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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 39
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Greywulfken, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

MisledTitan, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

eawolff99, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Sammy, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

pixieskid, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of LukasProvaznik
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

LukasProvaznik, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Hanzo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +1%

LambicKing, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

zaphodchak, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Thehuntmaster, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

aztraz, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Hopstout, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

rarbring, May 30, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +1%

DarthGuitarHero, May 18, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 07, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Jeffo, May 01, 2012
Photo of Cyclone8
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Cyclone8, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of jisak74
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

jisak74, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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!

beerdrifter, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +1%

samEBC, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Doppelbockulus, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of mikeyv35
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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!

mikeyv35, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

metter98, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of patm1986
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

patm1986, Jan 01, 2012
Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.