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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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2004
2003: Pours clear very dark amber with a small though lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of strong toffee, alcohol, port, plum wine, spices, raisins / dried fruit. Very full bodied. Very sweet start though suprisingly not cloying. Loads of caramel flavour along with spices and dried fruits. Oak character comes through in aftertaste. Suprisingly dry finish. Warming alcohol feeling. Very nice sipping winter beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Huge thanks to Drew for this bottle. Creamy head that quickly fades. Cloudy rich brown body. Vinous nose - grapes, dark fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol.. This is heaven. Tart, grapey, caramel, sourish oak, awsome hop/malt balance. Some peppery alcohol at the finish. Wow.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2003, dark mahagoney color, rapidly disappearing head, intial oak barrel malt aroma, thick raspberry fig sweetness, nice glow as it goes down the throat, aftertaste is that of a fine wine, nicely warming in the stomach without the heavy alcohol aftertaste. Classic

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dgthrasher (1) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
Having had sampled many of the vintages of this beer over the past couple of years I have high hopes that 2004 will become one of the great years... Having not had a new Thoas hardy I was worried that it would require many years to be drinkable. However I was proven wrong complex, unique, and impossible to recreate. Canít beleive how nice this beer is now....tempted to drink more but know that my reward will come in years to come... Plan to try and hold off and drink only one a year for the next 50 years!!!!!!!�

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 2004 Vintage. Yeah this stuff is hot and malty. Taste is strong and just too sweet. Time has proven this stuff will only get better. Bits of chocolate are still too bitter. 10/26/08. Iím going to rerate this, as Iíve had every vintage including corornation ales of this stuff. The older stuff for the most part holds up well, being vineous and sherry-like.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
The spread was amazing. I didnít know anyone at the place, but heck, whats food for if not a social lubcricant. Or is that alcohol? I dunno. Anyway. We mixed and mingled and made small talk. I didnít fit in... I was sandpaper to their velvet, fiddle to their violin, synonym to their metaphor. These were the kind of people who discussed problems like they never had any. Fakes. Charlatans. Dreamers. But boy... that food was amazing...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1029) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
trappist glass / 2004 P 35072 edition / no head, just a few bubbles; however, it looks wonderful because i know this isnít some other beer; this looks like a fine mofo of a liquor! aroma of chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream... thick, malty, but not cloying. absolutely wonderful mouthfeel and flavor... alcohol, edenís fruit and it ainít apple, buttery caramel, a few drops of kikkoman, a waft of smoke... wow! how could i cellar this for even a decade? iíd drink it all! / tasted after my palate was assaulted with a great smoked and peppered salmon with smoked provolone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
In a Hardyís snifter. Poured a dark amber with little head. Aroma is malty sweet of caramel and toffee with some fruits of green (but not too sour) apples and prunes. Flavor, wait how did I forget the alcohol aroma, of toffee, fruits, alcohol and some light soy on the end. Very warming. Full bodied and syrupy. I have 15 bottles to go and plan on drinking them over the next 20 years. One last smell before the final sip and pick up some tobacco aroma

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2004
(1 Nov 04, V2003 Noís 13869 & 13939) Deep amber-brown with a tiny head that soon receeds to the sides of the glass and leaves only minimal lace. Its aroma is rich and inviting, of apple and nutmeg, raisin, plum and prune. The body begins so very sweet - huge in the mouth, smooth and warming. Its flavours are like those in the nose, very fruity, with a slight sour character near the end. The sweetness is well balanced by a bitter finish that rounds off nicely.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2004
10/31/04: Bottle.
Wonderful aromas of fruit (plum and winesap apple), alcohol and brown sugar. Garnet-brown body. Flat and tranquil looking/ no head or lace. Flavors include fruit (raisin/apple) and alcohol. Sweet and malty with a bit of sour toward the end. Finish is smooth and quite long; caramel is left on the tongue. Quite warming and perfect for an cool autumn evening. I look forward to cellaring some of this. 2004 No. P24650 Edition


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