Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007

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


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
During 2007, an alliance based on friendship and love of great beer between Thornbridges Head Brewer Stefano Cossi and Brooklyn Brewerys 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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
From my friend wyzzywyz22 enduring a two month voyage. Surprising collaboration with Brooklyn Brewing in New York. If you read this Rich, remind me to send you some of Mr. Olivers selections on our next trade. He has a Chocolate Stout Im sure you love. This one is richly wine like in aroma. Very fruity and sweet. The flavor is fruity and well balanced with a hefty alcohol bite. Who cares about the finish after a couple of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle at home. Clear amber/golden - white head. Barley sharpness, hoppy, marzipan, high sweetness, brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel. Clean british Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27716) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle at Theis og Mette. Cloudy amber coloured with a medium sized white head. Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and marzipan with notes of dried fruits. Sweet flavour of caramel, liquorice powder, marzipan and dried frits with notes of hops. Sweet and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours a nice orange color. Nose is fruit esters, grape, sweet wine, caramel, toffee, plum, hints of cherry. Flavor is white wine, sweet malts, fruity and earthy, touch of dry wood, some apple, nice sherry notes. A bit boozey at times, but I like boozey. Very nice as always from Thornbridge!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle courtesy of madmitch76, thanks again Ken. Pours copper-ish with gold edges and lasting tan head. The aroma is a mix of various light skinned type fruits along with prunes, dates, floral hops and spice hops with slick sweet malts in the background. The taste is sweet and slick with malts then moving into apricots, ripe cherries, some raisins and prunes. Toward the finish I get a murmuring of hops popping up from time to time. It seems more age will do it well. Wish I had more of this series around to let age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - 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 (48040) - 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 (7117) - 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. Dont get me wrong though, its 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 (25063) - 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 (1875) - Cupertino, 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.

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