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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:38:59 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

03-03-2013 00:09:05 | More by t0rin0
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metter98

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that quickly died down and left patches of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chestnuts in the nose along with hints of cappuccino and sweet honey.
T: The taste is quite complex and similar to the smell with flavors of chestnuts and honey. The nutty flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, rich and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very well balanced and complex even though it is not a full-bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:01:38 | More by metter98
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:16:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-15-2011 04:33:55 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First things first - I've amended the style for this beer from American Imperial Stout to English Strong Ale, as this sure ain't no stout. Consumed this while watching improv at Studio Be. Served in a classy plastic cup.

A - Creamy and ample dark tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving plenty of splotchy lacework. Body is black, although it was hard to tell if there was any coloration in the low lighting through the plastic.

S - Peat, smoked meats, cereal grains, pumpernickel bread, yeast, bitter nuts - predominantly hazelnut, and a hint of black malt. Evocative of honey-glzed ham. Very complex and unusual - almost Rauchbier-esque is some ways.

T - The taste has more semisweet chocolate and floral honey character mingling with smoked meats and peated malts. There's some light anise and espresso bitterness in the finish, as well as a touch of char. The Sorachi Ace hops actually make themselves known in the periphery, and there's a hint of red licorice as the beer warms up. The alcohol is quite well-hidden until this reaches room temperature.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with smooth, chewy, and viscous texture. The finish is slightly dry with a mild roasty, tannic character to it as well. There's a bit of warming alcohol near the end of the 500ml bottle.

D - I've been in a English sort of mood, having had this and Courage RIS on back-to-back days. This doesn't have the brett character of the Courage, but it's got that well-attenuated dryness and quintessential English character to it in spades. Unique and somewhat hard to categorize - more of a smoked beer than a strong ale or stout, but with elements of all of them. I was initially slightly turned off by the aroma, but this grew on me quite a bit over the course of a half-liter (yes, I drank it all by myself). Pricey, challenging, but ultimately rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 06:21:33 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark 1 finger thick frothy and rich head, with some nice lacing, over pitch black beer, no light coming through at all, and thick enough to leave trace legs on the sides.

Nose is interesting, a toasty but dark malt aroma, plenty of roasted malts, some espresso, a bit of dark chocolate, a light toasty saw dust like aroma blended with some toasted chestnuts for an interesting aroma, light flaked oats, a hint of licorice and hint of harsh smoke, a nutty aroma, and just a touch of herbal hops.

Taste is rich, some roasted malts to start, fairly rich and thick but fluffy, a bit of espresso, chewy malts, quite a bit of smoked wood flavors, toasted saw dust, and light toasted chestnuts, a bit of dark chocolate, light caramel, hint of warming booze, light herbal hops, some flaked oats, a bit of chocolate milk and nougat, a light cinnamon and hazelnut, slightly sweet. Finishes with a bit more warming booze, some hot spices with cinnamon and nutty flavors lingering, hints of roast, coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of licorice, and more smoke on the finish.

Mouth is heavier, rich, smooth, some warming booze, and tons of carbonation to back it up, almost too much but it plays well with the fluffy and oatmeal demeanor.

Overall pretty good, the only issue I see is the peat smoke always gives it a weird flavor, the more beer I have with peat smoke the more I don't like it in beer (and I'm a peat-o-phile when it comes to scotch), but nice flavors otherwise, great dark malts, oats, light nuts and spices, chocolate and roast, the sawdust flavor I think comes from the peat smoke but not sure, which is also not the best flavor, if regular smoked malts instead of peat I think this would be an A.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 01:17:34 | More by jlindros
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-10-2013 13:31:47 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-18-2013 14:47:46 | More by beernads
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 18:53:35 | More by tempest
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-24-2014 02:43:08 | More by Georgiabeer
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Tone

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 17:28:06 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19%

04-23-2013 01:04:26 | More by PEIhop
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

03-22-2014 23:16:03 | More by afsdan
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

2/5  rDev -52.4%

04-03-2014 05:56:04 | More by Evil_Pidde
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illidurit

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 10:28:30 | More by illidurit
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a jet black with a fizzy copper mousse that disappears in no time and leaves no lacing whatsoever. This beer takes a long time to settle, as carbonation is still very evident even after the head completely dissipates.

S: Intriguing aromas of bitter, fruity hops, honey, cappuccino, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and gingery spices are present on the nose. Very intense.

T: Opens with an avalanche of roasted grain, hazelnut, chestnut honey, black licorice, ginger, orange rind, cappuccino, dark chocolate, and peat smoke flavors. I also think I detect notes of freshly tanned leather, ripe plums, and some kind of unidentifiable tropical fruit. The finish is delicate and warming with notes of honey, chocolate, capuccino, and tart, fruity hops.

M: Dryish, full-bodied, luscious, and velvety. The alcohol is hidden extemely well. An excellent evening sipper.

O: This is a seriously impressive effort, and quite possibly one of the best stouts I've had in a long time. I love the complex flavors imparted by the heavy hopping and Italian chestnut honey. What's even better is that everything is well-balanced. Unlike many other American double stouts, this one manages to be complex without being over-the-top.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 19:21:52 | More by mrfrancis
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 02:53:59 | More by woosterbill
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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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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-28-2014 01:56:00 | More by Griffith
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-10-2013 05:41:51 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, smoke, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, bit of booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, vanilla, oak, smoke, nuttiness, black licorice, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.

D - Nice complex and balanced English Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 04:47:56 | More by ngeunit1
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-15-2014 03:33:34 | More by mattmarka1
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-08-2013 15:43:15 | More by tom10101
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Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.