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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: 1195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2005
2004. Dark amber colour with a soon gone head. Rich caramel, sweet and malty aroma. Very sweet, spicey and malty taste. Warming alcohol. Supreme creamy mouthfeel. Seems to be improving as it warms up. Fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2004 edition, #34188. Red orange in color, clear, with absolutely no head. Rather complex, delicious aroma: plums, dates, toffee, brown sugar, gingerbread, green grapes and alcohol. Light-to-moderate bitterness, lightly citric, with very sweet, lightly roasted malt and burnt/roasted nuts towards the end of the flavor profile. Finish is sweet, dry, and a touch alcoholic. Very subtle carbonation with a slick, oily mouthfeel. At roughly 1 year old, this barley wine tastes as through it has already been aged several years. Delicious, and well deserving of a high score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 2003 #13817. Pours deep mahogany with only a ring of bubbles. Aroma very vinous. Has grapes,prunes,raisins and some toffee/burnt caramel. Flavor is wine like fruit. Very oily mouthfeel. Has a big warming feeling almost a burn. Will have to try again after it ages.3-25-10. 04 bottle. Murky brwon, no head whatsoever. Huge nose of dark fruits, caramel/toffee, and faint oxidation/cardboard. Flavor is dominated by a tart cherry character, with huge toffee/caramel character as well. Residuel sweetness is a little much for me. Oily slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3075) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2004. Poured out a thick syrup color with what seemed about the same consistancy. The aroma tells of brown sugar and toffee, which carries over into the taste. The taste is also balanced by notes of fruit and sweet malts. Not what I expected, but not too bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2005
2003. 250 ml. Bottle No. 12131. Pretty brownish colour. Aroma and flavour are immensely sweet. Lots of toffee, raisins, prunes, plums etc. Considering the fact that this is my rating No. 500 it was actually a little disappointing. IMHO the sweetness is a little too overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6690) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy ruby colour with no head. Warm, full aroma from raisins and some chocolate. Really sweet and fruity. Fullbodied with an extremely malty and sweet, sherrylike flavour. Very vinous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3455) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2005
2004 Vintage. This pours an average sized, frothy head that diminishes quickly. Tha aroma is one of molasses, pepper and a bit tobacco like. Sweet from start to finish, but it needs a bit more hop dryness to balance a cloying sweetness. Iíve got another one of these begining itís cellar time which shoud do it well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2005
2004-Pours a deep syrupy amber with very little head but some lacing. Caramelly hot aromas. Huge syrupy body. Lots of toffee flavors with a fair amount of EKG grassiness. Long sweet and burning finish. Needs time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4007) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Brown with no head. Pungent nose with notes of cognac and maple. Sharp taste with a bit of alcoholic punch. Complex mouthfeel is a mix of alcoholic dryness and syrupy sweetness. Brash hop bitterness finish thing out. This is the 2003 vintage and sampled in January of 2005 it is still very young. If you have the patience, save this in your cellar for about another two years. That seems to be about what it needs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Murky and deep amber. Chewy, dark fruit nose. Thick, syrupy and velvety texture. Big sweetness exudes with notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel and honey. Fruity notes of raisins, plums and sugared prunes. Softer notes of fig, flowers and grape skins. Nice complexity.

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