hoppy edge. Dry finish. Unique, interesting and complex. Terrific beer! (2009-06)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (861) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle from Alko Sello, Espoo. Pours dark brown with a little brownish head. Strong roasty maltiness bursts immediately forward with a rich set of aromas; licorice, rye bread, dark chocolate and nuts combine with a subtle note of vanilla. Taste is brilliantly rich and varied; initial sweetish maltiness is paired with roasty notes and moderate bitterness in the finish. Flavours of chocolate, cocoa, licorice, rye pudding, hazelnut. The palate is medium to full bodied, smooth and low in carbonation. Simply excellent.


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