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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: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2006 Vintage 1998: Wonderful aroma: raisons, malt, banana and alcohol. Red golden color, has a thick banana dessert flavor with malt. Fullmouth round taste. Suprisingly you don’t taste the alcohol while having it in the mouth, it burns later in the throat like a brandy! Just a wonderful barley wine! New rating on 1998 in 2003: 8/3/6/4/15: It seems more peppery and spicey than before - alcohol comes through more. Vintage 1995 in 2005 - 10y/o BW Vertical Tasting: Murky mud brown color, small air bubbles on the edge of the glass. Chocolate, allspice and prunse - medium intense in the nose. Very silky and smooth - lingers down nicely. Intense chocolate and espresso taste but yet not bitter, some dark berries and juniper - intense and just wonderful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - JUL 9, 2002
- 1995 : Huge malty nose and a deep, ruddy carmel color. Wow, is this stuff like brandy! All malt and very little bitter (or carbonation for that matter), but earthy undertones, particularly in the finish. High alcohol: almost ’burns’ going down - kinda medicinal. Thick and syrupy - a meal itself. Complex and well-balanced with a long flavor profile. Mature and challenging taste reserved for a special occasion. Re-Rate for ’98: Fruity, raisin-like nose with hints of banana - very powerful. Super sweet - like brown sugar. Latent alcohol burns the throat. Sophisticated and extremely good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2002
NO carbonation evident as it was poured in the glass. Light fruity, raisiny and prune like, aroma. This was a 1995 vintage. the color was darker than recent vintages. Mouthfeel was that of a thin syrup. Flavor was definitely prunish with a touch of raisin. I enjoyed it but would have liked some carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
pilsnerrogge (2656) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2002
Copper-colourd, little head. I know that this is supposed to be a classic beer but it just didn’t 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 that’s 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 ’vintages’ I’ve had. Also dryer than many examples I’ve had, but with the standard bitter backbone. pH is standard at 4.0 indicating no spoilage. Finishes a bit lighter than expected but OK. It’s 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 (1196) - 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 (6831) - 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 I’d like, though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3827) - 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 (950) - 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.

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