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Eldridge Pope Thomas Hardyís Ale (all vintages to 1999)

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
98
style
Formerly brewed at Eldridge Pope
Style: Barley Wine
Dorchester, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2014
1993. FDBK 2012 thanks to Kristall KŲnig!! It smells wooden, alcoholic aromatic. The taste is wooden, alcoholic, darkmalty, aromatic, bitter-fruity, fruity-cherry-chocolate. In the aftertaste more chocolate. Very nice!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1500) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Vintage 1998 Poured slow homie, toffee crystal beer with a glass surface. Lovely hues. Smells of nougat, caramel, candied raisin, toffee, toasted sugars, lots of toffee & caramel. Hint of vanilla. Tastes of caramel, nougat, nut roll, bits of honey, syrup, cola and tawny porto (10 year) - nice flavor. Medium on thin body with light, prickled carb and a wet finish that gave a little hint of alcohol. A gracefully aged beer Iím glad to have tried and received from a great trading partner as an extra. Serving type: bottle 12-11-2012

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nayho (17) - - OCT 11, 2013
24 year old bottle from 1989 poorly stored. Flat, no lace. Strong malt aroma. Black with red highlights. Roasted barley aroma, cherry, bit medicinal, mostly molasses. Not bad considering age and poor storage, but won?t finish 3 oz serving.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1618) - WALES - AUG 31, 2013
Dusty attractive ínipí bottle, 180ml, well presented. Number J14076 of 1979. Exactly 34 years old. Almost seems a shame to open it before its 35th birthday, but I lack patience. Opens with a little fizz. Pours reddy brown with no head forming at all. Canít even force a head - Iím just getting legs. Smell is potent - sherry and lots of apples. Some marmitey yeast, liquorice allsorts, chocolate sauce, berries. Not a trace of the sourness I was anxious about. Body is medium to full, creamy with a fair bit of carbonation considering the age. Taste is savoury-sweet. More port than sherry, some liquorice, hint of strawberry, some gravy and marmite. No sharpness or sourness thankfully. Very interesting. Every sip is different - sometimes a mouthful of port, sometimes a mouthful of gravy! Rating it is tough because I like a lot of things about it and itís really good to try it as a one-off, but I wouldnít be that bothered about trying it again. Not really my style, but I can appreciate it as a good quality beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1040) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
Big and ruby dark ale. Spices and brandy and high ABV well disguised. A little bit on the medicine side. Very very complex and interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
godfroyj (12) - - AUG 8, 2013
Barley wine is not my favorite style. This is a beer that ages well and tastes a bit better when warmer. Most others really like this beer but I was just lukewarm on it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JStax (2974) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Okay, my second perfect score. Am I getting lax in my ratings? I donít know, but I seriously can find nothing to complain or nitpick about with this beer. Maybe it was just the environment in which I had this beer and I had just enough to drink to make this experience mind blowing. 1999 vintage 12 ounce bottle. Super generous share! Pours a dark copper with a creamy, lasting, beige head of foam. In the aroma I get chocolate covered raisins predominantly. Very complex, malt forward beer. Some cherries, caramel, nuts, toffee all come through plain as day. I cannot get over how awesome this beer is. Itís a pit itís not being made right now. The taste is everything the aroma had to offer, but an explosion of flavor on the tongue instead of just sticking my nose in the snifter. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lasting chocolate covered raisin aftertaste that lingers for a long time, but that still isnít long enough. I want more of this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Poured an 87, 99, 05-08, aroma of vanilla, fig, caramel. Taste is some dark fruit, caramel and a little fig backing. 1987 was by far the best, 99 was quite off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
1986 vintage. Pours brown with almost no head. Just a few bubbles. The nose is caramel, nutty and still boozey after 27 years. The taste is heavy sweet, lightly tart and no bitter but fuck! Still drinkable. The texture smooth, soft and creamy. The body is heavy still and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (1999) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
250ml bottle from 1995, thanks Ian. Ended up opening this up after it had sat at room temperature for a day and that seemed about right although it still benefit from a slow drink and after about an hour it had opened up beautifully. Plum brown with no head at all. What a nose: an aged malt that has moved past its sweet beginning and changed into more of a port or sherry base, canít believe I am saying this but some cardboard in a good way, bit of plum, some oak. Warming, semi sweet, very dry on the finish, almost no carbonation yet thatís fine, lots of fruit with complex sherry and port. Wasnít sure what to expect with this at 18 years but wow, what a beer. Wish I had a case.


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