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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


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RATINGS: 1134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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 18/20
NordicV (992) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
Flaska, vintage 2005 @ Bishop Arms Savoy, Malmö. Delad med mzaar. Rödbrun öl nästan helt utan skum. Påminner om ett madeiravin i utseende. Även i doft och smak och munkänslan så finns det mycket starkvin. Russin och annan torkad frukt, läder, trä och mörk kola. En smakexplosion som ligger kvar länge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mzaar (1365) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2013
Flaska vintage 2005 @ Bishop Arms Savoy, Malmö. Delad med NordicV. Mahognyfärgad med minimalt skum som snart lägger sig. I doften: Läder, lakrits, körsbär, fudge, plommon, mörk choklad. Smakinslag av russin, fudge,mörk choklad, kaffe, läder, körsbär... Det är perfekt vinöst. Det är mjukt men ändå så oerhört fylligt och kraftigt. Det är som att sitta med ett glas ljuvligt dessertvin. Det är... fantastiskt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (799) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle share taster. Mini vertical. 2004: dark amber. Aroma of raisin, cherry, alcohol. Taste is so sweet and syrupy. So brilliant. 2005: hazy amber, no cap. Aroma is sour, prunes, honey. Taste is sour and tart. 2006: cloudy amber. A blasted guy was pouring the 2004 & 2006 LOL. Aroma is wet dog, dark fruit, and a muted dry sour note that was more prominent in the '05. Taste is tart with a LONG dry finish. Overall, a good mini vertical with a lot of variance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 2004 vintage. Reasonably clear brown. Aroma is raisins, sherry, dates, marmalade. Syrupy mouthfeel, sweet and complex on the palate. Taste is raisins, sherry, brown sugar, dates, hint of orange peel. Yum!

2005 vintage. Clear brown with no head. Aroma is sweet vinegar, dates, marmalade. Sticky on the palate, sweet with a hint of sourness. Taste is orange marmalade, dates, hint of port. Very different to the 2004

2006 vintage. Slightly darker brown with minimal head. Aroma is raisins, sherry, brown sugar. Syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a hint of booze on the finish. Taste is raisins, sherry, marmalade, hint of orange zest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmeup (499) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
2004 case of 24, bottle P83584. Deep, dark ruby mahogany with just a wisp of head. Extreme aromas of sweet ripe fruit, caramel, oak, berries, port, alcohol and hop bitterness...just. Flavours of prunes. raisins, nuts, oak wood and dried fruit. Taste is sweet............very sweet indeed. Truly excellent Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (5544) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
Brassin 2005, #P62860. Bouteille de 250 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Saveur: Goût d’alcool et de caramel avec une pointe de figue. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement sirupeuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #5361)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (1308) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Had at Max's in Baltimore. 2004 bottle. Pours ruby amber. Minimal head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Breathtaking. Flavor is chocolate and raspberries. Malt and strawberries. Just wonderful. Nothing detracts from this. Even the college kids screaming about football. God is good for giving us such things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DenverLogan (750) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2013
I’ve had this many times. This tasting was of a 2004 bottle, poured in dedication to Walt Powell. Pours a ruby copper. Sweet brandy and caramel aroma. Minimal carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malts, port, caramel, slight alcohol. Overall has held up well over time with minimal oxidation. Always a great brew, fresh or well aged. My rating is based on an accumulation of tastings over the years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (162) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2013
Golden red-brown color. Port wine nose, caramel malt, dried fruit, hint of marzipan. Sweet taste, prunes, raisins, light presence of alcohol. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnoble (1214) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle thanks to SSSteve, thanks! Pours deep red and approaching brownish and clear with a few chunkies. Nose is complex fruits, sticky malts, toasted biscuits, grapes, raisins, dates, and some warming alcohol. Flavor is grapes, raisins, sticky sweet malts, cooked caramels, heavy bready malt character, sticky feel. Some odd spicy flavors are mixed in there. Pretty damn good and interesting. warming.

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