Fin (6901) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I picked up at Stirchley Wines, B’ham, Apr 09 shared with dad 16-05-09 Much like the unoaked Alliance this pours a deep amber, but edging towards copper in colour with off white head, this also has a slight haze but I’m quite sure that this is the result of a slightly careless pour by yours truly. I’m not sure that I’ve ever had Madeira but I would imagine that the wafts from this being slightly exotic and fortified winelike are what I’m getting. There is a good oakiness as well on the nose. Taste is oaky, creamy vanilla, Loz detected a figginess in the mouth, this was softer and a little more refined than the standard version. There was still a nice warming and boozy wooziness when drinking this beer and it was significantly better than the standard version but still no world beater. A7 A4 F8 P4 Ov15 3.8
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beermerchants. Deep red copper with a healthy tan head. Complex fruity aroma, quite tart, with soothing oaky vanilla and hints of chocolate. Fruit and vanilla flavours, good balance. Wonderful, but then can you go wrong with a Madeira cask?
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Carringtons, Chorlton. I think this has to be my favourite of all the Alliance series. Poured a bronze colour with a multitude of swirling bubbles and a good lookin’ plump off white head. The Madeira sherry casks definitely show up in the aroma which had a smokiness that somehow reminded me of fireworks (cherry bombs?!). Also, notes of golden syrup and fruit. Slides down very smoothly, maybe even slightly creamy. Complex flavour that has much to recommend it and deserves to be lingered over. A fruitiness there which is hard to pin down, maybe raspberry/summer fruits.
The ever present woody aspect mingles expertly with well balanced yeast, malt and hop. Didn’t want this one to end, and hope to exercise enough self restraint to hold onto a bottle for a couple of years.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Yellow with a small creamy head. Vanilla dominates a full bodied beer as you would expect. despite its strength it is not overpowering.Like drinking a glass of time aged port crossed with a class beer. Awesome.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bronze and fizzy. Lightly fruity with gorgeous sherry flavours. Underlying light oak and dried apricots. Light and fruity again in te mouth with sherry and port reminiscences and sweet citrus rind (the candied kind grandmothers put in cakes.
Smooth and easy on the palate, the light bubbles accentuating the lovely flavours. An amazing beer, very well thought through. Garrett Oliver strikes again.
daniele (4775) - ITALY - MAR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ambrato carico buona schiuma piuttosto persistente note vinose frutta rossa legno un po di ossidazione scaldante buona intensità
RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dull dark brown beer with strong head. The aroma is very vinous, and the flavour is very strongly vinous and port like with a rich, malty and quite bitter finish. Overall a very good beer.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Really well done. Lots of warming malty notes, and some salty, oaky, slightl vanilla oak characters. Beautiful sherry notes, smooth, yet assertive. Warming and boozy, but in a good way. Really nice. I’m proud to have this at my work!!
leaparsons (7671) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Golden brown with a massive off-white foam. Aromas are woody and smoky with leather. Toffee, raisins and pear with some soy saltiness. Peppery and woody with whisky and port. Flavours are toffee malts with spices. Vinous with woody notes and pine hops. Some sweet chocolate and caramel. Yeasty with a warming, smooth palate. Great.