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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: 1162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - APR 12, 2004
This is a very unique beer and pricey as well for. lots of flavor really comes out in this beer, caramel, sweetness, I can't even think of it all. never had one like this before. I should get one to age for a few years and come back to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2638) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2004
Appearance was dark brown with a moderate head. Aroma is caramel and dark fruit. Flavor was very complex and featured caramel, toffee, and cherries. The alcohol was certainly present but not overpowering. The aftertaste was very sweet and warming. This was a great beer. Thanks a million Igneous1!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2004
2003 - Deep crimson and brown, off white head. Notes of sweet toffee, brown sugar covered plum, touch of vinous notes thrown in. Sweet caramel and malt, some raisin and fuzzy fruit detected, hops try to balance, but lose in the end. Sweet, syrupy and full bodied. Great after dinner sipper Obviously could use cellar time, but it's damn good now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
Light tan head that fades quickly. Strong caramel aroma with a noticeable component of alcohol. Very sweet and tart up front changing to a more malty, bitter flavor. The sweetness lingers as does the bitterness. Rather thick, syrupy. Too sweet now, maybe some time will help it to mellow out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 I really wish that this was not retired. A marvelous beer that only cost considerations kept me from drinking more of. +++Sampled from an 8.5 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown with a small tan head. The aroma is full of molasses, raisin, anise and cherry. The flavor is a glorious mix of cocoa, raisin, molasses, caramel and tart cherries. The finish was incredibly long with raisin and cocoa dominating. Full bodied with a warming alcohol note underneath. Liquid glory.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
I'm with the dissappointed gang here. Brownish red color. Large head for a barleywine. Aroma of a liquor, sweet, malty with alcohol. Fair amount of bitternes, I guess from the English hops. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, almost like syrup. Dry finish. I am going to age a few of these guys and report back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2004
Bottle 2003, #3781:Thin but lasting light beige head over a light copper body. Malty and alcoholic in the aroma at first, fruity and woody, caramel, lightly vinous, and toasty malt all in the nose. Very malt and well balanced, but slightly cloying once it warms a little. Caramel, toasty malt, alcohol, raisiny malt, sugary sweet, but has a hop flavored malty finish and aftertaste. Full bodied with low carbonation, alcohol warmth, and very smooth. I'd love to buy a case and try one per year as they age. This could stand some aging, but very good right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2004
2003 #9087. Opaque leather color. Strong plum, sweet alcohol nose. Smooth syrupy like texture. A good kick of alcohol and raisins. A noticeable presence of hops in the end. A very short finish. Sticky sweet all the way around. Great balance, good texture. Definitely a good barley wine.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6299) - 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.

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