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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 138
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 20.76%
Wants: 42
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tempest on 04-16-2009

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Reviews by eric5bellies:
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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip

A - Pours a thick Ebony colour with no light visible. The head is two fingered and tanned. It retains very well and laces.

S - Plenty going on with caramel, vanilla coffee etc

T - Wow so smooth. The vanilla and caramel are very prominent the finish is nice toffee notes and biscuit. Absolutely no sign of the 10% abv.

M - Full body and low carbonation. So very smooth indeed.

O - Well this is an awesome brew. I'm so very pleased its my 800th review. The balance in this beer is brilliant and the mouthfeel is perfection.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerDrinker01
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle served in a brandy goblet poured very dark nearly black with 2 finger thick mocha colored head. Aromas of Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Cappuccino, Chestnuts, Roasted Malts, Licorice, Vanilla, Peat, Taste is delicious chestnuts & honey with black licorice, Roasted malts, Rich bitter dark Chocolate & Cappuccino with a nice peat smoke flavor at the back. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, Rich & smooth!

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jisak74
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Marius
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

DARK. Smells maple-y. Taste honey up front and nut as F on the after. Which is surprising for a dark beer this dark. Bit of a boozy afterbreath. Trails off with a clovy/spicelike taste. Leaves chocolate taste in mouth. Overall pleased. Probably wouldnt buy again. Not because its not good. Just not my cup of meat.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown head, dark brown body. Trace of lace.

Nose is deep with malt and some peat.

Thick taste-- caramel a bit of nuttiness, a bit of licorice. Quite nice and rich, but still pretty dry. Bold flavor with some wood and peat on the finish. Trace of coffee.

Thickish, with a bit of foam.

Outstanding and rich without being cloying. Bold flavor and in a different way than other English beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the label:

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.

The honey and hazelnuts are obvious in the aroma and flavor. While chocolate roast and cocoa dominate the flavor. Yum Appears pitch black with a milk chocolate head. There's a long, espresso aftertaste. Hot damn, this is good beer. There's a paler malt notes that pop up in the aftertaste, but there's a whole lot of roasted malt going on that dives into roast chestnuts, honey, and spicy British hops. Delicious.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass it appears opaque because it is so dark, but the pour reveals a very dark red. The head is a very creamy brown.

Smell is heavy with nuts (makes sense since it is a chestnut beer), wood, coffee, and burned marshmallows. There is also some funk that is very hard to describe in the smell, but this could be part of the chestnut smell.

The flavor is different. It exhibits some thick and heavy stout characteristics, but there is some tartness that sets it apart and brings it down below the level of a stout. There is certainly a healthy presence of coffee in the flavor, as well a a little alcohol, kind of like a bourbon.

The feeling is not thick like a stout. There is a lot of body in the flavor, but not as much in the feel. There is a light vinous feel to it.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and on ice cream, various dates.

Not an American Double / Imperial Stout. Purhleeese.

There's only one thing wrong with this world-class beer infused with a honey flavour that's dry and not sickly. The latest brew, sat in a fermenter as I type, has all been sold and is off to the States. I think I may have to volunteer my way onto the shipping line when the time comes. Quality control, etc...

The bottles of the original batch are still dry and drinkable. And a splash onto vanilla ice cream is the kind of beer & food pairing that excites my gentleman area.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of dry fruits with dry toffee notes are quite unique and quite strong. Taste is a strange mix between some dry toffee notes with caramel malt with some molasses notes with some light fruity ester and some chestnut. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex beer with maybe a tad too much going on.

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Photo of RMoeNay
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle design, hefty price tag.

A: pours a thick black and coughs up a finger or two of creamy head that clings to the sides of my tulip as it recedes. I immediately went into stout mode.

S: great malt aromas from the Maris Otter, brown, Munich, Dark Crystal and chocolate, among others - rich espresso and cocoa.

T: chocolate and honey - reminded me of a silky alcoholic dark chocolate Toblerone bar; wonderful mix of malts (cited above) and hops, including Hallertau and Sorachi Ace - a very rich taste of distinction.

M: silky, full, slick, sweet honey and bittersweet chocolate aftertaste

O: I thought this a fantatstic beer - truly unique flavors and a lucious body. Gotta grab one if you spot it. I would shell out the dough to pick up another one if its still on the shelf when I go back.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, opaque in the glass with very mild carbonation appearing only as a khaki ring around the glass. Aroma of molasses, nuts, light caramel malt, licorice, hints of tart dark fruit, coffee and chocolate, interesting. Flavor is well integrated chocolate, molasses, dark dried and fresh fruit, lightly toasted malt, hazelnuts; finish is rich semi-sweet dark malt, hazelnuts, licorice and a hint of grassy hops. Excellent medium creamy body, very pleasant mouth feel. This is a very full flavored but superbly balanced strong ale. A lot of complexity in the dark malt, nut and fruit flavors, but none dominate. Rich flavor makes the ABV disappear. This is now in my top tier of English ales and one that I will be delighted to see again. Excellent and recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Avenue Pub New Orleans. Served in a wine-style glass.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light brown head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and

S- Some faint dark roasted malt and a lot of wet cardboard...uh-oh. Glassy with a bit of booze.

T- The flavor is sort of the same. A good amount of dark roast with some wet cardboard in the middle and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinks more like a porter or light stout than anything. I will say the alcohol is quite well masked but there's still that glassy flavor that was detected in the aroma. As the drink progresses, the roasty bitterness starts to dominate and this beer shows its true colors. Strong and assertive with notes of pumpernickel, coffee and a bit of bourbon.

M- Certainly the best part of this beer. Creamy, soft and smooth. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- There are things I like about this beer but there are almost just as many things that I don't like. Kind of all over the place.

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Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.