Thornbridge Brewery

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Strong Ale - English
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4.25 | pDev: 10.35%
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

9% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, earth, molasses, smoke, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, peat, smoke, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of ingredients in the smell and taste, but the carbonation level on this one is a bit too low to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 14, 2015
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beernads from Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Nov 18, 2013
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Marius from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark and roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of sour peat. Full bodied with a great mouthfeel. One of those beers I am grateful for having within easy reach.

Nov 17, 2014
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parintele from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Aug 05, 2014
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Spike from England

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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jsteel2 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Mar 23, 2013
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FLima from Brazil

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Aug 23, 2013
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Liquoric3 from Germany

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Dec 03, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Sep 12, 2013
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His_Royal_Hoppiness from England

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Jun 27, 2014
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GRUUMSH from Belgium

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 10, 2015
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avschmitt from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

May 13, 2013
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Temptation from Spain

5/5  rDev +17.6%

Sep 23, 2014
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Swooy from Poland

4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 15, 2015
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Hultkrantz from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Apr 06, 2014
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CTJman from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Apr 28, 2013
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BKArmstrong from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Mar 12, 2013
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Noyt from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

Sep 27, 2014
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Ale-ienation from California

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

May 07, 2013
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HookemHops13 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Sep 28, 2013
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CDCNAM from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Aug 06, 2013
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Jame515 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 22, 2015
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steverx8 from England

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 30, 2016
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 18, 2017
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Kurmaraja from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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