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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: 436   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
Flaske, 33 cl. Vintage 1994, tak Papsøe. Uklar mahogny-farvet bryg, intet skum, meget lavt karboneret. Dufter af mørke frugter, tørrede frugter, alkohol, alder, fløde-karamel. Meget fyldig, klistret, men ikke tung. Lang, lang eftersmag. Meditions-øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
1991 bottle at Stuffed Sandwich. Pours clear, flat amber. Nose is orange mint, tobacco, spicy orange peel, peppermint. Taste is mint, thin, mild paper, nicely oxidized, dark bread, Pumpernickel bread crust. Drinkable for sure, but very thin and exceptionally minty which seems normal for old barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2014
Bottle 14 at gad905 tasting night; rich mahogany brown pour with zero head, soy sauce aroma, taste has leather, soy sauce, oxidisation as expected in a 25 year old beer, black berry. Excellent beer experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2014
Bouteille, notes datant de la “SeaBass has got to go” tasting, merci à TheCheeseman. Vintage 1980. DE couleur ambrée, acajou sombre, col fin blanc cassé. Bouquet montrant bien son age, fruité noir, sucré avec un plein de notes de sucre caramélisé, toffee et une petite note rétro-nasal indiquant un peu d’oxydation. Palais est semblable, bière corsée avec un profil malté complexe qui même après des années reste puissant. Complexe même avec l’age. Le tout reste légèrement collant aux lèvres, note liquoreuse et un profil malté caramel et fruité noir épais. Oxydation apparente avec qcq notes de vin en rétro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
1985 Vintage. Served in a Trappist glass. Poured a flat mahogany colour with absolutely no head. Powerful aroma and taste of madeira, sherry and everything in between. Would have been nice to have tried it at its best as it had clearly seen its best days. Despite this a hugely powerful drink if somewhat thin in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2014
1993. FDBK 2012 thanks to Kristall König!! It smells wooden, alcoholic aromatic. The taste is wooden, alcoholic, darkmalty, aromatic, bitter-fruity, fruity-cherry-chocolate. In the aftertaste more chocolate. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1551) - 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 I’m glad to have tried and received from a great trading partner as an extra. Serving type: bottle 12-11-2012

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (5747) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
Dusty attractive ’nip’ 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. Can’t even force a head - I’m 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 it’s really good to try it as a one-off, but I wouldn’t be that bothered about trying it again. Not really my style, but I can appreciate it as a good quality beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1100) - 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.

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