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Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007

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Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007
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Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Bakewell, England
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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (13343) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10778) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3430) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4028) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9830) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (6388) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (8550) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2011
On draught at the Boreft Beer Festival, 2011. Pours a golden brown colour with no head. Alcohol is fairly present with a sake quality and some caramel. A little thin with a warming alcohol finish. OK.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
On tap @ Borefts 2011. Appearance is golden brown with little head. Aroma is raisins, muscat, brown sugar, honey and port. Medium on the palate and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet - caramel, raisins, dates and a touch of date. To me, this represents a barley wine very well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3161) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 24, 2011
Very flat and dull looking. Raisin, grapes, alcohol, not much more. Drier than it should be (for me). Sticky body. Nah, not great. (At Borefts)


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