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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: 1187   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pilsnerrogge (2711) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Bottled
Hazy reddish amber colour with a huge creamy head. Vinous, oaky, cherry aroma. Thick mouth feel. Sweet and warming with long oaky alcohol bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival 2004
Vintage 2004. Rich! Sweet, but not too much. Raisins, tar, smoke, dark fruits etc. Rating this at a festival with all the people and noise all around is almost impossible. Too complex. Tried the cask (No. 0001 of 0001) as well. Similar. Will try them side by side. And will rerate this when I get my case of 24 later. 8/5/8/5/18 4.4

Ratedate 7 Dec 2005. Bottle 08790 vintage 2003
Pours with big dish water bubbles that escapes very fast to leave an almost flat surface. Aroma of cheese, port, raisins and nuts. Surprisingly thin body but still very mouth filling with a big explosion of figs and raisins. Very sweet still and full of wine like alcohol taste/palate. Nuts and some bitterness comes through in the aftertaste. Same score as 2004/2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2004
(sampled cask-conditioned at Stockholm Beer Festival) Reddish brown, no head at all. Rich full and malty sweet aroma. Dark fruity malt, port, red berries, toffee and plums. Big, sweet and oh so deep and classy flavour. Port, pepper, plums, raisin, nuts. Long warming, hearty, aftertaste of figs, pear, toffee, port and spices. I was very surprised when I stumbled over the cask version of this glorius brew. I wish I had a case of this at home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3549) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
2003. Bottle 11298. Stuff cant be as rare as they say it is with a number like that. Sweet fruity plum brown sugar floral aroma. Somewhat mellow with a little booze happening. Moderately hazy ruby mahogany color with a very small light tan head that is quickly dissipating. Wow, this is very fruity with some nice sour vinous notes. A little hoppy in the finish as well. Slightly oily and thick. Roasted malts are also coming through. Citrusy tastes. Tangy. This is awesome! Greatly complex. A tad sweet, but yum yum yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2004
Pours a dark copper colour with no head. Malty aroma as well as cinnamon, caramel, allspice maybe. The mouthfeel with viscous, thick almost like syrup. The flavours were a strong alcohol kick, sweetness, MALT, cinnamon. It was o.k. but I think maybe it is a bit young yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5782) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4268) - 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.

   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.

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