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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
944play (401) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
500ml at Toad in the Hole. Foggy deep orange with small, lasting foam. Floral, dusty, minty, honey aromas. Firm yet gentle sweetness, chipper spice notes, and again hints of dust. A little bit of coagulance at the back of the throat, but otherwise nothing untoward in the mouthfeel. Very bright, balanced, drinkable, and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Cask at the Euston Tap, 1st Dec 2010. Orange, very small white head. Lovely marmalade nose with resin and underlying sharper citrus notes. Resinous, rich flavour. Great weight - heavy enough for you to respect it but light enough to drink by the pint. Just the right amount of ’cling’ in the mouth. Lovely beer. Additional notes, bottle from Drink of Fulham (brewed Feb 09, bottled Oct 2010), drunk 8th March 2012. Still superb - really delivers what the label promises: sandalwood and honey on the nose, liquorice bittterness at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Totally awesome old ale and not far off fillers va in terms of elegance. Beautiful colour and the aroma's all plums and raisins. Uncredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
Gravity, Euston Tap Very interesting aroma. Loads of aromatic spices, herbs, fresh bread, just love spices so this is great for me,. Thick white lacing. grassy and floral hop bite, citrus, bread, spices and herbs. I love spices in a beer and am definitely digging this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle @ ACBF. Aroma is red fruit, some malt and yeast. Flavour is fruity, quite sweet, creamy,, some spices. Hard to define but very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (4334) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Hazy orange pour. Aroma is spicy, fruity with candy tangerine. Sweet flavor and also quite bitter. Well balanced. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5002) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle. Bronze leaning towards orange appearance. Small head and a combination of citrus and hops. Comlex and interesting flavours. The name was a bit off putting. The coalition ( government ) is evil, this beer is lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14098) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (6435) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2010
Cask at the Euston Tap. Pours clear, rich gold with a thick, white cream head. Strongly attenuated malt aroma with notes of honey, toffee and lightly burnt sugar. Very nice flavor, with more attenuated sugar, caramel, bread, and hints of booze. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation and mild warmth. Thinner in body than I would have expected. Relatively short finish, lightly warming, hinting of sugar, alcohol and toffee. Starts great in the nose but struggles a bit to keep it up. Still, overall a pretty nice beer.

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