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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
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on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2004
Very thick pour. Dark brown color with sweet and hoppy smell. The taste is sticky sweet and caramelly with a hop whallop in the end. Noticeable alcohol. This is a very strong flavored beer, I can see why aging is recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
Bottle No. 6511 pours dark caramel with a small frothy creamy colored head, attractive lacing. † Abundant alcohol and and perfume on the nose. † Slight fruit notes, mainly pineapple, that seem to underly that alcohol aroma. † Strong sweet toffee up front. † This one is very smooth and creamy, very unique. † Finish is again very sweet, toffeeish, and a bit malty. † The 11.7% of this one is dangerously well hidden. † This is a class act Barley Wine that I bet will only get smoother and more flavorful with age. † Highly recommended.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2004
fusels, sweet, but not as much as I expected, still there's earthy English hop action detectable above the 11.7%. Thinnish and well-carbonated, beautiful. A great gift from rastacouere.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2004 03: Pours with only a trace of a head. Aroma is of Soy, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavor is of maple syrup, a bit of chocolate, a sweet soy, a slight alcohol, and a mild bitterness cleaning away most of the sweetness on the finish. The aftertaste is long and sweet much like port. This is the best English barley wine I have had to date. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2004
(2003, bottle #13882) Clear, deep brown with trace of beige head. Aroma is sweet, strong caramel, butter, some vinous, trace of whiskey. Taste is sweet, caramel, vinous, honeydew, finishing with alcohol warming tinged with peat. Full body and oh so smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2004
color is very cloudy, copper color, head is tan and moderately thin. aroma is just bloody HUGE on buttery caramel malts. alcohol in the nose is fairly subdued. flavor is an excellent combo of sweet and dry. finish is very sweet and tastes a whole lot like crunchberries. frighteningly sticky and thick! excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 For a barleywine at such a high alcohol level this is the best tasting. Very little bitterness. Strong aroma coming from it and no head when poured. I would drink this again, for sure. 7/4/8/4/17

So, I believe I bought this 4 pack rated it above and put the rest away. This is my last of this 3 brews. Damnnnnn. The oxidation is well hidden behind a very sweet raisin, particularly the flavor. Lots of sherry character. Low carbonation. I have had a few different vintages of this beer but this may be my favorite. I donít see a need to keep these much longer. For an old barleywine I think I would rather do this than many others. 8/4/8/4/16

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2004 Nice dark brown amber color with a little bit of head that almost vanished before the first sip. The aroma is powerful, similar to a strong fruit punch. There is a definate banana feel to it, with some cirtrus, and even a little berry that comes through before some good old fashioned maltyness. Palate is very crisp, not too much feel from the alcohol till the end feeling, but it doesnt last long at all. The flavor, oh the flavor, rich and wouldn't you know it, very complex. It has that nice relaxing quality of a barley wine, and makes my mouth water. I do wish I could celar this for a few decades, but alas, I'll settle for this for now.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Brownish red brew raises a slight head. Its all about the malts here. Salty sweet flavor that reminds me a little of rum. I'm sorry I just don't get the hype on this one.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 21, 2004
clear reddish brown, minimal head, the flavor is sticky & salty. strong alcohol aroma. this was pretty disappointing.


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