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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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2004
2003, bottle # 12782... Poured a very cloudy copper color with a small off white head and light lacing on the glass. Aroma of toffee, fudge, chocolate, and caramel. Taste of caramel, vanilla, cherry, and tart apple. Very strong burning alcohol, Yes, this is a bit young, and I have once again convinced myself that I like barleywines a little older.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 17, 2004
2003: Pretty ruby red bronze color with a nice level of carbonation and foamy head with spotty lacing. The aroma is spicy, sweet and complex with a full-bodiedness to it that really shines. Notes of ginger, cinnamon, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, plums, scotch, vanilla, licorice. The flavor is mildly salty with a sweet background. Tastes balanced and smooth for the age. Very tasty UK Barleywine, well deserving of the score.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2004
2k3: Dark ruby. No head really. Some clusters of bubbles but nothing else. Strong malts. Sweet caramel and toffee. Cinnamon, brown sugar and raisins. Bitter hops. Licorice and plums. Whoa! Nice flavors. Very sweet, but not overly cloying. Fruit and caramel. Cinnamon comes out. Alcohol is really prevelant. The brown sugar is very mellow and accompanies the raisins well. I would love to pour this in my oatmeal. Finishes warm and bitter with a nice fruity presence.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4040) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2004
2003 Bottle no: 4833, from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. No head, just a ring of white. Murky brown with hints of burnt umber. Delicious grape, rose and jam aroma. Very nice to start, fruit and malt, but quite fresh. Gets bigger and heavier from there: marmite, health food, perhaps raisins too. Strength is warming, but the flavour lightens slightly on the finish, with berries and tropical fruit, then the alcohol heat again and a muesli aftertaste. And a warm chest. Ultra complex. Perhaps too strong for me, and not really my style, but astonishing in terms of depth.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2004
Bottle. I guess iím not really a fan of these high ABV barley wines, but i definitely respect it. This is a huge, super sweet ale. Lots of raisiny, figgy fruit, with a hint of sherry in their aswell, woody, caramelised sugar, some alcohol, very sticky sweet malty palate, which, was a little too much for me, i did appreciate this immensly, it just wasnít my style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
a good barley wine for the lucky 409 position. Pouring a deep mohagany color this beer had it all. A good presence of sweet maly, hops and alcohol. Some oak notes where also notable. Beer was sweet, but not to sweet but sweet enough to palance out the alcohol. whats with the small bottle?

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2004
This is a really great beer in all aspects. With a few more years of aging, this can turn into the gem that older vintages have not become. Highly recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
This is a nicely hopped barleywine with a nice caramel nose and fruit nose. The flavor is sweet but balanced with a nice hop note. Nice rich mouthfeel. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2004
(2003) Has an assertive malty-sweet nose with heaps of dark fruits. Poured a murky reddish-brown with a nearly nonexistent head. The flavor is big and malty, sweetness and molasses. But it finishes surprisingly bitter, aftertaste is almost like dark chocolate. A fantastic beer, I will certainly collect a few to cellar.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5361) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2004
Mmmm. Pleasant. Has the same heavy sweetness and alcohol as the 1986 version I had last year. But doesnít have the off flavours. Some people like the off flavours. I donít. This is much better than the older version. I could go for this again. And itís cheaper!


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