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OíHanlonís Thomas Hardyís Ale (2003 - 2008)

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Formerly brewed at Hanlonís (prev OíHanlonís)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardyís Ale is the beer enthusiastís 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 weíre still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beeróif you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.


Steely's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steely (241) - , - DEC 12, 2008
Pours hazy redbrown with absolutely no head. A thick elixir with no carbonation like a fine cognac. Aroma is fine and complex with hints of sweet dried fruit, bitter orange and butterscotch. Mysterious rich, full flavor of thick syrup, caramel, raisin and dried apricot. What a mouthfeel, thick, oily, smooth, soft and sticky, no carbonation


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2092) - DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle, 2008 version. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Oxidised nose with some cardboard, caramel, honey. Lots of honey in the flavour, heather, grain, forest, wood, booze soaked dark dried fruits, port wine, over ripe banana. Full body, heavy sweet, moderately acidic, light salty, medium bitter. Complex and carries the alcohol well, but not something I would seek out.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1021) - ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition. Reddish brown without head. Smell of honey, caramel, port wine, sherry, medicinial. Very sweet, taste of raisins, prunes, honey, brown sugar, caramel, liquor, a bit acidic and salty, very alcoholic.Medium-full bodied, syrupy, flat and boozy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (656) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition, Q58786. Thanks zvsn. Clear red with no head. Aroma of port wine and date honey, quite alcoholic. Strong flavor of raisin liqueur, quite sweet and alcoholic, notes of port wine, prune and date honey, some soy sauce, somewhat medicinal. Flat, oily texture, medium to full-bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3096) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
2005 vintage with dark brown color with reddish hues. No head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, fig, and bread. Raisin, fig, and toffee flavor with hint of bread. Spectacular beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
Pours a somewhat clear reddish copper with no head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, figs, toffee, and treacle. Flavour is dark dried fruits, mild alcohol warming, figs, candied sugar, treacle, mild bitterness, and a light alcohol bite on the finish. Quite easy to sip on for a big beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (5636) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
Lovely clear amber color with no head at all. Rich nice and complex aroma. Dried fruits, figs and toffee. Thick oily body. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Warming alcohol in the end. Smooth and complex flavor. Dried fruits, some vanilla, figs, raisins, sherry and toffee. Nice evening sipper.
[Bottle (2006 - No. P 34905) from a trade with Meilby]

English county #43

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2747) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
Old ass bottle from the rotter. Pours nearly flat. Nose is a dried raisin with some dusty malt. Taste is like a dried fig thatís been in the fridge for ten years. Moderare sweetness. Ugh.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (191) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
250 ml bottle from the LCBO. 2008 edition.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown no head.

Aroma: Rum, toffee and molasses.

Flavours: Rum, molasses, toffee, hints of coffee and leather.

Mouthfeel: Thick with no carbonation. It sticks to your mouth.

Overall: A really nice complex old ale that is still holding up after 7 years cellaring in my wine fridge. I bought around 8 bottles when it came out and haven been drinking one each year. This is my last bottle. If this ever comes out again I will buy as much as I can get my hands on.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
25cl bottle, 2007 vintage, Q56821. I donít even remember where I bought this - it has followed me through two moves. Today I poured a brown, almost non-carbonated liquid into an Orval glass and enjoyed the raisin and wood aroma mixing with the tones of some funky jazz. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily, the flavour is so thick you can chew it. Thereís raisin, toffee, chocolate, yorkshire pie, a bit of burn, figs, coffee, beef, and a rainy English autumn day. All poured into this minute bottle. This is as close to perfection as you can get. Can I have a crate?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1529) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2015
250mL bottle Vintage í08 Bottle #19668 Been sitting in my cellar for countless years (possibly 5?). Makes next to no sound upon opening - not an encouraging sign. Pours a murky bronze body, ringed with an orange-beige set of bubbles. Nose is seriously potent - not sure in a good way or not, straight away - sweet sherry, treacle, toasted walnut, bruised apple/acetaldehyde, sultanas, dank cardboard. Wow - what a mouthful! The faintest prickle of effervescence emerges, body is tremendously rich yet dry & even somewhat tannic - once again sweet/semi-sweet Olorosso sherry parallels comes to mind. So much happening on the body; sultana, treacle, honey, raisin, roast nuts, raw cocoa, dried fig, walnut, bruised apple, Olorosso sherry. Finish is drawn out, with a lingering slightly dank burnt apple character, lifted bitterness seems somewhat soften by age. A remarkable beer, no doubt. Daresay a bit past its prime and/or the cap has failed, but a rewarding experience nonetheless.


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