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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: 1179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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.

Uriel's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Yeasty with a dark orange brown color. Very rich and smooth with almost no bite to speak of. Soy sauce and port flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshRaburn (62) - - 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 (1307) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2015
The aroma is dried fruits and great vinous character. The taste of Thomas Hardyís 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 (2783) - 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 (2275) - 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 (1155) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayaron (839) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition, Q58786. Thanks zvsn. Clear red with no head. Aroma of port wine and date honey, quite alcoholic. Strong flavor of raisin liqueur, quite sweet and alcoholic, notes of port wine, prune and date honey, some soy sauce, somewhat medicinal. Flat, oily texture, medium to full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3160) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
2005 vintage with dark brown color with reddish hues. No head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, fig, and bread. Raisin, fig, and toffee flavor with hint of bread. Spectacular beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
Pours a somewhat clear reddish copper with no head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, figs, toffee, and treacle. Flavour is dark dried fruits, mild alcohol warming, figs, candied sugar, treacle, mild bitterness, and a light alcohol bite on the finish. Quite easy to sip on for a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (5925) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
Lovely clear amber color with no head at all. Rich nice and complex aroma. Dried fruits, figs and toffee. Thick oily body. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Warming alcohol in the end. Smooth and complex flavor. Dried fruits, some vanilla, figs, raisins, sherry and toffee. Nice evening sipper.
[Bottle (2006 - No. P 34905) from a trade with Meilby]

English county #43

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2897) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
Old ass bottle from the rotter. Pours nearly flat. Nose is a dried raisin with some dusty malt. Taste is like a dried fig thatís been in the fridge for ten years. Moderare sweetness. Ugh.

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