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Thornbridge Alecost

Thornbridge Alecost
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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Stout
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask, Special
The concept for Alecost began with the thought of producing a stout style ale with substantial amounts of crystal rye malt to give a distinctive black red tinge and delicious toasty biscuit character. Amber, Munich, and Black malts were also used and married with a touch of "Pacific Rim" hops. The intensely orange-esque Sorachi Ace hop from Japan and the delicate Riwaka from New Zealand are blended with Caraway seeds and Costmary, an enigmatic herb grown in the gardens at Thornbridge Hall. Costmary or Alecost as it is also known has been used in brewing since the 15th century and is known for its slight balsamic characters and wonderful spearmint aroma. Use of these ingredients gives Alecost mint and balsamic hint to its nose, a smooth mouthfeel and an almost cooling quality in the swallow due to the presence of the brewing herbs. It also has hints of light chocolate and roasted characters and a touch of malty bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2010
Cask handpull at White Horse, Parsons Green. I ordered this and because it was during a festival, they had no idea which pump the beer came from so I ended up with a half of golden beer in front of me and I had to say that this isn’t what I ordered as the pump clip for the Alecost clearly states that it is a stout and this is clearly not a stout. Should be a good pub, but the staff here do make me wonder sometimes. Not to my taste really. A bit too much of the liquorice and herb. Others at the table really liked it, but just a bit oily and too herby rather than a roasty dry stout which I prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Cask at The White Horse, Parsons Green, 7th August 09. Deep dark brown. Nearly still. Roasted malt aroma and flavour - lots of chocolate and caramel. Rich full palate that feels a bit heavy for the strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2009
Cask @ The White Horse, Parsons Green, London SW6. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12884) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2009
Black with a lasting off-white head. Spicy aroma with toffee and roast. Sweet and roasted flavour with an elegant spicy touch

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ White Horse, 11-3 Parson’s Green, London, Greater London, England SW6 4UL.
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, smoke peat, vanilla light notes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090807]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2009
Cask, Peterborough Fest 09. Very dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are molasses and leather with roast malts and a light burnt character. Some oily notes. Flavours are dark chocolate with some weetabix malts. Burnt toast with woody notes. Bitter and lightly vinous. Has evident alcohol on the finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7849) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2009
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 7 Aug 2009) Black colour with foamy, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of dark fruit, raisins, prunes and spices. Malty, roasted taste with dark fruit, caramel, coffee and a slightly spicy finish with a decent bitterness. Slightly above medium body, some sweetness lingering throughout. Very tasty and very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6805) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2009
Cask (White Horse, Parsons Green, London) - Black with some red tinges when held to the light. Roasted aroma with a creamy hint. Roasted taste with coffee, chocolate and some hoppy elements. The finish is roasted with hints of coffee and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
Cask conditioned Gravity Dispense Peterborough BF. A black beer with a short lived thin beige head. The aroma is fruity and roasty with some herbal notes. Roasty, fruity and spicy in the mouth. Tasty smooth and different. To be fair I was searching for a minty character which I reckon I got but it was subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Festival Bar at the Bhurtpore Inn, Aston 16/11/2008 Fruit and hop aromas. Black with some alcohol present. Crisp with some dryness and bitterness in a burnt roast finish.

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