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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 17 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

erlenmeyer, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

CDCNAM, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Immortale25, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

stephenjmoore, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of ccozzi
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ccozzi, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Kopfschuss, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ajzy, May 27, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

ngeunit1, May 22, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

campfirebrew, May 18, 2013
Photo of avschmitt
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

avschmitt, May 13, 2013
Photo of Ale-ienation
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as midnight with a thick and creamy toasted-beige head that retains well.

S: Toasted chestnuts, roasted malt, dark chocolate.

T: Sweet malts and honey up front balanced by a pleasant roasty bitterness. A rich nuttiness abounds in the middle; chestnuts, walnuts, almonds. The slightest floral note of sage also comes through with the clean and bitter finish. Profoundly blended and delicious.

M: Full bodied, creamy and silky smooth.

O: Beautifully complex dark ale that benefited from the firkin treatment.

Ale-ienation, May 07, 2013
Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

VeganUndead, May 05, 2013
Photo of CTJman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

CTJman, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +18.5%

PEIhop, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of seand
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

seand, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of rderedin
4/5  rDev -5.2%

rderedin, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of jsteel2
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jsteel2, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Tone, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BKArmstrong, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
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!

woosterbill, Mar 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Telestic, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Bouleboubier, Jan 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JimmyTango, Jan 15, 2013
Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.