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Eldridge Pope Thomas Hardyís Ale (all vintages to 1999)

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


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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
pilsnerrogge (2590) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2002
Copper-colourd, little head. I know that this is supposed to be a classic beer but it just didnít do it for me! Sweet, almost like syrup and the taste of alcohol was way too dominant. But I really would like to try an older bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2002
1996. Head is limited, almost non-existent (bad cap?). Brownish-copper tint. Astonishingly clear, but this sample has been cellared in one spot for @ 6 years so thatís to be expected. Aroma is brimming with sherry, followed by a short burst of alcohol and then mellowing into caramel and toffee notes. Some light dark fruit. Clearly not as complex as most other ívintagesí Iíve had. Also dryer than many examples Iíve had, but with the standard bitter backbone. pH is standard at 4.0 indicating no spoilage. Finishes a bit lighter than expected but OK. Itís possible this single bottle got a bad handling. Still, an excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2002
Dark amber in colour, smally spritzy head. high alcohol aroma. Nice sweet barley/toffee tatse. Not recommended for a big session or drinking and drive one was enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2002
Medium brown, cloudy, almost uncarbonated, complex and full-flavored taste with significant sweetness, mild yeasty aftertaste, rather odd, decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2002
1999 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily malty (molasses and caramel, dark bread), lightly yeasty (dough), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of alcohol, cask wood, tawny port, sherry, apple, prune, peach, plum, brown sugar, nutmeg, etc. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. The aroma is quite complex, but it really needs something to counter the heavy and fatiguing sweetness. Alcohol is a little too obvious in aroma and finish to be as elegant as Iíd like, though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 1996. Cloudy brown, like apple cider. Sweet, malty, cidery aroma. No head and almost no carb. Smooth, viscous, velvet palate. Tasted great - orange peel, raisins, port, Southern Comfort, chocolate, cider. Very nice beer, thanks brewbandit.

1995. Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers, alcohol vapors. Vanilla and oak. Sweet and vinuous and velvety. Medium dark brown, glowing with good feet. No head. Thick velvety body with very little carbonation. Starts with tangy sweet macerated raisins and fig, toffee and licorice, oak and vanilla. Chocolate, biscuit. Wonderful alcohol warming. Complex and delightful. 10,5,5,10,19=4.90

1998. The aroma was amazing, with fruity macerated ripe plum. Raisins and mellow oaken notes. Warming alcohol notes followed by smooth oaky vinuous perfection. Complex and sublime. 10,4,5,9,18=4.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 22, 2002
(1999 bottle)dark brown with a hint of red, almost no head some fizzy buibbles. aroma of malt,dates, caramel and figs. cloyingly sweet malt taste. strong alcohol presence. a sipping beer with lots of syrupy f ruit cvharacter here. enjoyable with desert, a couple of years of cellaring should improve the overall natuteof this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2002
Wine, rum, sherry and port scents. Hazy ruby red, vein like core, no head. Tastes of wood, port, sea salt, Brazil nuts, and bitters. Incredibly complex, dry,(first time for a dry beer?) acidic, and not lacking in strong alcohol. Memorable. (1996)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2002
1999 bottle drank in 2002: Fist nosing reveals a somewhat metallic odor that turns sweeter as it warms. Very port like taste. Very complex beer. An excellent partner to a nice cigar. One can definately taste the alcohol. I have another bottle that I am going to cellar for a few years. I am not sure if this is better than JW Leeís Harvest Ale (88), but it is a fine barley wine none the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2002
Almost no head, no carbonation, a delightful sweet varporous aroma, and a deep ruby brown color, all before you even taste it. Then the wonderful raisin/butterscotch/malt slides down so easy, with the alcohol fairly well masked. My mom hates beer but liked this(dont know what that means).

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