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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: 1179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2004,bottle number 17182 poured into a snifter glass. the hardyís poured without giving off any head.the color was a ruby red until held to light,it then morphed into a deep orange.the first wiff gave my scenses a blend of malts,raisins,plums,and cherries.i was very surprised by the flavor and complexity.it starts out with some malts,cherries,and hops.the second wave brings out sugar,honey,and candy.the final stage gives ya the warm alcohol burn.this is a very serious barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
Rich complex aromas - fruity alcohol, spices, malt and toffees. The sweetness just builds and builds gradually becoming a bit much. I was really underwhelmed by this - I think Iíll try again with a bit more age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
Deep red like a red wine with no head. Aromas are very fruity with caramel, toffee, tobacco and rich berries. Some degree of alcohol, too. Flavours are toffee malts, molasses and a smooth fruitiness. Smoky with lots of booziness. Dry, yet fruity on the finish. A warming trear - the UK answer to Westy 12, perhaps?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
Amber, no head. Aroma from oranges, syrup, plums and yeast. Flavor brings prune, malt, oranges and some cinnamon. Quite sweet but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (639) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2004
I also prefer the late 90s vintages. In a nutshell this was very akin to a Sami Claus lite without the bite. 2003 edition bottle # 09140. Iím sure this will improve with age. I have 2 more bottles and plan on finding a few more forspecial winter days. The cognac of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
2004: A nice barley wine. Not as fruity as I had hoped for. Still a great Barley Wine. Soked finish. Roasted flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
2003#9432.I found a lot of fruit in tasting this beer, apricots, orange, prunes, brown sugar, and burnt toffee. Quite sweet with a warming alcoholic aftertaste. A nice example of a barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Excellent ale! I prefer the older recipe though (pre í99). Extremely heavy and thick. Not a hint of alcohol. Extremely complex malt flavor, not for everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Sampled from cask at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2004 (#45) - Vintage 2004 Cask No. 0001 of 0001.
Unclear deep amber colored with no head. Vinous and malty aroma with an alcoholic tone. Mostly sweet with some toffee notes. Flavor is sweet and very complex with fruity and malty notes. Some hoppy bitterness also, more than I remember from the bottled 2003 version. Quite sharp in the taste but still a soft and smooth mouthfull. Notes of toffee, nut and spices and a warming bite of alcohol. Dry towards the finish. Very flavorfull and tasty and definately better than the 2003 version I have tasted from bottle. Iím happy to have tasted this the first and only cask ever produced....!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2003 #15078 This poured out a reddish brown color with not much of a head only a random scattering of tan bubbles that quickly disappear. Aroma is hugely sweet with ripe dark fruits and malts with a touch of alcohol. The alcohol in the nose becomes more apparent the longer this one sits out. Keeping in line with the smell the taste is big in sweet fruity maltiness a little too much so. There was a molasses like flavor as well and light caramel notes that went nicely and a nice warming alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and creamy but hurts a little in the carbonation department. The only thing I have against the drinkability is that if it were a 12 oz bottle the sweetness might become too much by the end of the bottle. I am interested to see how the new 2003 edition will age and hopefully mellow the sweetness out a bit. Overall a great beer that I look forward to trying again in the future.

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