Thornbridge Alchemy XIV

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Ashford in the Water, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Dry hopped Barley Wine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (10076) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2011
Cask, gravity at Boreft Beer Festival, De Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands, 24.09.11 Pours amber/orange, crystal clear with no head. Quite thick in the mouth with a steady warmth and a middling sweetness, fruity with some hoppiness showing. Pleasant but not as good as some of the Thornbridge beers on offer here. A6 A5 T7 P3 Ov13 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2011
Cask @ BBF 2011. Clear golden pour, no head. Buttery, creamy and hoppy aroma. Flavor is thick hoppy with decent solid malts. A little too buttery but still quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26845) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2011. Clear amber coloured with a small white head. Fruity aroma of grass, caramel and hops. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, grass and hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (42183) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
From cask. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and light hoppy. Bitter, fruity and light hoppy. Toasted malty and fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2011
Cask Conditioned Handpump Wellington Birmingham. An amber coloured beer with whitish bubbles for a head. A proper English barley wine. Boozy Christmas cake fruitiness throughout. Dipped bread and candlewax. No massive alcohol flavours but there is a warming quality. English style hops. Nice and tongue coating. Tasty and improves through the glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3199) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
Cask at Craft beer Co, Clerkenwell, London. An amber coloured pour with a small fluffy white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Tastes sweet, fruity, sherbert. Quite boozy and warming, some Belgian influence for sure, a little unrefined but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (19888) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2011
Cask at the Craft Beer Co., London. Pours clear ruby with a bubbly, white head. Ripe fruit and booze in the aroma. Medium to big sweet flavor, some toffee and caramel, lots and lots of alcohol, some ripe fruit. Warm finish, heavy booze notes, some ripe and sugary fruits. Some cherry liquor in there. A rather boozy character on the whole. Not awful, but a little rough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
EdKing (2483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2011
Pours light brown. Nose is sweet vinegary, malt, musky. Taste is not nice. Cardboard, caramel malt, candy sugar and touch of sourness. Dry and sour bitterness. Imagine someone got a Belgian ale, added candy sugar, vinegar and then pissed in it. An experiment that has gone badly wrong. Ordered a half and left most of it on the bar. Back to the drawing board lads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (23757) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 26th August 2011
On tap at Craft Beer. Clear dark amber beer, little bubbly off white head. Light and very dry palate. Low, almost non existent, carbonation. Sweet dry caramel starts before getting a smack in the chops from astringent bitter bitter orange and bubblegum. Extremely dry finish with a long bitter bitter linger. Struggled through quarter of a pint of this and then drain poured. I like big beers and Thornbridge have done some fantastic big beers but this one ticks no boxes at all for me. Original rating 2.0.

24th September 2011
Borefts Beer Festival 3. A retry of a beer I really didnt like, never going to be a fan of this but a little time has passed and the dryness and the bitterness have faded a bit. Caramel toffee malt, bitter english hops, mild orange citrus. Ok now - at least drinkable.

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