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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle. [Vintage 1982 #26090] My rating # 2100. Clear medium brown color with a small, fizzy / virtually none, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate caramel, vintage, alcohol, light geuze / sweet plums, sherry like. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light acidic with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. Gets better and more complex with every sip. ;o)) (300807)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2008
Kulminator: 25 cL bottle, 1982 vintage, #28547. Pours hazy dark brown with with a fully gone head. Aroma is distinct wineous and fruity. Mild acidic too. Acidic and and wineous fruity flavoured. Smoothly going into a lovely fruity flavour into the finish. Very surprised by this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 Bottled - Vintage 1994 sampled 2007. A hazy deep red beer with no head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol, wood, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet alcohol and malt with strong notes of caramel and with a thick caramel body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle 1982-vintage on Kulminator. Hazy orange brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits, wood and sherry with dusty notes. Sweet flavour of wood, dried fruits, berries and sherry with dusty notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25388) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2007
Bottled (1982 vintage@Kulminator). Ruby red colour, not much head. Aroma is earth and some smooth vinegaryness. Flavour is alcohol, plum, slight vinegar and some vanillaish very smooth things. A very pleasantly aged thing, which shows a bit of oxidation in it, but in a good way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
(Bottle 25 cl) Courtesy of fiulijn. Vintage 1994. Clear, orangey brown with no head whatsoever. Vinous, alcoholic nose with some dried fruit and a touch of mint. Quite full-bodied, low in carbonation with a soft mouthfeel. Notes of wood and overripe fruit. The finish contains both alcohol and some bitterness. 171107

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2004 Bottled, 1975 vintage. Cloudy mahogany colour. Woody nose with traces of smoke. Rich and intensely malty. Very salty with some chocolate in the background. Dense, velvetty finish. Salty, bitter finish. Despite it's 29 years it certainly shows no signs of degradation.

Bottled, 1995 vintage. Cloudy amber, flat. Fruity, honeyish aroma. Sweet and rounded. Richly malty, still immature with with fresh, chewy malt caharcter and grassy hop bitter finish. Alcohol is still prominent. Already excellent, and very much a different beer than the 1975.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle. 1995 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with no head. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and raisin aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit flavor with hints of raisin. Has a sweetish malty drak fruit and caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 30th January 2008
1979 Bottle No. H12686. Thick dark brown ale. Yeast and chocolate nose. Smooth yeast and juicy sour malt. Long marmitey finish. Was hoping that after nearly 30 years that this bottle would have mellowed but it’s still pretty yeasty!

29th May 2011
1968 Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer. No head. Chocolate marmite nose. Neutral palate, no carbonation. Salty marmite. Tangy sour dark fruit. Herby medicinal tones, Neutral finish. 43 years have not calmed this down. Perhaps no amount of aging will!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2008
Bottle at home .... March 1974 bottle D somthing ... 538 ... crystal clear copper ... caramel malt nose quite aromatic quite a lot of fruit ... again i get the hoisin sause i got in a fresh 2006 bottle... but its more mellow and got that aged sweet caramel you expect with a aged barley wine.... lots of dark sweet fruit ... raisns... but its the caramel that dominates... Rated and drunk 26/01/2008

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