Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Barley Wine
Ashford in the Water, England
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - APR 1, 2011
375ml bottle split with mcberko from the brewery. Pours a thick orange, virtually opaque, with a small off-white head. Aroma of swwet caramel and tropical fruits. Flavour is initially sweet and smooth on the palate, with a bitter hoppy after taste which lingers nicely. Very nice.

mR_fr0g (13475) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2017
Bottle shared at Cotteridge convention 05/03/2016. Many thanks to Fin for this one. A hazed golden amber coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is woody, apple, biscuity malts, . Flavour is composed of semi sweet malts, biscuit, toffee apple, cinammon, sticky. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, moderate carbonation, grainy. Lingering tangy apple and bark.

The_Osprey (9120) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Bottle share at Cotteridge II as Thornbridge Alliance Reserve 2007. Many thanks to Fin for this. Dark hazy orange, still, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is apple, tired malts, some varnish, solvent, quite harsh. Body is smooth, light carbonation. Taste is tangy, smooth malt, some apple, booze. The passage of time has not been kind to this one. It’s OK. (2.9)

Garrold (5603) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle. Cotteridge Beano v2. Amber colour. Minimal head. Chewy, juicy, fruity malts. Light oxidation. Taste is toffee sweet. Rich malts. Nice one.

RichTheVillan (8233) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; clear dark amber pour with a tiny bubbly iridescent head, aroma has sweet malts a grapes, taste is very sweet, a hint of caramel, some wood.

Mr_Pink_152 (5538) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Tried at Cotteridge 2. Ruby colour with a thin head. Aroma dark and fruity. taste slight sweet with a body and light sweet finish.

SarkyNorthener (4847) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to Fin, cheers Fin. Dark Amber beer. Aroma of sweet malts, woody and sherry. Taste is sweet caramel, brown sugar, woody and sherry. Sticky full body on the palate. Excellent stuff.

BenH (3434) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Brown with tan head. Aroma is oxidised, caramel, sherry, dried fruit. Taste of caramel, sherry, dried fruit, berries. Sweet and bitter.

allmyvinyl (10995) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Aromas of oak, caramel. Taste is sweet, woody. Finishes nutty, woody. Lovely. Glad to have tried.

Stuu666 (14806) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours amber, nose is oxidised, woody, caramel, toffee, taste is sweet, sickly caramel, rich and fruity.

Theydon_Bois (20606) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle at Chateau Jackl, big thanks to Fin for trading me this one, 13/08/14. Murky chestnut brown with moderate beige edgeing. Nose is mellow dark fruits, dates, vanilla fudgedom, fruit cake. Taste comprises light booze, spice, light musty tones, dark toffee, trace of vanilla. Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close. Decent - has aged well.

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