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Thornbridge Alliance PX Reserve 2007

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

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9116) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to Fin for trading me this one, 13/08/14. Lightly hazed dark amber with a moderate beige covering. Nose is sticky toffee pudding, sherry vibes, stoned fruits, toffee fudge. Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, vanilla fudge, spice, dark toffee, figgy jam, subtle oaky sherry tones. Medium + body, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close. Great stuff, has aged well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7058) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle big thanks to Colin! It pours murky golden-brown with a small white head. The nose is sweet, juicy fruits, candied peel, wood, jam and big apricot feel about it. he taste is sweet, creamy, doughy, booze, oxidized malts, vanilla, fudge, toasted brown sugar, vinous notes and jam with a smooth, warming finish. Full body and decent carbonation. Rich, sweet and warming. A rather great sipper. Interesting and great depth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Colin. Pours lightly unclear, rich gold with a foamy off-white head. Medium o big sweet flavor, some grainy malts, toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, lots of toasty toffee, light earth, golden raisins, aged pale fruits. Great stuff. I love it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4671) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Colleen! Deep soupy light brown with a small head. Vanilla and cherry, brown sugar. A bit of heat, apple brandy. The taste is cherry leather, quite boozy. Soft acidic coffee. Red apples. Wood and dark chocolate. Medium body, soft. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
11th December 2010
Very hazy dark amber beer. Small but tidy off white head. Well integrated wood, fruits and sherry on the nose. Light palate, a little soft and semi dry. Sweetish light malt with traces of wood and sherry. Fruit salad sweets - well buried. Caramel toffee comes to the fore as the beer finishes semi soft and semi dry. Lovely unique beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10869) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2012
cloudy red amber, small offwhite hhead. malty woody, slightly fruity aroma, boozy, solid, nice.flavor is malty, nutty, boozy, sweet fruity, wood bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle shared during Mikkel’s and Thomass’ visit in Athens, Oct 2009. with a thin head. Malty aroma, with lots of wood and sherry. Full body, malty taste, with lots of fruit, vanilla, wood and sherry. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (10833) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
Zu Beginn ist das Bier erdig und torfig, dabei süß und angenehm hopfig mit likörartigem Beiton. Dieser Beiton enthält holzige Nuancen, die sich trotz ihrer Milde positiv hervorheben und das Bier intetressanter machen. Ausgeglkichen, sogar süffig ist das eher schwere Bier. Im Hintergrund subtil alkoholisch. 9/10/9/10//10

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
375mL bottle from the brewery, split with mcberko, pours a murky amber/orange with a very fine head. Aroma of syrup, lightly toasted caramel. Tastes similar to aroma but with a buttery texture and taste of sherry, with a pleasant hoppy finish, and almost soapy - in a good way. Quite stong alcohol flavour. Leaves a comforting burning sensation in the throat..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (6702) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2011
375mL bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property, pours murky dark orange with a small white head. Aroma of brandy, tropical fruits, caramel / toffee and candied sugar. Flavour is very liqueur-like, emanating the brandy qualities most potently, with the tropical fruits and caramel / toffee blended superbly. Hops aren’t are as apparent on this one as the other two. The aging qualities are most prominent on this one. Most fantastic.


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