DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the last times I had a Thomas Hardyís was 1999. I believe it was the 1998 version, and I drain poured half the bottle. At that time, my palate wasnít as refined as it apparently is now, and it tastes like a cheese and sausage sandwich, covered in figs and maple syrup. That was then this is now. Since then, Iíve rated the pre-2003 version highly, and this one is no different. Big thanks to goldtwins for this. Pours turbid brown/ruby with little head. Aroma and taste includes malt, caramel, maple syrup, plums, figs, prunes, brown sugar, cheddar cheese, sausage, and even onions. Itís a frigginí meal in a bottle! As complex a beer as youíll ever find. Dense palate. Astounding. This beer is more complex than an advanced Particle Physics exam. I donít know how they make this, but we should put these guys in charge of our space program.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Split a bottle with my friend over christmas break, and what a treat it was. It poured out a nice red color and smelled sweet and of light alcohol. The taste was amazing. They did a very good job of masking the alcohol. It tasted mostly of sweet toffee and fruit. It was very enjoyable, and would be for both the veteran beer enthusiast as well as someone who knew nothing about beer at all. This beer simply tastes delicious.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
leaparsons (9101) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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?
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, no head. Aroma from oranges, syrup, plums and yeast. Flavor brings prune, malt, oranges and some cinnamon. Quite sweet but good.
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004: A nice barley wine. Not as fruity as I had hoped for. Still a great Barley Wine. Soked finish. Roasted flavor.
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.