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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.69%


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 -5.7%
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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
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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metter98

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -0.2%
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Tone

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
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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ngeunit1

California

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
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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illidurit

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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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rarbring

Sweden

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark dark brown beer, a light brown head, slowly settling leaving good lacing, good curtains.

Smelling a bit metallic, sherry, nuts, coffee.

Starting sweet brown sugar and burned bread crust, chocolate and liqueur, soy sauce, some bitter orange peel.

Little carbonation, smooth, thick and sticky, a dry finish.

Some misses in the smell is well compensated in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 20:18:22 | More by rarbring
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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

Got this one at Geers in Gent a while back. Awesome beer run!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter.
Best Before 25 November 2016

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a one finger, medium, looser looking, mocha colored head with very good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A faint wisp remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Pretty stuff.

SMELL: Definite sweet, pure honey and nuts on the nose. Very apparent. Notes of dark chocolate as well as some peaty smoke notes too. The adjuncts certainly show up, though the result is an interesting array of aromas on this one.

TASTE: Very interesting and unique, as the nose promised. Lots of nuts and sweet, pure honey at the beginning, with dark malts and peaty smoke notes at the swallow. Big and lingering aftertaste of caramel and honey sweetness, with some dark, bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Definite peat lingers as well. Lots of complex flavors for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite sticky. Very appropriate for the style.

OVERALL: This one was really tough to score. It’s very unique and extremely flavorful, with lots going on and plenty to contemplate, but the aggressiveness does make it somewhat difficult to enjoy an entire half litre yourself. Perhaps this is something better off shared with a buddy. Regardless, this brew has definitely made me interesting in trying more of their stuff. Very impressive. If the opportunity arises, don’t pass this one up. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 12:31:44 | More by Jeffo
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FLima

Brazil

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep black color that completely shields light with a one finger thick caramel head with good retention.
Bold aroma of chestnuts, licorice, wood and roasted malts. Hints of earth and pine-urinal deodorizer.
Strong flavor of honey with lots of sorachi ace hops and chestnuts with notes of licorice, pine, whiskey and burnt wood. Hints of pepper, flowers and plums with peel. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering hoppy, cappuccino and ash note.
Full body with low carbonation, smooth but also sticky. 10% ABV hides in its flavors.
Very complex beer with a unique flavor, all notes are potent, they come and go giving space to the next one. Thornbridge is one of my favorite’s breweries and this is an interesting brew to wake up your senses.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:20:52 | More by FLima
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

500ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com... bottle 1499...

Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Burnt brown head poured incredibly thick and foamy with very small bubbles and a meringue like topping... a good one finger of foam remained throughout.. some thick lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of roasted chocolate malts backed with cigar and peat smokiness, lots of toasted nuts - hazlenuts mainly, very earthy, strong coffee, some citrus notes, liquorice, burnt (brown) sugar, honey notes, some sourness, light vegetal traces...

Taste - Bitter chocolate, liquorice, roasted malts, cappuccino coffee, cocoa, definitely some peaty smoke just coming through, dark fruits (black cherries and currents), nut brittle, treacle / molasses, warming alcohol is noticeable..

Feel - Smooth and velvety with just a little sharpness underneath... full bodied... pretty drinkable for an 9% brew..

Overall - A superb example of an imperial stout... could maybe do with a few more months just to mellow things out a little but definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 09:12:23 | More by mdagnew
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rtepiak

Poland

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

not an american double at all. would have to say there are some interesting hints of traditional russian imperial in this one. although although i at first got the notion that it was similar to a fuller vintage... but dark.

an immaculate sipper with that is not exactly a russian imperial quality in the american sense even. in the europe sense of the word this is an english created dark strong. pour is exactly like a RIS, black and doughy. the nose is not at all like expected. when first popped has bubblegum to it. this subsides a bit and reveals a equal balance of all the things that one could hope for. chocolate end of bitterness. a hint of roast, a hint of coffee... and hoping. the beer finishes somewhat dry. but there is a very exactly way about its palate in that its equally fruit as malty richness. when it was first poured it had a quality of a malty doppelbock. fruity start and savory finish. a bit leathery. and maintains a beautiful consistency. carbonation is a part of the wealth after about 30 minutes. a ring does regenerate. and stick to the glass. rich plum to smoke and chocolate. never had a beer that would have these balance in equal part. as it gets warmer it releases perfuse floral notes. wonderful lavender. floral hint in the palate. meshes well with alcohol notes.

this is by far one of the most fantastic breweries if come across that consecutively make traditional english beer in poignant and unique form. for anyone hoping for a courage RIS just get this.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 08:13:15 | More by rtepiak
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 22:53:28 | More by Immortale25
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Greywulfken

New York

4.4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:47:02 | More by Greywulfken
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Deep black pour with a gorgeous two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. Very unique roasty, nutty, and subtly sweet nose with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses and peat. The taste is complex and unique. A lot going on that I've never experienced. Lots of roasty espresso and dark chocolate along with hints of dark fruit, specifically black cherries, licorice, peat, tobacco, and hazelnuts. There's something else in there that I just can't put my finger on. Perhaps it's the chestnut honey, which I'm unfamiliar with. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and oily with a bittersweet finish. Very smooth and drinkable for a 10% beer. It's a little expensive, but definitely another unique and great offering from Thornbridge!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 16:04:26 | More by beerdrifter
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:50:36 | More by zaphodchak
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seand

California

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 06:14:34 | More by seand
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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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mikeyv35

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 02/09/2012
Type: 16.9oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: SH Large Snifter

Have to agree w/ the previous listing by Masterski. This brew really could fit in any 1 of 3 categories, this one really blurs the lines. I think this brew has the most qualities in common w/ an Imperial Stout.

At almost $2/oz., this one better be good!

Pours a dark midnight black in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that produces nice amounts of sticky lacing. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, peat, and some nuttiness. The taste started w/ sweet chocolate and molasses/black liquorice up front, leading into dry espresso and peat, and finishing w/ subtle hop bite and honey. Full bodied and lush. Pretty drinkable, as this brew is ultra smooth and complex, plus the 9% ABV is well hidden.

Overall, a pleasure to sample and I am glad I had the opportunity, but at the price I don't think I will again. However, this is a fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:27:07 | More by mikeyv35
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dcmchew

Romania

4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.