Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery
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3.15/5 rDev -25.2%
On tap at Prime 16, served in a B. United goblet.
A: Black body, one finger of dense light brown head. Great retention and lacing. Darker than I expected, but lovely.
S: Intensely malty and roasty, with dark chocolate, licorice, and smoky char being the biggest components. Some dark fruit and spicy booze, too. Bold, but too astringent.
T: Follows the nose, with the addition of some floral bitterness and additional emphasis on the fig-like dark fruit notes. Astringent roastiness still dominates up front, with alcohol brining up the back end. Not pleasant, sad to say.
M: Creamy medium-full body with lots of soft carbonation. Great.
O: I was really looking forward to this one, being a big fan of the brewery, but this was a disappointment. More sweetness would have gone a long way toward allowing the complexity to shine without the more...assertive...flavors absolutely taking over. Perhaps a bottle with some age on it would make a better impression? I'd love to revisit it, but probably won't considering how expensive bottles are.
03-02-2013 02:53:59 | More by woosterbill
3.25/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
05-07-2012 20:16:49 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -15%
Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of anise/licorice, sweet malt, dry hop, hint of pale malt, hint of floral hops, alcohol, honey, and tea. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of dry hops, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, honey, hint of hops, and tea. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, blend, and body.
03-19-2013 17:28:06 | More by Tone
3.7/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
07-30-2013 22:53:28 | More by Immortale25
3.8/5 rDev -9.7%
Bottle from the free table at Woodshop 5.0. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is licorice, black malts, and an odd note that took me forever to figure out but that I believe is soy sauce (I wrote 'fishy' in my initial notes, but that's not quite it). Flavor is much better, with tons of roast and vivid dark chocolate. Peat is mild, and I don't really get any honey. Caramel and chalk make an appearance. Thick, bitter, and dry.
02-23-2010 10:28:30 | More by illidurit
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
03-17-2012 00:52:45 | More by Doppelbockulus
3.89/5 rDev -7.6%
A: Pours an opaque dark brown with a small amount of dark tan head. Just a ring around the edge of the glass retains, which leaves small sheets of lacing.
S: Sweet and malty; somewhat scotch-like, smoky and peaty.
T: Quite sweet and somewhat whiskey-like. Thick malt, with roasted smokey notes and a thick aftertaste.
M: Full body, medium carbonation.
Overall, thick, nice, and whiskey-like. It's quite strong, but a good flavor combination.
04-17-2013 06:14:34 | More by seand
3.95/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
09-30-2012 03:38:59 | More by Sammy
Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.