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Thornbridge Alliance Madeira Reserve 2007

 (RETIRED)
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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Bakewell, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
During 2007, an alliance based on friendship and love of great beer between Thornbridge’s Head Brewer Stefano Cossi and Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver led to the brewing of this refined strong ale which has been matured for over 18 months before being bottled. The collection includes the unoaked Alliance Strong Ale and two finished exclusively in fortified wine casks: Spanish oak Pedro Ximenez Sherry (PX) and American oak Madeira. We hope you enjoy this unique tasting experience


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (775) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 29, 2015
At the 8th tasting (round 2), held in Vranovo and Pozarevac. 2007 bottle courtesy of mortlach from Rome, ciao e grazie mille. Pours a reddish pink color, hazy, almost no head. Nose: caramel, mou, leather. Mouth: mild dusty notes, caramel, frizzy end and quite bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2015
At Belgrade Eighth Tasting, round two. Bottle. Thanks Mortlach! 2007 vintage. Very soft bubbly head, dark mahogany, woody, red-brown. More red fruity, some tannins. Lots of leather. Still. Lovely, I enjoyed more with red fruit than original.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1287) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 26, 2014
375ml bottle shared at home. Deep amber-mahogany color a very thin foam than rapidly disappears. Aroma of dried fruits, raisins, caramel, sciacchetrà, oxidation. Flavour is sweet, caramel, toffee, raisins, some liquorice, very complex but a bit messy. Full body, no carbonation. I would prefer it if more refined.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Brown, headless, lightly greasy. Smooth biscotti honeycombed, little bit liquorice coming through moreover than the non barrelleded. Soft bitterness and big sweetness, odd see saw with a cloying mouthfeel and tiniest ABV..

Bottle, Flu Jab Tasting

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3020) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Aroma is oxidised, funky, spicy oak. Taste is oaky, dried fruit, cake mix. Medium body. Decent

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6322) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear chestnut with a thin white head. Aromas of sherry, oak, boozy. Taste is light sweet, dry finish. Marzipan.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is toffee, vanilla, oak, taste is sweet toffee, caramel, fruity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12715) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to Fin for trading me this one, 13/08/14. Murky mahogany brown with a moderate beige covering. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugars, dark toffee fudge, dates, spice. Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, vanilla, spice, dark toffee, lightly oxidised tones but holding up well, spice, molasses, oaky wood. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze inthe close. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at Jack’s, massive thanks to Colin! It pours murky brown with minimal head. The nose is soft, fruity, caramel, candy, berry, rich vinous, some oxidization, Madeira and jam. The taste is slick, oily, candy vinous notes, wood, jam, raisin, strawberry, raspberry and oxidized malts. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Good depth and fruitiness. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Colleen! Soupy brown pour with a small tan head. Golden delicious apples. Notes of oxidized leather and toffee. Raisin banoffee pie. The taste is still a bit hot. Leather and cherry, old apples and raspberry tartness. Fruit leather. Very moreish. Quite lovely. Oily, great.


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