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Eldridge Pope Thomas Hardy’s Ale (all vintages to 1999)

Formerly brewed at Eldridge Pope
Style: Barley Wine
Dorchester, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Creamy butterscotch notes flood the taste buds, laced with subtle complex fruit...and a subtle suggestion of vintage port. Elegant and seamless, this beer was a waltz on the palate.

In ’The Trumpet Major’ Hardy wrote of Dorchester strong beer "It was of the most beautiful colour that the eye of an artist in beer could desire; full in body, yet brisk as a volcano; piquant, yet without a twang; luminous as an autumn sunset;..."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiery_1 (275) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
330ml bottle 1994 vintage @ Alex’s. Nose is a lovely light molasses and sugars. Flavour of sherry, molasses, and sugar with a comforting warming feeling. I picture myself drinking this from a large snifter over hours and hours. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (898) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s. 330ml bottle, vintage 1994. Pours an almost opaque brown copper. Aroma is sweet, fruity, mushrooms, oxidized. Taste is pretty the same: dark fruits, some nuts and mushrooms, liquorice. Same aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6713) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Rating #6500. Bottle 1989. Brown pour with no head. Sweet malty, oak, fruity, alcohol aromas. Flavors are sweet, malty, light oxidation, alcohol tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle at Gammal Skåpmat, Thomas Mattssons place, 160802. Dark amber beer with almost no head. Sourish fruity aroma, grapes, citrus, vinous, raisins, grapefruit notes. Sourish fruity flavor, vinous, grapes, raisins, caramel, some warming alcohol. Kinda thin bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4553) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Thomat. 1993 vintage. Pours tiny murky chestnut brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is malty, fruity and leathery with caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins, dates, noble rot grapes, leather, murky wood, minerals and alcohol. Taste is tiny sweet, sour, slightly bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is dry, slightly tart, slightly astringent, tiny boozy, tiny oily and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sour with caramel malts, bread, grapes, dried cherries, leather, cardboard and alcohol. Surprisingly dry and tart. Not what I expected. Will revisit if given the chance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (263) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
Old rating transferred to Ratebeer. bottle from 1983 tasted in 2016. Really cool to try this old beer. Still really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SkillsFactory (552) - ITALY - JUN 4, 2016
2015, bottiglia 14429. Ambrata carica, limpida, schiuma bianca poco persistente. Aroma biscottato, nocciola, caramello, note di uva passa e whisky, frutta con nocciolo molto matura, lievi note di zenzero. Al palato stesse caratteristiche, finale leggermente tostato ed erbaceo. Corpo pieno, poco carbonata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danlo (2592) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2016
180ml bottle from Wessex Homebrew. Bottle F 4969 July, 1977. Pours a dark brown coppery amber colour with no head. Nose is dark malt, toffee, caramel, molasses, boozy, port. Flavour is malt, toffee, caramel, sweet, with brown sugar, molasses, plum and lingering dried fruits, nutty, leather & earthy notes. Thick oily mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, low carbonation, lasting dry malty earthy finish. Nice complexity after the initial sweetness. Enjoyable and very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (440) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2016
Rating notes over 10 years old from a 92 vintage of the ale. "Smells like aged Sherry. No head and no carbonation. Taste is something like overripe plums mixed with sherry and a dollop of sugar. Warming." Certainly an experience, but not something for casual imbibing. Sad that this legend is no longer made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (5159) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours translucent chestnut - hardly any head, but this is an ancient bottle. Sweetish aroma features caramel and woody notes. Woody flavor has malty and caramel hints - and a bit of butterscotch, mouthfeel has OK body but lacks fizz. Well, this is an old bottle. Glad I got to try it.

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