Thornbridge Alecost

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Ashford in the Water, England
5.2% Stout | 15 Ratings | Special Release |
Cask, Special
The concept for Alecost began with the thought of producing a stout style ale with substantial amounts of crystal rye malt to give a distinctive black red tinge and delicious toasty biscuit character. Amber, Munich, and Black malts were also used and married with a touch of "Pacific Rim" hops. The intensely orange-esque Sorachi Ace hop from Japan and the delicate Riwaka from New Zealand are blended with Caraway seeds and Costmary, an enigmatic herb grown in the gardens at Thornbridge Hall. Costmary or Alecost as it is also known has been used in brewing since the 15th century and is known for its slight balsamic characters and wonderful spearmint aroma. Use of these ingredients gives Alecost mint and balsamic hint to its nose, a smooth mouthfeel and an almost cooling quality in the swallow due to the presence of the brewing herbs. It also has hints of light chocolate and roasted characters and a touch of malty bitterness in the finish.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
clear hazy cloudy sparkling

Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
light medium heavy

Bitter
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Sour
light medium heavy

Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
thin oily creamy sticky slick thick

Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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