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O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 - 2008)

Formerly brewed at Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is the beer enthusiast’s equivalent of rare cognac. Bottle-conditioned to mature in the bottle like fine wine, this old ale/barley wine will improve with age for at least 26 years (and we’re still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beer—if you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.

BleacherBum's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2008
2005 bottle. Lives up to the hype. Its not hype if its this good, correct? Aroma is caramel, raisin, leather and tropical fruit. All in balanced. No carbonation. Flavor is similar to aroma with a little hint of mellow tobacco and a touch of smoke. Everything in balance. Slight hint of bitterness. Cant tell if the fruitiness is hops, esters or just age....who cares? This beer is phenomenal. If it tastes like this now, what does it taste like 20 years down the road? Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet, but not cloying. Alcohol is nearly undetectable. This really is like sipping on good port or cognac. Near flawless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (108) - SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle no 07408. 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown. Aroma of dried fruits. Taste of dried fruits, liquorice and brown sugar. Smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (314) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
250ml bottle, 2008 vintage @ Alex’s. Pours dark brown with hints of red colour. Nose is molasses. Taste is moderately sweet, molasses, tobacco, oxidized alcohol. Thank you Alex for sharing this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (922) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s.
250ml bottle. Vintage 2008. Aroma is fruity, some sweet grapes, chocolate amd nuts notes. Taste is sweet, dark fruits (plums), some nuts, chocolate, bready and slight booziness with some flower notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (747) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 28, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 (2007 - degustação às cegas em pouca quantidade) Coloração vinho de média turbidez, sem formação de espuma, já esperado pelos seus 9 anos ... Malte começa forte e da lugar ao dulçor intenso, vinho velho, amadeirado, vinho do porto. Longa persistência, maior sensação do amadeirado com o tempo de copo. Um ótimo exemplo do estilo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ciocanelu (1435) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2016
Slightly hazy dark amber color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma is really complex with caramel, dried figs and raisins, slight menthol, a bit of rum and a touch of walnut. Taste starts with dried raising, figs, date, continues with earthy flavors, slightly nutty and some brown sugar. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Extremely complex beer, a true masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (720) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 Bottiglia del 2007, quasi 10 anni di invecchiamento. Colore ambra rossastro, senza schiuma. Al naso intenso aroma alcolico, vinoso. Al palato liquoroso, pieno, alcol molto netto, note di vino, si avvicina tantissimo ad un liquore pur mancando della loro secchezza e potenza. Carbonazione minima, una birra da sorseggiare con un po’ di cioccolato a fine pasto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2016
Had this multiple times, seems like somehow my rating was deleted. Tasted all years.2004 and 2006 with 3-4 years on them where my favorites but not in par with Eldridge Pope versions. Nonetheless a nice sipper and a good beer to age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DroolYeast (1103) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 2004 bottle, bottleshare @ Mikkeller Aarhus. Bottlenumber 08069. Aroma of caramel, rye bread, raisin, dark dried fruits, prunes, some alcohol. Clear dark brown colour with no head, almost no carb. Taste is medium to heavy sweetness, berries, and light bitter. Full body, oily smooth feel, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThreeCats (833) - ISRAEL - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle number 58803, from 2007 Clear Mahogany with no head. Aroma vinous, raisin, sherry, dark fruit, molasses, plums, rich caramel, notes of chocolate and bubblegum. Taste heavy, syrupy, and very sweet. No noticeable carbonation or bitterness. Soy notes, wood tannin, burnt sugar, alcoholic palate. This thing is heavy. It is rich, and full, and should be drank very slowly, preferably in the dead of winter, with a couple of friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille 2004. Nez fruité (prunes, raisins, figues, cerises noires), de malt boisé du genre caramel toffee et sucré, de sucre bonbon, de mélasse et d’alcool vineux et liquoreux avec des notes de noix. Ronde en bouche et pétillement moyen avec une texture bien huileuse. Goût très fruité sucré sirupeux (prunes, raisins, figues, cerises noire, notes d’agrumes et de pêche) avec un goût de mélasse sucrée lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté boisé (fût de chêne) très sucré du genre caramel toffee, sucre brun, sucre bonbon et sucre brun et une finale plus amère dû au rôti de toffee et à l’alcool moyen-doux très liquoreux et légèrement vineux (raisins) qui donne une sensation de réchauffement très douce, avec des notes de noix. Arrière-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool liquoreux doux, de rôti avec un goût légèrement sucré sirupeux de sucre brun et une moyenne aigreur fruitée (prunes, raisins) et des notes de noix. [notes 2005]

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