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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: 1134   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2760) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
250 ml bottle from...source unknown, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 2008 vintage, bottle # 25284.

App.: Clear deep mahogany with a so-so light tan head. Aroma: Rich, sweet, brothy/savoury/meaty, lots of dark dried fruitiness, dark treacle, brown sugar, lightly oxidized, boozy, held up nicely. Palate: Medium+ body, relaxed effervescence. Flav.: Rich, sweet, malty and boozy, lots of dark dried fruits, brown sugar bordering on molasses, treacle, chocolate notes, warming booziness; sweet with limited bitterness and a large amount of warming alcohol, deep, rich, sweet, fruity malts last for a long time, as does the booze.

A 250 mL bottle is appropriate. Nice stuff in limited quantity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (3587) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. The aroma is big rich boozy alcohol, raisins, molasses and marmite. The flavour is medium sweet with a big malty wood liqourice alcohol palate. Full bodied with an oily texture and no carbonation at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4292) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle shared from a non-ratebeer friend. Pours hazy amber brown with a tiny ring bubble beige head. Aroma of raisins, soy, molasses, overripe fruit, prunes. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, marmite coming out in the palete. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (4687) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2013
33cl bottle via a friend vintage 2005. Raisin aroma. No head or carbination. Very smooth. An awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinsenn (983) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
2008 Bottle from PaulHegedus - thanks a lot! Pours clear ruby with no head or lacing. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, marshmallow, booze, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Taste is amazingly smooth for a nearly 12% brew. Raisin, brandy, port, grape, with a slightly warm finish. Super-light on the carbonation, which is fine because it is simply not needed with this Port-like sipper. I really liked this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (1749) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
2006 vintage, edition 8353 I had this beer served at cellar temperature, from a 8.5 oz bottle, into a Duchesse De Bourgogne chalice. A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Brownish White Head, Minimal Lacing S: Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Bread, Plums, Mild Black Licorice, Mild Bourbon T: Dark Fruit (plums and cherries), Vanilla, Bread, Mild Bourbon, Mild Boozy M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Sweet, Dry, Mildly Boozy Overall, its been a long time since Ive had a 2006 and it is as good as ever. Thankfully, it was not my last one...if you ever have a chanceto pick up some Thomas Hardys, buy it and bury it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (5038) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013
8.5oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. 2008 vintage, bottle reads "No. T 07296". Dark brown / red color. Minimal head. Kind of bubbly head on the top, thatís it, couple bits of lace. Dark fruit, dates, hint of chocolate in the nose. Very light carbonation. Bigger body, but not sticky and syrupy like JW Leeís beers. More of a clean, sticky dry finish. Lighter bitter taste, moderate sweet taste. Pretty awesome English barleywine. Much more complex and easy drinking than JW leeís, a way better representation of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
2005 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with Dedollewaitor. Thx! Personal contribution @ "I cannot believe that you brought your own beer to a beer festival" @ Modeste 2013. 25 cl. bottle split by 2. #43437. Dark raspberry, brown, hazy, no head. Incredible oxidation notes nose, lots of nuts,hazlenuts, sherry, walnuts, sweet malts, sugar, very interesting wild herbs which I cannot specify. Huge warming taste, cane sugar, very thick toffe, candy, almost Brazilian rum, complex bark & leaves notes, quite warming, lots of things going on, touch cobwebs, medicinal tea, hop oil, hazlenuts, walnuts & even more, which is hard to note. Thick, warming, oily & almost zero carb. Very impressive & very complex. Reputation confirmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2438) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
Thnx to 77ships Pours redbrown , no real foam Smell is sweet , apple based Sweet , boozy ( a bit ) Taste is sweet , malty , sugary . Bit caramel , . Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2041) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2006 - Dark sugar, caramel, toffee, plum and a bit of raisin. Deep cloudy amber with no head. Molasses, toffee, raisin, chocolate and a caramel and booze finish. Very complex, no carbonation and very nice. Even in the small bottle, share it as it is a big beer. Vintage 2008 - Much more vibrant than 2006 with vinous notes and alcohol present. Different, but not better. Coloring is slightly lighter. Much like the nose the edges are more pronounced as is the alcohol. Again different but not better or worse. This is a great vertical as it shows how age mellows without really changing the taste profile.

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