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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: 439   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2014
1995 bottle, 6.22 oz. Pours dark, clear brown, with no head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, dark fruit, malt, and some alcohol. Flavor is malt, raisins, alcohol, tobacco, and dark fruit. Pretty thick, with no carbonation at all. For 19 years old beer, it’s held up pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2437) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. Sample from bottle dated 1989. The pour is thin and ruby in color with a lot of light passing through. There is a minimal amount of carbonation and head left on this thing. The aroma is surprisingly hot for an ’89. There is a wonderful dark fruit and caramel note to it. Maybe a touch of sherry, but it’s not too shabby at all. The flavor mimics the aroma. There is a nice fruitiness and a subtle creaminess going on. The mouth feel is quite thin, but really good. The carbonation, or what’s left of it, leave a nice coating of the mouth. The aftertaste is lingering and sweet. Just nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle - vintage 1994 @ Papsø. Pours cloudy auburn with almost no head. Aroma is mild vinegar, bread, caramel, mild oxidation, mild vinous, dried fruit, cellar, dust and light cheesy. Taste is near heavy sweet, light+ bitter and light tart. Body is medium, texture is sticky, carbonation is very soft. Finishes sweet, hot with caramel and a tart note.

   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 (6636) - 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 (9163) - 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

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