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

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RATINGS: 538   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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kingvit (409) - - JUL 25, 2014
Aroma: coffee, honey, dry orange, roasted nuts Appearance: pitch-black, minimal head Taste: medium bitterness, medium sweetness, slight sourness Palate: bitter finish, thick texture, full body, soft carbonation Absolutely terrific beer of dense, multi layered Taste, comprising some of the Best valesca of ales, stouts, bocks and porters.

5
Blueshawk (464) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
- völlig undurchsichtige schwarze Farbe mit guter, schnell zerfallender Schaumbildung - starke Aromen nach Bitterschokolade, Trockenfrüchten, Honig, Maronen, Lakritz, Kaffee, Nüssen und Rauch - perfekte Carbonisierung - der Antrunk ist einfach überwältigend - die geschmacklichen Nuancen sind gut und eindeutig erkennbar - der Honig verbindet sich mit der torfigen Malzbitternis in unvergleichbarer Art und Weise - die ganz leichte Carbonisierung bringt ein schön ölig-samtiges Mundgefühl hervor - der Abgang verstärkt die rauchige Bitternis nochmals etwas, ohne dass es im geringsten unangenehm wird Fazit: Das perfekte Imperial Stout

5
BenL8 (245) - 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 wouldn’t. 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 it’s 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.

4.9
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Aroma: smokey, rosted malts. Appearance: wood.Taste: Awesome mix of porter and a smoked. Palate: mb. Overall: 20/20

4.9
angelkostvo (1247) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
Black color with small beige head. Aroma of cream, chocolate, nuts, cappuccino, peat, liquorice. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet a bit savory. Perfect balance. Full body, velvety texture, flat carbonation. One of the best beers I have had, if not the best. Closest to perfection.

4.9
Grzesiek79 (4381) - Radom, POLAND - APR 11, 2014
Swietne tradycyjne brytyjskie ciemne ale. Z brazowawa piana, czarnym nieprzezroczystym kolorem, W smaku ciemna czekolada, kakao na mleku nieco wanilli i miod. Zapach jakby capucino z orzechami laskowymi. Niebywale wrazenia. alkohol ukryty, niewyczuwalny, a przeciez jest w poteznej dawce. Wspaniale zbalansowane. Cos pomiedzy imperial stoutem, a mik stoutem. Takie mialem wrazenia. To najlepsze piwo od Thornbridge jakie kosztowalem. Polecam

4.9
kyr2 (32) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JUL 30, 2014
Fuccin’ heel! Is this an amazing beet or what? An example of a beer that will fucc you and treat you good at the same time.

4.8
harrisoni (19171) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Served from the bottle at the Thornbridge tasting at The Rake. I have a whole bottle to myself to enjoy one evening, so this is just a foretaste of a longer rate. Hazelnut aroma. Velvety smooth in the mouth without being oily. White chocolate and praline truffle flavours. I was left pretty much speechless by this. 4.4/5. Re-rate bottle at The Rake. This is just better than I remember even. The nut, the praline, the texture in the mouth all are fabulous Cask The Rake almost leapt over the bar when I saw that this was on cask. Black as night, thin tan head. Really does smell of chestnuts, maybe a bit of plastic. Chestnuts and impty stout in mouth, but lovely velvety smooth. It really is nutty throughout. Bit bizarre, bit oily but smooth at the same time, even a little grainy on the finish. Praline finish is amazing. Bit rawer than when I had it in a bottle. Bit more tarry. Lovely though. A couple of people didn’t like it, so I finished theirs off for them too 4/5. Re-rate. Simon’s online wake. I’d kinda forgotten how good this beer was. I’ve not had anything like it. And that praline hit, I’ve never had from another beer. It’s rich magical and I’m not sure I’ll ever have another beer like this. From the original batch c. 2009.


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