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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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93
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 38
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 04-16-2009)
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12-06-2011 23:12:04 | More by shanghai55
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04-23-2013 01:04:26 | More by PEIhop
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Manoftyr

New York

4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a rich, dark, nearly black chestnut brown with a finger or two of mocha colored head. No real lacing to speak of, and the head dies down to a thin ring rather fast but the color and pour were both beautiful.

Aroma-Honey and deeply roasted nuts are at the forefront of the aroma, hints of peat around the edges. Cocoa is prominent as well, some black licorice as well, caramel and some dark fruity plumlike notes round it out. Smells utterly fantastic.

Taste-Follows the aroma closely, the deep nuttiness and honey are right there upfront and lasts all the way to the very end. Hoppiness is fairly aggressive without being dominating, very well balanced, cocoa and caramelized malts come in towards the middle again with peat on the outside. Finish is floral-sweet and honeylike.

Mouthfeel-Lush, thick and rich, not quite as full as an Imperial stout but on the fuller side of medium; perfect for the beer.

Overall/Drinkability-Really, really fantastic stuff here, a unique drinking experience; addictively drinkable and keeps you coming back.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:05:01 | More by Manoftyr
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BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 13:09:12 | More by BeerDrinker01
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jisak74


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-21-2012 15:27:34 | More by jisak74
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Liquoric3

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-03-2013 14:07:05 | More by Liquoric3
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-30-2012 00:55:57 | More by MisledTitan
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-21-2012 21:25:27 | More by Cyclone8
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JimmyTango

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

01-15-2013 17:43:15 | More by JimmyTango
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

10-02-2013 19:26:22 | More by wl0307
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dcmchew

Romania

4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color, one finger dark beige head, big retention.
Smells beautiful. Lots of dark chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, nuts, smoked wood, sweet coffee, honey, some faint licorice and citric notes. It's a rollercoaster, this should be great.
Dark ashy roasted malts, with lots of strong espresso coffee notes. Dark chocolate with a low lactose feel, sweet caramel, but mostly lots of licorice and honey, going down gently. Chestnuts are obvious and enrich the maltiness. Fruitiness is also present, with some nice dried plum and raisin, and a lick of orange peel in the back. Spices vary from vanilla to cinnamon to minty anise. A light peat also towards the end. The finish is A+, with a great complexity of hops, bringing lots of grassy leafy notes, but dry tobacco also, a certain dry green-citrusy finish from the Sorachi Ace, faint exotic fruits and overall a great bitterness (blends beautifully with the roast).
Low carbonation, and the mouthfeel is oily and chewy, perfect for a sipper, wouldn't have it any other way. Aftertaste perfectly sums up the brew, with the lingering sweet honey, the green hops, the roasted malts and a slight booziness.
This was really something else, one to remember.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 17:09:50 | More by dcmchew
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle 10,0% ABV
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best before: 27/02/2017

Appearance: This is by far the darkest non imperial stout that I have seen. The body is a very dark brown, verging on black and almost totally opaque. A rough pour generates a massive, creamy, dark tan coloured head that displays great retention and leaves patches of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: I could smell this from the second the cap was cracked. The initial nose is that of honey drizzled hazelnuts, almost like a hazelnut liqueur. After a few seconds an array of other notes become apparent, these include: Milk chocolate, sweet cappuccino, a touch of cocoa, dark caramel, molasses, roasted chestnuts, liquorice, vanilla, peach blossoms and dark fruit (dark cherries, raisins and plums). The hazelnuts and honey are present throughout. As the beer warms, the dark fruit notes become more apparent and a touch of the 10% is noted.

Taste: Delicious - simply delicious! As in the nose, hazelnuts and honey are well noted, along side chocolate, a little roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit (black cherries and raisins) and a distinct earthy quality. Warming brings more of the dark fruits, molasses and a touch of peat, but the 10% stays totally hidden.

Mouthfeel: The body is just under full and lightly sticky. The carbonation is of a medium level, but not quite smooth enough to make this a world class mouthfeel.

Overall: Bracia is a fantastic beer and easily the most interesting one I have had recently. I would love to see a barrel-aged version (maybe a peated whisky barrel?) in the future. I will be buying a few more of these for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 16:47:24 | More by Thehuntmaster
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served in an English pint glass.

A: Pours a creamy liquid with an oily black color. Forms a big, creamy and quite bubbled tan head. Good retention and lots of thin but quite molasses lacings in the glass

S: Very reach nose. Strong notes of roasted malts, honey, chestnut, chocolate, coffee and plums. Some citrus notes. Grassy hops and a bit booze

T: Perfect taste. Great bittersweet balance. Very complex. Sweet upfront with strong notes of roasted malts, honey, chestnut, dark chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins and orange peel. The end is quite bitter, a mix of roastiness and grassy hops

M: Creamy, molasses, smooth heavy body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste, followed by some citrus and grassy notes

O: Masterpiece

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 20:52:25 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

09-12-2013 20:35:32 | More by Ciocanelu
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aztraz

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-22-2012 08:53:12 | More by aztraz
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ReluctantScooper

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 13:29:15 | More by ReluctantScooper
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-23-2014 00:04:04 | More by bigred89
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(poured into a tulip)

A: wow! pretty damn impenetrably jet black - throws up a caulk-y, coffee-colored head with not much stick, if any on the glass, however, it keeps a thick collar going

S: leather (oxidation?), chocolate, roasted nuts, bubblegum cigar, urinal cake (and I suppose licorice...the wildcard...) - very interesting, unlike any other beer I've smelt - alcohol, straight clean booze, of course, emerges as it warms - amazing depth and misfit character - might just make me rethink how critically I judge the aromas of other beers, past and future...

T: much of the same flavors as the aromas (thank you!) - old notebook paper - perhaps a tad licorice in the finish - super malt complexity paired against lovely yeast-derived phenolics - I suppose the honey is in the background, supporting all else - later in the finish, I do get some dark, black fruit (grape, but not quite raisin) and a silken roasted barley - espresso crawls back up on the tongue long after (compounded residual)

F: warmth very slowly rises like slowly turning up the volume; Doppler effect, as it fades into the gut - little bit of a bitter tingle up front followed by a sloth wash of sooty body - soft, delicate, and smooooth and, oh!, does it drop off stupid-clean dry

O: unique, as far as my scant experience - what a dynamic, expertly-rendered ale - wow! - the alcohol is so beautifully woven in - do break the bank on this one, please!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 05:58:08 | More by Bouleboubier
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-10-2013 12:43:45 | More by erlenmeyer
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-24-2014 19:50:14 | More by HopStoopid120
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

10-04-2012 01:40:39 | More by eawolff99
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

04-28-2013 02:33:51 | More by CTJman
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yesno1011

Taiwan

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

07-22-2014 13:42:06 | More by yesno1011
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Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.