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O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 - 2008)

Formerly brewed at Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is the beer enthusiast’s equivalent of rare cognac. Bottle-conditioned to mature in the bottle like fine wine, this old ale/barley wine will improve with age for at least 26 years (and we’re still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beer—if you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciocanelu (1321) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2016
Slightly hazy dark amber color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma is really complex with caramel, dried figs and raisins, slight menthol, a bit of rum and a touch of walnut. Taste starts with dried raising, figs, date, continues with earthy flavors, slightly nutty and some brown sugar. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Extremely complex beer, a true masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (677) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 Bottiglia del 2007, quasi 10 anni di invecchiamento. Colore ambra rossastro, senza schiuma. Al naso intenso aroma alcolico, vinoso. Al palato liquoroso, pieno, alcol molto netto, note di vino, si avvicina tantissimo ad un liquore pur mancando della loro secchezza e potenza. Carbonazione minima, una birra da sorseggiare con un po’ di cioccolato a fine pasto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2016
Had this multiple times, seems like somehow my rating was deleted. Tasted all years.2004 and 2006 with 3-4 years on them where my favorites but not in par with Eldridge Pope versions. Nonetheless a nice sipper and a good beer to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DroolYeast (1058) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 2004 bottle, bottleshare @ Mikkeller Aarhus. Bottlenumber 08069. Aroma of caramel, rye bread, raisin, dark dried fruits, prunes, some alcohol. Clear dark brown colour with no head, almost no carb. Taste is medium to heavy sweetness, berries, and light bitter. Full body, oily smooth feel, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThreeCats (807) - ISRAEL - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle number 58803, from 2007 Clear Mahogany with no head. Aroma vinous, raisin, sherry, dark fruit, molasses, plums, rich caramel, notes of chocolate and bubblegum. Taste heavy, syrupy, and very sweet. No noticeable carbonation or bitterness. Soy notes, wood tannin, burnt sugar, alcoholic palate. This thing is heavy. It is rich, and full, and should be drank very slowly, preferably in the dead of winter, with a couple of friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille 2004. Nez fruité (prunes, raisins, figues, cerises noires), de malt boisé du genre caramel toffee et sucré, de sucre bonbon, de mélasse et d’alcool vineux et liquoreux avec des notes de noix. Ronde en bouche et pétillement moyen avec une texture bien huileuse. Goût très fruité sucré sirupeux (prunes, raisins, figues, cerises noire, notes d’agrumes et de pêche) avec un goût de mélasse sucrée lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté boisé (fût de chêne) très sucré du genre caramel toffee, sucre brun, sucre bonbon et sucre brun et une finale plus amère dû au rôti de toffee et à l’alcool moyen-doux très liquoreux et légèrement vineux (raisins) qui donne une sensation de réchauffement très douce, avec des notes de noix. Arrière-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool liquoreux doux, de rôti avec un goût légèrement sucré sirupeux de sucre brun et une moyenne aigreur fruitée (prunes, raisins) et des notes de noix. [notes 2005]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepatrickman (837) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2016
2003 Vintage, from a trade with Alex (beermack) and shared with tbub18 in Brooklyn at a bottle share. There was a lot of malt flavor -- think caramel, syrup, and a bit of bread -- like you’d expect for a nearly 12% Old Ale, but there was a heavy amount of oxidization as well after 12 years. It had taken on a distinctly vinous and sweet "Port" flavor, and while it was interesting and distinctive, it also was a bit tangy, oxidized, and even slightly cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3318) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
2004 vintage. Pours a lifeless dark ruby with no head and thus no lacing. Nose is of intense caramel, molasses and madeira. While I say madeira it is surprisingly not too oxidized for such an old brew. Taste is moderately sweet and offers caramel, tobacco, oxidized alcohol. Body is medium-full and carbonation nil. The once hot (I’m guessing) alcohol is now really subtle and appreciated. Quite an experience for sure! Held up better than I expected and I would be really curious to try an older sample now!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malin_aiisa (825) - SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle 2007 Dark hazy, off white head Aroma of lovley caramel, wheat, alcoholic Taste taste sweet, so so nice, caramel, slight coffe notes. Round thick feel Like it!! Some alcoholic taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2883) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle @ home. Vintage 2007. Hazy red/brown colour, no foam. Vinous, port, plums, brown sugar. Some oxidation. Sweet and weak. Hard to beleive this is 11.7%. Good but I think the best of this beer is already gone.

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