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Thornbridge / Dark Star Coalition Old Ale

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Old Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Bottle & cask; Special.

This Coalition Ale based on the classic Old ale stylw was brewed on 25 February 2009 when the Thornbridge brewing team were joined by Mark Tranter from Dark Star Brewing in Sussex. Matured for almost two years and now ready to be sipped and enjoyed - cheers!
This unfiltered orange-hued Ale pours with a fine white head. The aroma offers notes of sandalwood and honey. In the mouth it has a soft quality but overall it’s dry with a mouth-coating bitterness and notes of honey and oriental resin. The finish has a subtle bitterness reminiscent of liquorice root.

Malts: Maris Otter Pale Ale and Crystal
Hops: Atlas, Aurora and Liberty.
Brewed February 2009 and bottled October 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2973) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2016
Cask at Cloisters. Murky copper brown. Nose is bitter caramel, fruits, toffee. Tastes almost overly sweet toffee, caramel, plums, prunes, wood, light citrus peel, some nuts and fruits, a bit boozy. First didnt like but quite a lot going on. Still too sweet, maybe doesnt fit that well in cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Cask at the bow bar. Pours hazy amber, lots of caramel and toffee, bit too sickly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (6436) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2015
500ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear dark amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Raisins, prunes, malty, sweet, fruity notes in aroma. Lovely aroma. Plum stones. caramel, raisins with stones in taste. Feels bit thin, but still delicious. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14127) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 9, 2015
500ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge) BB2014/02 Drunk 2015/02
Beautifully nutty aroma, walnut, some blackcurrant leaf. Nice orange, touch of a haze, small tight head. Beautiful malty body, it has a wonderful mellowness to it, an aged sophistication. Hops are dry and aged, a little bit like a dusty attic. But the sweetness from the plums is lovely too. Palate is remarkably light, there’s no 7.3% here, or if there is, it’s so well integrated into the rest of the tastes that it’s not noticeable at all. Finish is dry, such nice earthy hops. This gives me everything short of "wow", so has to be 3.9. If one aspect could have broken through the wow boundary, it could have been meteoric.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2614) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2014
From old tasting notes - Cloudy amber with head. Minty toothpaste herbal aroma. Minty orange herbal with soft carbo. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Collaboration with Dark Star, with firm, snow white head and orange blonde colour; spicy, yeasty aroma with hints of melon, apple, wood and orange peel; complex malty taste, restrained fruitiness, citrus peel, caramel malts, smooth, somewhat vinous, floral hops in the end. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Cask Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2013, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2013 - Apparently brewed in 2009; this is a 4 year old cask. Hazy Orangey Amber in colour. Fruity; orange marmalade, citrus fruits, raisins, hint of cherry. Malty; bready malts, caramel, barley sugar, notes of honey. Some spice. Slightly vinous. Hoppy; subtle light hop bitterness. Sweet fruity malty throughout. Drying finish. Complex beer. Interesting. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tomy63 (200) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - DEC 21, 2013
couleur or, épicée, moyennement amère, très fruité (pamplemousse, citron).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Cask at White Horse Old Ale fest 2013, Parsons Green, London. A hazy straw coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Orangey, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, orangey, malty, caramel, slight sweetness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17245) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2013, 10/08/13. Hazed golden amber with a thin off white head. Nose is bready malts, light must, dark fruits, toffee, booze waft. Taste comprises bitter fruits, orange, toffee, light booze notes, fruit loaf, sugars. Medium bodied, fine carbonation. Ok but had expected more from Thornbridge (Hall!).

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