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Bracia - Thornbridge Brewery

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94
outstanding

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
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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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!

Photo of Telestic
5/5  rDev +18.5%

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!

Photo of JimmyTango
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Manoftyr
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a rich, dark, nearly black chestnut brown with a finger or two of mocha colored head. No real lacing to speak of, and the head dies down to a thin ring rather fast but the color and pour were both beautiful.

Aroma-Honey and deeply roasted nuts are at the forefront of the aroma, hints of peat around the edges. Cocoa is prominent as well, some black licorice as well, caramel and some dark fruity plumlike notes round it out. Smells utterly fantastic.

Taste-Follows the aroma closely, the deep nuttiness and honey are right there upfront and lasts all the way to the very end. Hoppiness is fairly aggressive without being dominating, very well balanced, cocoa and caramelized malts come in towards the middle again with peat on the outside. Finish is floral-sweet and honeylike.

Mouthfeel-Lush, thick and rich, not quite as full as an Imperial stout but on the fuller side of medium; perfect for the beer.

Overall/Drinkability-Really, really fantastic stuff here, a unique drinking experience; addictively drinkable and keeps you coming back.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of MisledTitan
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of LukasProvaznik
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Hanzo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of aztraz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Cyclone8
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of jisak74
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.