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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: 1190   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Glad to get my hands on this one, although it was way out of my league. This is one of those beers that remind me how immature my palate really is, but thatís okay...just means Iím going to have to drink more. Getting to the beer...an extremely complex wonderfully crafted Barley Wine. Full of flavor ranging for sweet fruits and malts to dry hoppiness. Also has a great ruby red color. Definitely one to savor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Excellent beer, great sweet taste with little hint of the 11.7% alcohol. Rich aroma and taste, smoother then the description indicates on the palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2004
(No 001989) Jesus this is a good beer! Its very strong and consentrated and would go nice with a sweet dessert. A beautiful cobber golden and red-brown body with very little foam. The aroma is enchanting: honey, wild berries and sweet malt - a very powerfull aroma! The taste is just as powerfull and strong without the bitter taste og alcohol (11.7%). The sweet taste fills not only the entire mouth, but the entire body! ... what a joy ride! I can strongly recommend this beer for every barley wine fan out there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5870) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 2003 vintage

Finally drank one of these, and let me say I was not disappointed. Bottle number 13891. Pours a thick copper color with no head. Aroma is steep and rich with honey, toffee, fruit, malt and alcohol all seeping through. The taste was phenomenal! Needless to say OíHanlonís has done this beer right. Rich syrupy mouthfeel leading to more toffee, some hint of maple syrup and caramel along with fruit, some faint wood and alcohol. An absolute joy to consume! Finish was a bit carbonated, surprisingly enough with some more alcohol and sweetness. I can only imagine this getting greater as the years go by and therefore am glad I picked up several of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2003 vintage. No. 001989. Ive been looking foard to try this brew. And what a brew! The brew is red to copper, almost like a beautiful sunset, no head at all. The aroma is stunning, i could keep sniffing it for hours, sweet malts, honey, notes of cherry and a bit alcohol. The flavor is also absoulutely magnificent, the whole thing explodes in your mouth. This fine liquid is sweet, yet dry, very vinous, notes of honey, fruits and alcohol. Its very warming, with a little afterburner down your throat. This is an awesome beer, i hope it will mature very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2004
This is, perhaps, the greatest British style barley wine that I have ever tasted. Super rich and sweet, delicious spiciness. The alcohol is all but imperceptible. Deep, lucious, and very drinkable. Absolutely brillian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
Deep amber color. The taste is very sweet and malty. Has some complex fruity notes. Very good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HildigŲltur (5105) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2004
2003 vintage. Dark amber coloured. Very fruity and caramelly aroma. The flavour is extremely sweet and rather vinous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 1, 2004
5/31/04. Poured out of 8.5 oz. bottle, bought at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI 5/14/04. 2003 Vintage. Pours a clear, dark red-orange with very little head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing. Very viscous appearance. Aroma has some candied apple, rich spiced rum, soggy paper or wood, and sugar, almost like a liqueur. Flavor is mostly just sweet, a bit one-dimensional (but thatís not a *bad* dimension, per se). Some wood going on and a bit of spice thatís not just coming from the alcohol (which is actually fairly well masked). Very full body with a slight hop and alcohol burn and strong sweetness. Still pretty smooth considering the strength. The wood and spice offer a nice backdrop to the alcohol and intoxicating sugar. Itís a good one, but Iíd like to see how it goes over the long haul-- I have a feeling it wonít age nearly as gracefully as some of the other years. It isnít nearly as complex as even the 1999 at this point, and isnít nearly as strong either-- not a good sign as far as Iím concerned with regards to its aging potential. Still good, but not great-great like other years that Iíve had. Itís fantastic that theyíre brewing it again, though. Iíll take what I can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Bottle #14936 Release 2003

The beer as itís retrieval from the 8.5 ounce brown bottle pours a beclouded rusty brown color, the head is almost non-existent, as is the lace. Nose is that of very, very ripe fruit, plums and apples comes to mind, a hint of yeast and fusel alcohol also reside in this nose, as for the start it is cotton candy sweet, the malt pleasant and the top light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is benign in its carbonation; the hops along with the alcohol produce a nice bitter sweet ending and dry ending to this much anticipated beer. Iím sure it wonít be everybodyís bottle of beer, so if you donít want yours, sent it to ďOld GuslerĒ, as you know he will drink anything once, as in malted beverages.

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