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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: 1152   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 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
Gorgeous amber brown color. Great molasses malt nose.Sweet and syrupy, notes of toffee. Not one I particularly like

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4853) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2004
2004 bottling - Impressive pour, cloudy amber, kicking up a decent lacing for something with such a high alcohol content - appearance and nose of a much more matured barleywine - aroma of bourbon, brandy, rum, raisins, chocolate, must, earthiness, freshly baked christmas cookies - extremely complex for such a young sample - the sweet and bitter/tart flavors strike a decent balance (which Iím sure will improve much more with aging) - silky mouthfeel - flavors of sweet digestives (yíknow, after dinner booze, like daddy used to call it) - ripe figs, cranberries - caramel and toffee - a hint of rolled oats - a touch of hops wash cleanly on the palate in the finish, but seem to clash somewhat with the remaining caramel and chocolate left on the tongue - not completely in balance, but quite complex and tasty, and, since this is clearly a beer designed specifically for aging, this is sure to be amazing a few years down the road.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4625) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
2003. Strong malty aroma, chocolate liquer. Elegant body. Light ruby colour. Clear thin body. Taste of brandied mandarin oranges. Classic Barley Wine in an elegant manner very different from my NA favorite Bigfoot. Classic sip and savour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
pours a nice gold, looks more like a scoth or liquor than a beer and at nearly 12%, seems like its almost striving to be the scoth of the beer industry. sweetish like nose with hints of caramel, plum, sugards, raisins, and molasses. Tasted more of alcohol then the smell gave off, and was slightly nutty. enjoybale brew, but would imagine time could turn it into an insant classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
2003 Vintage bottle #16864: Deep ruby color with just a halo of head. Rich sweet candy sugar aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts very sweet and rich with hints of dark dried fruit, a quick hop bite then a long dry honey like finish. Palate is rich and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3843) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
Cask conditioned at Stockholm Beer Festival. Deep brown colour. Resiny nose along with marzipan and nuts to name some. Mouthfeel is extremely rounded with a calvados-like flavour. Feels mature already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
2003 Hazy brown with no head. Sweet caramel alcoholic aroma and the flavour is more of the same. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness, not one of the better barley wines I've had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
2003 version. Bottle #11152. Rich garnet colour with a thin white lace. Almost still appearance. Beautiful aroma, malt dominant showing cookie dough, toffee, caramel, biscuit, plum, prune, currant, berry, and a wisp of molasses. There is also a wisp of citrusy resinous hoppiness as well. Flavour is incredible malty, molasses, toffee, and caramel. The alcohol canít really be tasted but it can be felt in the mouth. Slight sweetness, but not cloyingly so. I suspect this would mellow somewhat over time. Even so, it is very drinkable, even now. Finish lasts and lasts. Fantastic brew.

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