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O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 - 2008)

Formerly brewed at Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is the beer enthusiast’s 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 we’re still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beer—if you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gubihumle (540) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2015
Flaske. Dette er en helt speciel øl. Farven er rødlig kobber og der er ingen skumkrone. Aromaen og smagen er tørret sødlig frugt, karamel, portvin/madeira. Smager fantastisk.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (2809) - ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Brown beer, no head. Nose is fruity, very spicy and malty, bready, dark fruits, almost like a boozy christmas pudding. Flavor is caramel, dark fruits, lots of bready malt, licorice notes, dried fruits, warm booze. Licorice, fruity, bready finish, dark fruit... This is amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
martjoobolut (2921) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2005 (shared by fatphil, thanks). Aroma is sweet, spices, home made black bread, malt, dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet, home made bread, malt, caramel, some spices. No sign of alcohol. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2675) - GREECE - NOV 8, 2015
250ml bottle (v2005) courtesy of skullgeorge at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Copper brown color with no head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, fruity, dark dried fruits, wood, alcohol - brandy - sherry. Sweet taste like aroma but better. Medium to full oily to sticky body with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3629) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle from Darts Farm, Exeter. 250ml bottle of the 2008 vintage. Deep ruby brown, with no real head. Deep rich fruity aroma with an almost brandy like warmth. Taste is lightly sweet with a warming light alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - OCT 8, 2015
2007 vintage drunk in January 2015. Poured completely flat. Very rich meaty flavour. Gravy and charred meats. Prunes too. Smooth and complex.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1452) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2015
The aroma is dried fruits and great vinous character. The taste of Thomas Hardy’s Ale is like port wine with delicate fruity nuances of plum, raisin and dark grapes. It has a sweetness and very distinctive hoppy bitterness that only the British can figure out how to highlight in their barleys. Gently caress it for the taste buds and the titillating alcohol strength comes never seriously in play but the whims little in the throat. It is certainly a barley is out of the ordinary with its fine fruit nuances will be an excellent alternative to a dessert or perhaps even more perfect to enjoy after a good dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4152) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
2005 vintage @ Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Aug 15. Many thanks to Mike for this rare beast. Aged for 10 years undisturbed in a dusty cellar. Musky vinous old-ale aroma. Cobweb, port and molasses in the taste. Extremely rich, thick and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlackerMads (2824) - DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle, 2008 version. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Oxidised nose with some cardboard, caramel, honey. Lots of honey in the flavour, heather, grain, forest, wood, booze soaked dark dried fruits, port wine, over ripe banana. Full body, heavy sweet, moderately acidic, light salty, medium bitter. Complex and carries the alcohol well, but not something I would seek out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zvsn (1589) - ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition. Reddish brown without head. Smell of honey, caramel, port wine, sherry, medicinial. Very sweet, taste of raisins, prunes, honey, brown sugar, caramel, liquor, a bit acidic and salty, very alcoholic.Medium-full bodied, syrupy, flat and boozy.

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