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Thornbridge Alliance Madeira Reserve 2007

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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Bakewell, England
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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
375ml bottle fromt he brewery split with mcberko. Pours a thick, deep orange. Aroma of a dessert wine, toffee and tropical fruits. Taste and sweetness resembles that of a dessert wine, with hints of toffee with a nice, clean, hoppy finish. Moderately full bodied. Beautiful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6311) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
375mL bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property, pours a murky dark orange with a small white head. Aroma resembles that of a red wine, with tropical fruits, toffee, caramel and subtle hops. The flavour brings out the vinous qualities really effectively, meshing with the tropical fruits, toffee / caramel, and ending with subtle, but obvious hops that linger. Excellent - slightly supersedes the regular Alliance Reserve.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2011
Pours a hazy light brown with a diminishing off-white head. Smells of caramel with floral hints. Sweet with aromas of marzipan. Full bodied. Quite soft carbonation. Dry finish with tiny hints of alcohol and residual sugars.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (5059) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
Tap @ pre-ZBF 2010. Compared all three together. Hazy orange, short off-white head. Fruity, apple, madeira, slight sweet. Firm malty body. American strong ale. Great stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottled at DLD. Poured medium amber with a dusting of white head. The aroma picked up dry-aged oak upfront (but not in the typical sour fashion), with warm biscuity malts and light smoke beneath.. vinous notes and oak rose through the back of the nose. The flavor found warm vinous fruitage, biscuits, and brown sugar maltage at the core.. spicy and warm, with a fine complement from the barrel.. I loved the malt bill in here too. Warm and moderately sour on the palate with an oily texture to it.. the barrel was well-integrated, and this was a tasty brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4483) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2010
@ Pre ZBF. The aroma has caramel, madeira, oak. hazy, orange coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has caramel, apple, orange, oak, madeira and a hint of vanilla. Good body, nice balance. For me the best Of the 2007 Alliance series.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2010
Had this one at the Pre-ZBF 2010. Orange colored brew. Sweet, tart aroma. Flavor is sweet, marsipan, alcohol and fruits.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2809) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle @ 3de Pre-ZBF. A hazy dark orange/golden colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma of fruits like apricot with some citrus and orange. Some malts and a little sweet. The taste is fresh fruity like apricot with a nice warmnes of alcohol. Some bitterness and sweets. The aftertaste is some sweet, moving to some bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2407) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 8, 2010
Tasted at PreZBF Festival, Belgium.
Poured reddish-orange with a small fine creamy tan-off white lacing head. Fine vinous oak and sourish aroma with summer fruits, toffee and vanilla. Fruity flavor with a nice sweetness, vinous taste of barrels. Light vanilla with oak and a bit of booze. Rich and smooth, nice barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3789) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle @ Pre-ZBF. Cloudy deep orange pour, small off white head. Aroma of hops with liquor, madeira I guess, and orange. Flavour is sweet orange with mildly bitter hops hops and the madeira.


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