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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Coalition Old Ale
Date: February 12, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy orange, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, sweet orange, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet fruity orange flavor, light bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2012
Hazy orange colour with a quickly gone head. Smells fruity, sharp, some yeast, malty. Tastes bitter, hoppy, fresh.. Very nice! Great carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierkoning (12581) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2012
From bottle @ ACBF 2012. Golden color. Vinous aroma with grapes. Vinous, dusty alcoholic flavor. Cellar notes. A bit of a turnoff after the nice aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (34708) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottled. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of straw, bread, and malt. The lavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, hops, alcohol, and bread, leading to a dry finish. Reminds me more of a bock than an old ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 50 cl. Pours a cloudy opaque golden with a small, rough off-white head. Fruity and phenollic aroma with quite some hop presence. Medium body, sweet fruit and again heavy phenols. Quite messy to be honest. 030312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12757) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2012
(500ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of raisins, leather, red grape skin, mustiness, and licorice. Flavor of honey, caramel, raisins, wood, and butterscotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6886) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle - Amber in colour. Hoppy and peachy aroma with notes of biscuity malt. Hoppy taste with notes of tea, peach and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9236) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle from Pangaea Sacramento. Pours cloudy blonde with a toffee aroma and a very mellow caramel and treacle flavor with a hint of peach. This beer is easy to drink and very satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours hazy ripe apricot with a slight beige head. Rich semi-dark fruit aroma. Med body (almost). Fruity. Peachy. Underlying roast malt with a slight touch of tobacco/leather. Mouthsmacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2011
(Gravity cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 25 Nov 2011) Hazy amber colour with brief head. Fruity, malty nose with citrus, dried fruit and hints of oak wood. Fruity, malty taste with notes of dried fruit, citrus, apricots, honey and floral hops in a finish with a fairly gentle bitterness. More than medium body, slightly sweetish. Very nice.

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