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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

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RATINGS: 1196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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.


3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3567) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2005
bottle-Thanks to Erway for cracking this one open for our tasting. pours a deep orange hue with a small off-white head. a little more carbonated than old vintages. Big alcholoic aroma with hits of currants, dark fruit, plums. a slight apple not as well. This is a big beer with flavors of caramel, maple surup (especially in the mouth feal), and molassas. This is a very good barleywine but could use alot of aging. could be a very good vintage to age however.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (2102) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2003 Vintage, #08491. This poured a fairly opaque mahogany color. There was about zero carbonation and head to it. Very fruity aroma. A complex mix, making it difficult to identify individual fruits. Almost floral also, with a twinge of alcohol evident. Quite the interesting flavor. Somewhat cognac-like. Sweet, but not overly so. Smooth, rich, fruity flavors. This is really nice. Perhaps I should buy a few and let them sit 5 years or so. They should improve nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2004 Vintage. Pours a deep, dark redish brown hue, with a very subtle white head. Thick and viscous, syrupy consistency. Light grape wine nose, very floral. Flavor of raisins and figs, lots of dark fruit sweetness. This one is a sipper, but goes down easy. Very enjoyable brew, recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
2004 edition, rated in 2005, so really quite fresh. Havenít had this in about a decade, and that bottle was about 5 years old. I thought it tasted like oxidized molasses at the time. It probably did. But I did enjoy this fresh bottle. Dark amber, only trace carbonation. Fruity sweet malt aroma, with plenty of plum and dried apricot. Fruity plums, nectarine, and maple syrup fill the mouth. Malt driven without tasting like a brew kettle. Just enough bitterness to balance and keep it from being cloying. This really was quite good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1799) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2470) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, 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?


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