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OíHanlonís Thomas Hardyís Ale (2003 - 2008)

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


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RATINGS: 1169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (145) - 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.

   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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1362) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
2004 bottle shared thanks to beerstreetjournal! Pours a thick brown copper with little to no head or lace, bit nice viscosity on the glass. Aroma is big sweet caramel, hint of oxidation, dark fruits over the top. Taste follows, booze is well hidden, thick and viscous, sweet but not overly so. Definitely a treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2875) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
2005 bottle, pours deep dark red-brown with no head, nose is old leather and musty wine, tobacco and liquorice. Body is rich and complex, dry and a bit musty-woody but also reminiscent of sweet sherry. Definitely some oxidation, but still drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (618) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2015
-Short review, Vintage 2007- Pours Dark copper with no head. Aroma is complex honey, sweet malt, toffee and prunes. Excellent fruity palate with no carbonation. Overall: This beer blew my mind! Really something different.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marduk (3318) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 1, 2015
250ml bottle (thanks FataPhil) 2005 vintage. Very dark copper color. No head, but still looks good. Alcohol, raisins, sweet, malty, dark rye bread in aroma. Sweet, raisins, tricol, bit woody, Saaremaa dark rye bread, malty taste. Very mild carbonation. Hazelnuts and malts in aftertaste. Woody bitterness. Speachless. Fantastic! I feel like Iím underrating it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle from 2007. Dark hazy copper/brown with a big boozy malt driven nose with earthy sweetness and malt sugars. Big flavor thatís brown and malty sweet with a dash of almond and biscuit. Really lovely with a smooth boozy sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Welley_Alves (223) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 24, 2014
Lendária Barley Wine Inglesa, ano 2007. Cor vermelho-rubi com creme totalmente ausente. No nariz, notas de caramelo intenso, lembrando leve diacetil. Na boca, barril presente, com notas de baunilha e leve tabaco, caramelo marcante, algo amanteigado. Bom corpo, carbonatação ausente. Final longo e aquecedor, com álcool perceptível. Espetacular! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2800th review! 8.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2008 vintage, bottle No. T 24099. Pours moderately hazy deep reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, date, apple, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, tobacco, leather, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, date, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, leather, tobacco, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, leather, tobacco, light chocolate, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome old ale style! All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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