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Thornbridge Alliance Madeira Reserve 2007

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Bakewell, England
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16727) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11184) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6106) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1716) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7421) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2009
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4822) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2009
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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2009
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.

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