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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: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
godfroyj (12) - - AUG 8, 2013
Barley wine is not my favorite style. This is a beer that ages well and tastes a bit better when warmer. Most others really like this beer but I was just lukewarm on it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JStax (3444) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Okay, my second perfect score. Am I getting lax in my ratings? I don’t know, but I seriously can find nothing to complain or nitpick about with this beer. Maybe it was just the environment in which I had this beer and I had just enough to drink to make this experience mind blowing. 1999 vintage 12 ounce bottle. Super generous share! Pours a dark copper with a creamy, lasting, beige head of foam. In the aroma I get chocolate covered raisins predominantly. Very complex, malt forward beer. Some cherries, caramel, nuts, toffee all come through plain as day. I cannot get over how awesome this beer is. It’s a pit it’s not being made right now. The taste is everything the aroma had to offer, but an explosion of flavor on the tongue instead of just sticking my nose in the snifter. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lasting chocolate covered raisin aftertaste that lingers for a long time, but that still isn’t long enough. I want more of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Poured an 87, 99, 05-08, aroma of vanilla, fig, caramel. Taste is some dark fruit, caramel and a little fig backing. 1987 was by far the best, 99 was quite off. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
1986 vintage. Pours brown with almost no head. Just a few bubbles. The nose is caramel, nutty and still boozey after 27 years. The taste is heavy sweet, lightly tart and no bitter but fuck! Still drinkable. The texture smooth, soft and creamy. The body is heavy still and finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pushkinwow (2195) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2013
250ml bottle from 1995, thanks Ian. Ended up opening this up after it had sat at room temperature for a day and that seemed about right although it still benefit from a slow drink and after about an hour it had opened up beautifully. Plum brown with no head at all. What a nose: an aged malt that has moved past its sweet beginning and changed into more of a port or sherry base, can’t believe I am saying this but some cardboard in a good way, bit of plum, some oak. Warming, semi sweet, very dry on the finish, almost no carbonation yet that’s fine, lots of fruit with complex sherry and port. Wasn’t sure what to expect with this at 18 years but wow, what a beer. Wish I had a case.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
1979 köpt på ebay. från england. lagrad under okända förhållanden. helt unik upplevelse. Doften var komplex och dominerades av choklad. Helt fantastisk att den har klarat 34år så bra. Smaken var lite som ett oxiderat oljigt portvin med inslag av garderob. Helt objektiv var smaken inte den bästa men dock intressant. En stor upplevelse och ett minne för livet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2337) - 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 (3613) - 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 (7067) - 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

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