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Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007

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


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to Fin for trading me this one, 13/08/14. Murky chestnut brown with moderate beige edgeing. Nose is mellow dark fruits, dates, vanilla fudgedom, fruit cake. Taste comprises light booze, spice, light musty tones, dark toffee, trace of vanilla. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close. Decent - has aged well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at Jack’s, big thanks to Colin! It pours murky deep brown with a small white head. The nose is toasty, toffee, lights fruits, sweet raisin, sultana, rich and earthy. The taste is slick, woody, caramel, toffee, candied fruits, fruit cake, plum skin, banana bread with a smooth, earthy finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Has aged gracefully. Rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Colleen! Huge want taken down. Deep soupy brown with a small head. Definite oxidization, but welcomed. Cherry skin, apple, cider and leather. Tobacco. Cinnamon and roasted malt flavor. Cocoa. Caramel and red apples. Plums. Interesting sugary oxidized fruits. Full body, oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (15068) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
11th December 2010
Very hazy amber beer, small fluffy white head. Palate is semi dry and crispy. Mild prickly carbonation and minerals. Lovely fruit salad sweets that are just lightly sour. Mild toffee caramel malt, creamy too boot. Slash of coca cola before the crisp finish. Hugely drinkable. 11%? Your having a laugh! Drinks like 7%. Fabulous beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Hazy amber with a lasting off-white head. Sweet fruity and floral aroma with a touch of spice. Fruit and spice flavour with vineous alcohol notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (4003) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2011
Orange to amber colour with a small white head. Smells hoppy, alcoholic and a bit sharp. Tastes sharp hops and bitter. Great carbo, full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4423) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2011
Draught or cask @ BBF’11: Small white head on top of a hazy darker orange colored beer. Smell malts, barleys, nail polish. Taste fruit, orange, tangerine, peach, barleys, light toasted malts, light creamy. Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a light creamy texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10967) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2011
Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours a clear, ruby-amber with a great, foamy, off-white head. Big ripe fruit nose, some definite raisin notes. Extremely sweet flavor, notes of pear, toffee, caramel, fig, raisin, banana. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish, more sugar, sweet toast, dried fruits. Superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8214) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at Borefts Beer Festival @ De Molen, Bodegraven. Dark orange / light red color, white head. Smell alcohol, sugar and maybe some alcohol. Taste sweet, alcohol, not really good. Not balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle (RBESG2011, Grand Tasting)
Super citrussy toilet-cube aroma, honey too. It’s a touch disappoointing. There’s some alcohol present, and the bitterness is out of balance with the woodiness. Sugary palate. Both too old and too young.

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