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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: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to mes had at the Barbican. Alround rating: Honey big sweet malt, plums and raisin fruits, peppery alcohol is less than subtle, dryish finish. Its too big for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle 375ml.
Clear medium orange amber color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry, raisin, wood, alcohol. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20090724]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle from god knows where, drunk by the fountains and the lake out the back of the Barbican.
A right bright amber colour with a decent off white head and a very slight haze. The nose is faintly oxidised with some faint cardboard. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s excellent. Glorious preserve jam, leather, burnt sugar, excellent deep malty tones and just all round interesting and sniffable. The flavour follows on well with a distinct oaky note and some superb caramel. Rich peppery alcohol but not at all over bearing. Complex yet balanced. Glorious palate, rich and chewy with just the right amount of carbonation to stop it sticking. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2010 Bottle 37,5 cl. Comes as "Thornbridge Alliance Strong Ale Reserve 2007" with purple on the label. Pours slightly hazy reddish amber with an off-white head. Intense aroma of overripe fruit and massive alcohol. Fairly solid body, sweet overripe fruit, wood and caramel - somewhat oxidized. Subdued bitterness with a warming alcohol in the finish. 190110

Bottle 37,5 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Slightly hazy golden with an off-white head. Spicy, woody nose. Quite full-bodied, wood and overripe fruit. Fairly alcoholic finish with some hoppines. 7/3/7/3/14= 3.4 240709

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Huge thanks to my friend, Craig, cgarvieuk, for having dinner and breaking out the haggis! Amber color. Creamy head. Sweet. Thicker body. Barrel aging is mild. Maybe some pleasant oxidation. Excellent. A bit of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-red with a large lasting fluffy off-white head -- nice! Aroma of oranges, herbs, some bubblegum, more fruit, alcohol, white wine, wood and more -- lots going on here. Flavour’s fruity and malty along with floral hops, alcohol, wood, yeast and herbs. Medium bodied. If it weren’t for the high alcohol this would almost be refreshing, but either way it’s really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (20419) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty aroma with hints of caramel and some hoppy hints. Fruity malty slightly yeasty caramel flavor with some woody hints. Has a sweetish fruity malty caramel finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11018) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Grassy, floral aroma with a heavy alcohol touch. Flavour has caramel, ripe fruits and grassy notes. Medium bodied. Fruity and dry end with a huge alcoholbite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (31419) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, fruit, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, fruit, and wood, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Light herbal and caramelish aroma, light alcohol presence. Sweet malty, complex fruity and light wooden smooth vanilla like note. Fruity and yeasty lingering flavoured finish.

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