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Thornbridge / Dark Star Coalition Old Ale

Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Old Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (3216) - Tallinn, 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 (9821) - 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 (1937) - 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 (2742) - 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 (198) - 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 (2203) - 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 (10647) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2013
[cask at the Bow Bar, Edinburgh] Hazy deep orange pour, with a decent white head. Aroma is softly fruity, quite rich and almost apricoty, with some alcohol. On the taste, sweet, really soft honeysuckle, with lots of rich stone fruit; apricot and peach. Rounded out by a rich, sweet, dessert finish. Great stuff [08072013]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2315) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 17, 2013
Cask @ Bow Bar, Edinburgh [120713]
Amber, hazy, dense white head
Aroma - Rich soft pale caramel, orangey toffee, soft fruit cake spices, no hops. spicy fruits, slight liquer notes. complex nose
Taste of soft sweet sherry, vinous, soft caramel, fruit cake spices, some peppery notes, complex
Palate - Medium body, very smooth, oily,. Finish as main flavour, some warming alcohol, soft sweet sherry malts, soft spices
Overall - Shame it was too warm, colour off putting, thought it was good complex beer

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