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Thornbridge Alliance PX Reserve 2007

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Bakewell, England
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RATINGS: 67   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottles, at the tasting at the Rake, 17th Jan 09, with harrisoni and chriso. I’m not in such a pickle as Ian, since my scoring for the PX and the Madeira is identical. The PX has a strong woody aroma along with good sherry hints. The Maderia cask version has lots of toasted nuts and coconut. Slightly citric hint and a nagging aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle. Amber beer with a small white head. Light malt aroma with light toffee. Malt flavor with summer/tropical fruits and brown sugar. Medium-plus bodied. Malt and sherry lingers with light summer fruits. Slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
Thanks to Craig for opening this! Poured medium coppery-amber with a short cap of eggshell head. The aroma was heavy with toasted toffee, nutty notes, and something akin to cherries with odd accents of jalapenos and a bit of oak.. perhaps a little grappa on the back.. warm, but well-balanced. The flavor found vinous notes, caramel, and toffee sweetness with spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and sour oaky accents.. hits of vanilla and Madeira around.. warm aftertaste of barrel-y character and sherry. Heavily-bodied, spicy, and warm on the palate with lots of barrel character.. a little strange, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle shared by cgarvieuk at the pre-DLD gathering, thanks! Translucent beer that one moment appears crimson red and the next sunset bronze, small but lasting head and good lace. The aroma is quite odd, rich sweet and peaty malts, but there is also a tomato and green pepper vapours that is hard to place. Notes of Cask Aged Sherry all around the nose. The taste starts sweet and fruity before a astringent and coarsely bitter note comes following. It actually seems to work with the overall earthy and woody overtones nicely. Light spicy finish added to my enjoyment. The mouth feel is rich and aggressive but a tad flat. Overall this unique offering met my expectations and would be one I would try again if ever given the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2009
375 ml bottle, brewed spring 2007 bottled aug 2008 best before october 2013. Limited collection 629 on bottle. Pour is hazed orange golden yellow with a smallish slightly off white head. Nice full lacing. Aroma of malt, hazelnut mild caramel, fair amount of cardboard coming through. Fresher woody oak coming through in the back. Taste is caramel, flinty earthiness, sharp orange citrus, straw grass, black pepper - just a bunch going on. Nice melding of flavors. As it warms, some clove and licorice comes out a bit. Palate is medium to heavy, mouth coating long lingering finish. Touch of cardboard very late in the finish. Nice one, thanks Tom and Craig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10184) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Herbs, flowers, sherry and alcohol notable in the aroma. Flavour has oak, sherry, sweetness, alcohol and light grass notable all very nicely blended into a balanced and delicious experience. Medium to full bodied. Sweetish and alcoholwarming end. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-amber with an average size fizzy white head. Nice aroma, it’s sweet, malty and spicy along with fruit, some alcohol, oak and citrus and more. Flavour follows the aroma and is quite lovely. Medium to full bodied. Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2010
Tasted from the bottle at Kelly Ryan’s Thornbridge Tasting at the Malthouse. Rich caramel malt, a hint of spicy bubblegum, warm fruit, and a slight hot note feature in the aroma. In the mouth sweet malt, fortified fruit flavours and a long warm finish all feature. Less oaky than the Madeira cask version and note as well balanced. Still a fantastic beer and a privilege to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5123) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
Tap @ pre-ZBF 2010. Compared all three together. Slight sweet, bit inbetween, lessh ops. For me the least of the three (still quite good ofcourse).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle shared at DLD by ???. Pours a very hazy almost murky bright clowing orange amber, a bit darker, with a decent sized beige head that laces ok, dies to a film. Aromas are interesting for sure, wet oak and red wine tannins kiss the nose with a malty grainy hefty body beneath, caramel and toffee mix with biscuits, fruity citrusy orange and a touch of cherry. Initial is similar, sweet malts break away to allow the full wine and sherry experience, red wine and sweeter sherry come through, warming spirits mix with vanilla tannins and sweeter malts, a touch of citrusy fruit, a respectable bitterness sticks to the backend. A very interesting beer to have had the opportunity to try.

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