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Eldridge Pope Thomas Hardy’s Ale (all vintages to 1999)

 (RETIRED)
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100
98
style
Formerly brewed at Eldridge Pope
Style: Barley Wine
Dorchester, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3138) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2012
1996 bottle, at home. With this rating I break into the top 400 raters on the site! Whoot!

Pours a deep brown color with beautiful ruby hues, a bit of head at the start fades and the beer is for all practical purposes still.

The aroma holds all sorts of pleasantries as this swishes around in the glass, cherry, vanilla, sherry, light cocoa, & old brandy. The booziness is fairly mild but certainly noticeable in the aroma. It bares mentioning that the beer smells very sweet... not in a bad way at all though.

The flavor is hotter than the aroma on alcohol, it is akin to an old brandy, some vanilla, cherry & oak are dominant flavors. The beer is mildly sweet as opposed to the strong sweetness promised by the aroma. Elegant, beautiful beer.

This isn’t even the best sample I’ve had of this stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hammy78 (723) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
500th review. 1993 Vintage nip bottle purchased at Chester’s Beers of the World in Hamilton Ontario. Pours an absolute perfect copper colour, with no head at all. Smells rather sweet with an oakiness to it, caramelized malt too. Tastes super sweet and a bit bitter, rather oaky as well. This is one of the most perfect beers I’ve ever tasted. The fact that it is this old and tastes this good is a testament to how good this beer really is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
11.15oz bottle ’98 Vintage 50° in Snifter-Pours a murky brown with a small ring for a head. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, toffee, and malt. Taste of the same with a bit more sweetness. This medium to full bodied brew has held up pretty damn well. Nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7199) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle 250ml vintage 1982 @ home
Pours brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, raisin and oxidization. Taste is medium sweet and light sour with a long light sour, fruity, boozy and oxidized finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonaiton is flat to soft.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geokkjer (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle, courtesy of yngwie,Beer3000 and gunnfryd.1982,1990,1993,1994 and 1995. Pours deep amber with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of cellar, raisins, dusty notes, apricots , moldy (1990), minty,creeme brulee(1994) and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and malty with raisin, mint, beef stock, oxidized malt, some acidic notes and mint. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (6432) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
Courtesy of Alex. Some nice old notes. Dark amber and faint hazy. Has a white head, diminishing. Aroma is malty, deep sweetness, some sherry-notes. Flavor starts heavy sweet, some notes of dark bread, more wine, warming alcohol. Long duration. Creamy, syrupy texture and soft/flat carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle courtesy Alex. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy intense wonderfull aroma. No oxidising notes at all. Vanilla notes. Heavy bitter light sweet powerfull flavor with very strong vanilla notes. Long complex nice finish. Creamy palate. Wonderfull.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (4516) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2012
light vintage port aroma,red, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice soft alcoholic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radarsock (882) - Vermont, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Pours a clear russet-orange into brandy snifter. Hard to detect, but I haphazardly smell oaken soaked alcohol, Candy corn, copper alloy, grass and lemonade. Tastes of Candi sugar with a nice burn and a lingering spicy aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2012
1989 Vintage bottle... Poured deep brown with no head. Nose had dark fruits like prunes and raisins. Low carbonation, some oxidization, brown sugar, fortified fruit alcohol flavors. Nothing cazy, but sti a great to have.


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