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Thornbridge Alliance Madeira Reserve 2007

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

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2009
2 year old bottle into trappist glass. Pours a hazy orange, small dissapearing head. Aroma is wine and very fruity, apple like and a fair bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet, fruity, orange and apple, sweet madeira flavours and grapes. Finish is sweet and alcoholic, but just steers clear of cloying. Decent and intruiging beer, I’d like to try this again should I ever see it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Beige head. Madeira evident in the aroma. as well some fruits and alcohol notable. Flavour of vanilla, sweetness and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. End on a quite alcohol dense bitterness. Quite balanced and complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32344) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
37.5 cL bottle. Pours unclear orange with a fully gone head. Aroma is smooth fruity and malty. Sweet fruity, light sharpness and subdued sweetness malt flavoured. Fruity and sweet malt flavoured finish with a solid bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has of wood, brettanomyces, fruit, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits, caramel, alcohol, peaches, and some malt, leading to a bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle at both The Rake brewery tasting and then again at The Grove in Huddersfield shared with Haddonsman. The coconut I taste in this makes me like the PX version better for me, but this is still exceptional. This is a classy barley wine which always puts me in a happy place. Not too sweet but has that intensity that I like from something like a fortified wine. Still it is full bodied and a great beer. Love it to bits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17636) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty oaky madeira aroma. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with oaky madeira hints. Has a sweetish malty warming oaky finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Bottle at home ... with Wetherel ... copper big bubbly head... yeasty fruity nose ... rich toffee ... some plum and raisins ... lots of orange peel ... little spice... ok but dont seem quit right ...

Tk 2 ... Bottle at home with TimE ... copper ... sweet pine toffee hop ... juicy ... sweet toffee ... malts ...lots of plums and other sweet dark fruits ... nice ... but is it worth the extra wonga ... im not quite convinced... bottle at home ... drunk nov 2014 ... dark malts ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet malts ... juicy roast ... soft berries fruit nose ... soft blackcurrant .. soft sweet madeirs ... soft fruits ... soft fruit ... nice soft and rich fryuity 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11260) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, Madmitch76]
Looks wonderful. Fine, hazy orange with a big, creamy, staying, off-white head. Aroma has fat malts, oak, sweet vanilla, some plums, light vinious. Overripe apples. Low carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful. Flavour is sweet, lots of malt. Caramel, bready, some unmalted corn, vinoius, raisins, overripe apples. The oak aging is very apparent. There is some fruitiness, some port, some madeira. Nicely sweet and warming in the finish. Very nice, but the alcohol is perhaps just a tad too overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle form beermerchants. A bit more sweet than the unaged version. Fruity. Some over ripe fruit in the finish. Lovely stuff, whi I had some bottles to lay down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle, thanks Ken. Pours cloudy copper/amber, with a tan head. Aroma is fruit, alcohol, oak, and vanilla. Flavor is oak, fruit, vanilla, wine, and alcohol.Nice, and I’d expect it’ll get better with age.


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