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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: 420   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2061) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Bottle 180ml. [1995 vintage] No carbonation sign at opening. Oops. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, sugar, bread, porto, madeira, alcohol. Taste is of caramel, toffee, rotten bread, sweet, mollasses, madeira. Palate: dead flat, sticky, syrupy. Full bodied. Overall: A sipper. Not very good, but complex. Migth be oxydated. [1994: 11,15 oz. Pours dark mahogany with no head. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, grapes, madeira, slight cardboard, cherries. Taste is of cardboard, bitterness, oxydation, caramel, molasses, port, warming alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. No serious carbonation. Overall: Over the hill (probably by many years). Nice complexity, but too much oxydation to be enjoyable. 6/3/6/3/13]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3151) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Nip bottle, vintage 1995. Murky brown and dead flat. There’s tons of caramel/toffee in the aroma along with port, nuts, bread, chocolate and tobacco. Taste is also of caramel/toffee, port, nuts, bread and chocolate... there’s some important oxidation signs in the taste. Mouthfeel is sirupy and sticky (and dead flat as stated before). Very complex and a good sipper, but this beer isn’t at his best (maybe because of the age or the batch of the aging condition - I’ve received not so long ago so I’don’t know if the storage was good). We had a bottle of TH 2003 last year and it was tasting like heaven... this one wasn’t even close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
180 ml bottle no. G 25577 1st May 1978 bought from The Old Farmhouse in Bath in Summer 1978. Poured a dark brown colour with a ruby tinge and no head.Immediate aromas of vintage port or sherry and oak literally burst forth filling the room.Tastes of aged port and malt with some sherry notes were joined by various dark fruits all wrapped in oak.Alcohol also featured in the nose and taste.The vintage port/sherry aromas lasted throughout and also in the taste.After a little warming feint aromas of home made toffee bubbling on the stove come through adding to the mix.Raisins too,both in smell and taste.A little more warming and almost at the end figs and leather beginning to make an appearance on the nose.All too soon,the glass is empty.I had mixed feelings about opening and sampling this one as it is 1 of 2 i have had cellared since 1978 in almost perfect conditions.After trying one or two later vintages of which one or two were a little too aged a beer 34+ years old was going one of two ways.This was to the good and tasted great.Yes,it had vintage taste throughout but in a way only fine wines and beers can have and now leads me to the question;When do i open the other bottle?!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (6482) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle @ Christers. 1982 vintage. Pours dark orange with a small offwhite ring of foam along the glass. At first the aroma is pretty awful with sourness, oak, heavy oxidation, mold, but after a while in the class settles or opens and becomes alot nicer. Oxidation still there, but sweet malts, caramel, port, dark fruits and oak is present aswell. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, oak, heavy oxidation, port, light brett notes, dark fruits. Thin to medium body, flat carbonation. Tip : let it sit in the glass for some minutes before drinking 041212

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisv10 (11707) - DENMARK - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle # 26210 from 1982 courtesy of FOneFan. Aroma is malt, oxidized, wood and oak. Flavour is malt, oak, medium sweet, oxidized, caramel, plume, port, little vanilla, wood and leather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12214) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Vintage 1982. Hazy reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood, oxidated, tart and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 041212

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14348) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle # 26221 from 1982. Small head with short duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are malt, bread, vinegar, caramel, brett, syrup, wood and fruits. Oxidated and oily palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (3880) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
1999 vintage. Poured light brown and clear with a small, rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma of vinous dark fruit, raisins in alcohol and caramel. Medium creamy body, flavour of sweet port.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2726) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben! 1994 vintage The beer is a rusty, dark orange, bordering on brown. There is very little head remaining in this elderly brew. The nose brings sweet dark fruits and raisins soaked in alcohol, tobacco, caramels, malt, brown sugar, toffee, candies. Alrighty then. Great flavor, with a fine port character. Very small pour, so I have to make it last. Everything in the aroma has a presence in the flavor. The beer is still quite sweet. A couple ounces is perfect. Sniff, sip, enjoy. Not surprisingly, the beer has little carbonation. The feel is thick and coats the palate with a barrage of bold flavors. Alcohol presence is still there after 17 years. Overall, a wonderful treat to try a vintage beer like this. A great example of the style. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-27-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1148) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
1993 vintage A-- No head, no carbonation, couple of bubbles but head or film, slightly hazy brownish plumb color. First thought was port, baby, port. S-- Booze, dark fruits, carmel and sweet as heck. Desert beer being first course for the night. Thick and rich and just an amazing smell. T-- Very sweet tasting and the fruits have held up extremely well in this. Thought strawberry jam. Almost shiraz like. M-- No carbonation and sugar sweet heavy. Oh no, this works very well for it. Slight sourness in this but does not take away from how rich this is. Very port like. O-- Thrilled to have had this. Heavy, rich, sweet and excellent. held up very well for it’s age. Desert beer and a sipper. Worth seeking out. Gave the appearance a 3 but the rest is near world class.

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