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Thornbridge Alliance PX Reserve 2007

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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Bakewell, England
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7692) - 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 Pours deep reddy amber, again this maybe moving towards copper in colour with off white head, in the Loz inspired ’Batcave’ type light of our living room this beer looks richer in colour than the other two, in fact when I looked again in the kitchen this looked quite stunning in the glass. Aroma is warming boozey soaked oakiness, a little nutty and rich dark sugary with the alcohol leaping off in wafts. The sherry is very much present in this but being no expert in the world of sherry I would be hard pressed to know whether it was a brown bag quality Tudor Rose or Emva Cream or a truly quality effort which I’m sure that it is, whatever It is I like it. The oaky vanilla creaminess detected in the Madeira aged version is also here, its warming, richer, softer and another little step up from the Madeira. I wish I had another one of these to age but I could only get duplicates of the two other versions. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov15 3.9

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2732) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2009
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Cloudy orange, brown with a small white head Aroma: Yeast, cream, whiskey, sour, champagne and spices. Wood and orange! Flavour: Caramel initially, then alcohol, malt, wood, cinnamon and bitter hops. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle 375ml.
Light unclear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, cask wood - sherry, resin, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20090724]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Pours a red brown. Nose is some oxidation, sweet malts, wood, booze. Flavor is oak, sherry, vinousness, some spicy wood, cocoa, sweet fruity malt and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (4081) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2010
(bottle) pours a lightly hazy amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of oranges and caramel, resinous herbal hops and huge notes of sherry. flavour is again dominated by sherry, with light notes of raisins and a long alcoholic finish. strong-bodied with very faint carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle @ 3de Pre-ZBF. A little hazy dark orange colored beer, with a thick foamy off with head. The aroma of dreid fruits with malts and hints of wood. The taste is fruity some sweet with bitterness a little spices with notes wood. The aftertaste has sweetness with bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4622) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2010
@ Pre ZBF. The aroma has fruitiness, wood, apple, calvados. Hazy, orange coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is little sweet, has some cherry, wood, dried fruits. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle from madbitch, bottle shop owner in the U.K. A pricey little import, bit well worth it as a once-in-a-lifetime drinking experience. A beer, yet a spirit, with sherry, and a scotch. Yes al of the above. Wine aromas, more yeasty in the second sample. Super lacey on brown-grapefruit, with a soapy head. Understated carbonation, a good mouthfeel. A good drinker. Fruity, mostly orange and tangerine, very fine hops.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2010
Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, plum, light alcohol and sweet sherry. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, peach, sherry, raisin and plum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (7437) - 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.


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