Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007

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

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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

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3.9
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle from Beermerchants. Glowing orange copper with a big, creamy and lacing head. Fruity aroma, some alcohol, plums. Sweet and fruity with well-balanced herbal hop bitterness. Full-bodied and rich. Very good.

3.8
harrisoni (19425) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2009
Served from a bottle at the Thornbridge tasting at The Rake. Herby hop aroma, some intense syrupy malt. Victoria plums and other white stone fruits. Fruit flavours really come through, Melon. Wow. Stunning. Some Belgian tripel style crystallised fruit. Good, but not exceptional.

4.1
wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle, Carringtons, Chorlton. Poured a sliightly hazy faded gold colour with a thin rimmed off white head. Aroma was super sweet m’lud, with notes of Mr Sheen, pine, nougat, booze and tangerine. Its a grower, yesiree get that up yer nasal pipes. Flavours unfolded organically with each passing sip. The 11% is certainly noticable, but this brew is crafted and balanced so well that everything comes together in proportion pretty seamlessly. My 600th Rate.

4.1
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Sampled on 2/7/2009. This barleywine pours a medium orange gold color from a 33cl bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange, caramel, sweet and fruity. A medium to full bodied barleywine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of citrus and tangerine flavors. Nice balance. Good carbonation. A very nice sipping Barleywine. Thanks to Phil L for sharing this one. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4
marcus (10760) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
From PhilL’s bottle at The Bistro DIPA fest. This copper ale poured with a massive beige head and a pleasant fruity aroma. There is a complex set of tastes such as plum, raisin, citrus and pine, over a solid malt background. This is another Transatlantic collaboration that produced a wonderful and unique brew.

4.2
bhensonb (15861) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle generously shared by PhilL at Bistro DIPA festival. Mild citrus aromas of tangerine and orange. Amber color with a huge off-white head. Very smooth fruity essences for flavor. A bit grapey. Wow. This is so unlike "normal" ale. Just excellent.

4
leaparsons (10809) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle. Golden brown and red with a small off-white head. Aromas are bubblegum and pine with lots of raisins. Bready with toffee, spices, brown sugar, pear and alcohol. Woody and sweet on the finish. Flavours are very fruity and vinous with pear and raisins. Crystallised sugar with lots of sweet toffee malts. Woody, hoppy and spicy with some pine. Warming alcohol on the finish. Very good.


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