Thornbridge Brewery

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Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #1
Ranked #2,679
4.23 | pDev: 10.4%
Feb 19, 2022
Apr 16, 2009
Notes: 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 sourced from the Alpine foothills of North East Italy.
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Ratings by Kurmaraja:
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4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kurmaraja from California

The rare beer where the label does this the beer justice: aromas and flavors of capuccino, marzipan, hazelnuts, chocolate (very nutella flavored), orange peel, peat finish. Wildflower honey. Pours like a porter almost, a bit more red / brown, with a rocky tan head. Feel is creamy, velvety. Absolutely incredible.

Sep 09, 2015
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4.16 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Feb 19, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml bottle, as Thornbridge Hall Bracia, at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, large brown head. Mildly roasty, nutty and malty aroma, hints of honey and chocolate. Smooth and rich flavour with loads of malty sweetness, but not cloying. Roasty notes / mild coffee, also notes of chocolate, honey and nuts. Decent hops in the finish and aftertaste, which also has faint notes of peat smoke. Excellent beer!

Jun 07, 2021
3 by prisdefer from New York on Mar 11, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on Mar 10, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. This one looks really nice. Pours jet black with tan head. Nose is charred wood, licorice, raisin, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste is black licorice (dominates), chocolate, lactose, malts, sweetness, slight bitterness, and honey. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. Overall, an amazing stout.

Aug 04, 2019
3.99 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2019
3.85 by DOCRW from Washington on Apr 01, 2019
4.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 05, 2018
4.21 by HopBelT from Belgium on Mar 18, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle from Bottle Shop- Druid St. Dark and smoky, near black with bubbly brown head. Aroma is campfire, taste is more stout-y, some chocolate. Warmth sneaks up and makes you glow. Once acclimated, this one rocks.

Mar 05, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 1 pint .9 fluid ounce bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle or label.
Opaque black body. Fizzy tan head settles to ring fed by bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, licorice, coffee, a little chocolate, and sweetness. Peaty.
Taste is sweet honey, along with chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, and dark fruit/pear. Also bitter hops. Peat as it trails off.
Full mouth feel, somewhat coating, kind of hot.
A beer like a liqueur, lots of tastes involved, quite rich and heavy. Honey sweetness is balanced by the dark notes. I like the peat.

Feb 11, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a blackish body with minimal tan head that sticks around. Aroma is basically dark fruits like figs/raisins/prunes and some sugariness which I assume is honey. Beer is sticky, strong and slightly boozy so you get noes of dark fruits, honey/toffee, and also minimal notes of dryness like nuts and bitter chocolate and/or coffee.

Jan 18, 2018
4.32 by TheCrowsEye from California on Jan 13, 2018
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
by drmeto from Germany

-pours a dark brown with faint ruby tinges and a small to medium,foamy,beige head
-light to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-alcohol noticeable
A fantastic Dessert Beer.Not too sweet, not too boozy.Perfect for Winter.
Fans of Imperial Stouts should get this.

Dec 29, 2017
4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by josanguapo from Spain

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing A Foretold Affair. Really nice roastyness, with chocolate, coffee and molasses. Important alcohol presence well integrated,not bothering but forcing slow drinking

Sep 01, 2017
4.25 by Casey_L from Texas on Jul 22, 2017
4.25 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jun 17, 2017
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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 500 ml bottle into a conical pint (I have a collect, just saying').
A: Opaque brown with being truly black; mocha color head which was 1/4 inch and persisted. Not much in the way of legs.
S: Dark malts, with dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes.
T: Black coffee, dark chocolate, and hazelnut. Bitterness, nicely balanced with malt.
M: Medium to full bodies; persistent effervescence.
O: Wow! Not inexpensive, but really an exceptional drinking experience. More for dessert than the main course. Gift it to friends who can truly appreciate it.

Apr 09, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Bruno74200 from France

This is a big beer we've got here. Very bold with roasted malts, chestnuts, and citrusy/sprucey hops. Umami. It goes perfectly together in balance in great complexity. The mouthfeel is thick and nicely carbonated. This beer is strong and made for special occasion. Take care of it.

Mar 05, 2017
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bshefftz from California

Delightfully unique beer, I think due to the honey flavor. Not overly sweet, nice balance of honey sweetness and bitter-herbal flavors. Looks like a stout but defies categories. Will pick up again.

Feb 08, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Spike from England

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Black. Even when held against a light, very little shows through. Just some faint, red edging. Two fingers of mocha coloured foam (lots of big, open bubbles) recedes slowly to a 2mm cap. Leaves a few bars of crema-like lacing.
S: Piles of dark fruit steeped in sherry.
T: Coffee, liquorice, Islay whisky, oak. Sweet malt and bitter hops are perfectly balanced
F: Rich & unctuous. Hint of creamy carbonation. Finish is dry, long and boozy.
O: Outstanding. At nearly ten quid a bottle, this is a "treat yourself to something special" beer. Fortunately, it makes the mark. Rich, warming, luscious, boozy. Definitely a sipper.

Dec 05, 2016
4.1 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Oct 31, 2016
4.33 by poskok from Croatia (Hrvatska) on Sep 30, 2016
4.23 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jul 22, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Beginner2 from Illinois

The first time I Had Bracia, I enjoyed its richness, but did not think I could stomach the price/quality ratio.
Yet, here we are again.
I am Looking at an opaque ale. Its nose is very dense and rich and full of coffee, chocolate figs and the rest is mostly malt. Tastes are largely the same with some hops making the presence known... but nicely. Mouth Feel is suitable, although I personally would appreciate fewer bubbles. Maybe I'll get that if a hold the rest for tomorrow. Now, that is one way to get my moneys worth !

Listed on the "1001", I suppose it deserves to be on the list since Thornbridge is an innovative crafter and the work that goes into Bracia certainly proves that point.

May 22, 2016
4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Apr 02, 2016
4.24 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2016
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Dark brown opaque pour with a thin, bubbly, lacing ring.

S - Caramelized malt, cherries, some chocolate, vanilla molasses, oak.

T - Toasted caramel from start to finish with a subtle citrus nuance on the finish.

M - Thick medium, silky feel, very sticky on the lips.

O - Balanced and elegant.

Feb 23, 2016
4.21 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Feb 23, 2016
4.1 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Feb 18, 2016
4.27 by steverx8 from England on Jan 30, 2016
4.08 by stephenlee from England on Dec 25, 2015
3.75 by jheezee from Texas on Dec 12, 2015
4.15 by mta11c from Florida on Oct 25, 2015
4 by Schmoog from Scotland on Oct 23, 2015
4.21 by Nilsish from Connecticut on Sep 20, 2015
4.1 by valkyre65 from Texas on Sep 04, 2015
3.99 by LostHighway from Minnesota on Aug 29, 2015
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