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


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RATINGS: 541   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle. Dark amber/brown beer with a small but lasting beige head. Malty cork aroma, fruity, vinous, some citrus and raisins. Mslty roasted flavor, rubber, caramel, hay. Huge amounts of rubber.

jrodooo5 (1719) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2017
Simply outstanding! Lovely black pour w/ a thin mocha head that leaves good lacing. The aroma really shows off the honey as well as dark malt & chocolate. The flavor is dominated by roasted notes but it's deep & complex. Thick & chewy on the palate. This is an experience & a must try! Bravo!

wojanex (403) - warszawa, POLAND - OCT 31, 2017
Świetne, stoutowe w charakterze, ale osobne w smaku dziwnym, intensywnym, bardzo poważne piwo.

Blade86 (1420) - Wroc³aw, POLAND - OCT 30, 2017
BB 02.2018 black, opaque, medium light brown foam; dark fruits, nuts in aroma with coffee and milky chocolate; medium+ bitterness and sweetness; full body, thick feel, average- carbonation, long bittersweet dry finish

thellgren (1127) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2017
0,5 l bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Appearance is black with tan head. Aroma has something burnt. Taste is, depending on the serving temperature, bitter, smoky, vineous, wooden or nutty, oily, sweetish etc. Most of the taste seems to come from the chestnut honey. Quite a complex beast.

sokuzs1 (1577) - POLAND - SEP 22, 2017
Aroma: buckwheat, coffee, roasty, cocoa, toffee, some red fruits Taste: medium bittter, moderate sweet, roasty, dark chocolate, toast, coffee, some figs and toffee, honey

josanguapo (1928) - SPAIN - AUG 31, 2017
From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing A Foretold Affair. Really nice roastyness, with chocolate, coffee and molasses. Important alcohol presence well integrated,not bothering but forcing slow drinking

Bootlegger007 (245) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2017
Awesome! Poured almost black with a deep hue of ruby red, with a pillowy tan head, deep complex aromas, I could pick caramel, sweet honey, chocolate, a full bodied ale with flavours of sweet dark fruits, bitter coffee and so much more, very warming, love it!

Nordcore (1642) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle 50 cl., FANTASTIC! Deep red with a nice light brown head. Nice aroma, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate some wood and licorice. Sweet taste, light bitterness with a warm dark fruit, coffee and wooden end. Again, fantastic! BB 13.03.20.

loscovar (723) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2017
Bottle from saveur biére. Pretty serious beer, really good aroma and chocolate-coffe taste. Good

Zlotta (3823) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2017
0.5 l bottle from ’Rudat’, best before October 2018, cellared for more than two years. Pitch black with a medium large, frothy, stable, light brown head. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty and a little smoky aroma of milk chocolate, mocca, toasted hazelnut, a touch of dark fruits and faint hints of peat. Quite sweet, malty, roasty and slightly peaty taste of dark chocolate, lots of mocca, praline, licorice, some peat and hints of dark fruits, followed by a long, rather roasty-bitter, earthy and a little warming-alcoholic finish. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Wonderful beer, very intense and moreish but still well-balanced, just way too expensive.

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