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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
DonutSeducer (34) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
This tasted like bottled soy sauce and jaeger. Iím not sure if I got a bad bottle or not. I could pick up the typical barely wine notes struggling to pierce through the overwhelmingly salty taste in this rare 2005 find. I have a few others I will taste and compare. I was extremely disappointed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2014
2003. Rather oxidized and sherry like. A privilege to taste. Itís still beautiful and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
2004 bottle at Brouwerís a few nights ago. Itís come up in conversations a few times, and I thought this would be a good night to finally try one. Pours completely still, crystal clear, red-copper. Gorgeous, more like a spirit than a beer. Aroma and taste are going together in this description, because I donít think I could restrain myself from jumping in. Raisins, plums, sherry are the dominant notes. Wow ... this is 10 years old and doesnít feel like itís just coming into itself -- no sign that itís anything but exactly what it should be. Perhaps this is something like a beer fountain of youth, in the sense that there are no off-notes in flavor or aroma from stale hops or oxidation. Thereís some nice honey-like sweetness, dark raisins, spirits -- this is one I can just sip and sip by a fire for dessert. Full body, rich, completely still and it feels just right like that. Overall: what a treat. Iím likely to order a few more bottles of these on future trips before they disappear for good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (407) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 24, 2014
My 2004 is a cloudy rust brown with a small head of foam that shrinks to a ring around my glass and a few small islands towards the center. Big caramel malt with a very Port like nose. Notes of vanilla and some butterscotch, maple syrup, brown sguar round things out. Very sweet from the caramel malt, the Port like flavour kicks in some more sweetness but a brown sugar and maple syrup sweetness does the bigger job with that. Fullish mouthfeel, hey, thereís even some light carbonation and some good warming. Very very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (811) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
8.5oz bottle 2004 vintage , btl no. 15578 pours a deep murky brown . Huge raisin , fig and brown sugar aromas . Taste is molasses , raisins , brown sugar , maple syrup. Syrupy palate . Sweetness lingers . Absolutely phenomenal ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottles - 2008 Vintage; Drank Dec 2008, Feb, Jun & Dec 2009, Apr 2013 - BCA - Reddish-brown in colour. Very, very sweet malty; lots of caramel, toffee, brown candy sugar, chocolate. Very fruity: dried dark fruits, raisins, plums, orange, dates. Very Rich. Vinous. Syrupy. Alcohol very evident. Very sweet fruity malty throughout ending with a bitter hoppy finish. Nice beer even when drank young (in 2008 & early 2009). Enjoyed these a lot. Lovely Barley Wine!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (142) - - FEB 10, 2014
February 8, 2014. 250mL bottle from beerbistro. Vintage 2006. Sweet molasses on the nose. Ruby red brown colour. Little head dissipated to a thin rim of foam. Malty chocolate, toffee, molasses, ripe plums and cherries. Very complex beer. One of my all-time favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (207) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
2007 Vintage. 25cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a dark amber colour with little head or carbonation. Flavours of toffee, caramel chocolate, figs - extremely complex and warming. This was very much at its best unlike the 1985 Thomas Hardy which would (Iím sure) have scored even higher had it been in the same condition. The best English beer(s) by far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2005 bottle #24904. Shared with DonutSeducer. Pours a dark ruby/brown with no head. Aromas of leather, dark fruit, molasses, and some soy sauce. Flavor is sweet at first but finishes with some strong soy sauce/salty notes. The abv is well-hidden Iíll give it that. Just wasnít what I was expecting at all. Iíd try it again if offered one but wouldnít go out of my way to seek it out by any means.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2015) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle 2006 #20909. Pour has a dark ruby color with great clarity and a ring of tan head on the glass. Aroma has sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, and surprisingly light oxidation. Mouth feel is heavy and thick and there is some faint lingering carbonation. Flavor is quite the bruit. Big heavy malts, dark fruit, plumb, raisin, molasses, and a fair bit of lingering heat into the finish. Certainly a slow sipping sort of thing but I can see why this would age very well.

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