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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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1196   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Vintage 2004 Edition 16550...POured a deep amber color with a small but lasting off white head...Aroma is of sweet malts, grapes, plums and raisins...Flavor was absolutely huge and complex that continued to develope for what seemed forever...very sweet of sugary molasses and dark fruit also i found myself thinking of grapes...Extremely complex beer...Body was very full and thick on the mouthfeel...Great beer but I paid $14.95 for a bottle at Summits Wayside Tavern...Pricey but very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Thank you mitch! Vintage 2003 Edition 00560 This beer pours a cloudy orangey color with hints of red in there and a small tanned creamy head which sort of left a cream layer on top of the beer. There was also a light degree of sediment at the bottom of my glass which made this all the more intriguing. The lacing was mild at best here. HELLO aroma....wow there was some nice stuff going on in the aroma but you could also smell its youthfullness. Heavy alcohol, plums, raisins, cherry, sherry, vanilla, wood and almonds or some form of nut was in the aroma. I mean this was a sheer menagerie of aromas melting into an orchestra of bliss! The flavor is a VERY LONG LASTING AND DEVELOPING beast which encompasses brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa and candy sugar. I mean there is a HELL of a lot of stuff going on in this beer and itíd take more than one bottle to figure it all out. Some alcohol in the taste and a nice degree of carbonation for such a highly alcoholic beer. Thereís definitely also a nutty quality in this beer and its hard to pinpoint until it warms and you near the finish. Chalky thick bodied beer with a wonderful mouthfeel and long developing flavor both in your mouth and after it goes down! I have few words to describe how good this will be when aged!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Very good taste that promises to age well. I currently have 25 bottles of the 2004 vintage and am looking forward to enjoying them for many years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2004
While this beer is certainly meant for aging, it is, when compared to other such "aging necessary" beers much smoother and more manageable. While Iíll reserve any strong opinions on this unaged bottle, it has a lot of good flavors that mixed well, even in this more "raw" form, and I can only imagine a well aged bottle. Iíll have to pick up another and be patient.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2004 vintage, 8.5oz bottle, tasted 12/1/04: Pours to a beautiful orange ruby color with no head. Aroma: plums, raisins, port, alcohol, cardboard, shoe leather, brown sugar, oak barrel. Taste: Initially mildly bitter & syrupy with some hops, brown sugar, figs, oak, caramel, port, grapes, toffee. Finishes with a pepper-like warming alcohol and hint of malt & fruit. One taste of this and youíll know itís a fine beer meant to be aged. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2003 Bottle 005289: Well Iíve had this for a year now, I think itís about time to try one so I can start comparing yearly. Deep ruby color, short head that quickly disappears, clear lacing. The color is vivid and deep - very nice. Nose is strong - plums, raisins, grapes, moderate alcohol. Smooth plum/fig sweetness; syrupy in the middle. The edges are more oaky, spicy, tart, dry. It all blends together in the aftertaste along with some alcohol. This is fantastic, cant wait to try it again!

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rudolf (2353) - 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.

   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

   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!!!!!!!�

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