hebra78 (5) - - JUL 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed a 2006 edition bottle of Thomas Hardy’s ale a couple of days ago. It had then been aged for about 5 years.
There were only hints of carbonation and foam. Mostly imaginary I guess.
The palette had some slight hints of carbonation as well, and lots of heat and fullness.
Aroma is quite intense, but not extremely interesting. Sherry, plum and anis dominate the fragrances.
The immediate taste was very much of sweet liquorices and plum. Reminds me a bit of barleywine, but it is not as sweet.
The aftertaste was a little bit disappointing; as I felt it did not bring anything new, just fizzled out a bit. Maybe I am being a bit unfair, and maybe I am actually comparing it to the characteristics of a single malt, but I was expecting something more.
A very nice and ale to sip and enjoy over a long period of time. Don’t open one of these for a drinking game with your buddies.
Tognetta (720) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2016 (2007 - degustação às cegas em pouca quantidade) Coloração vinho de média turbidez, sem formação de espuma, já esperado pelos seus 9 anos ... Malte começa forte e da lugar ao dulçor intenso, vinho velho, amadeirado, vinho do porto. Longa persistência, maior sensação do amadeirado com o tempo de copo. Um ótimo exemplo do estilo.
ciocanelu (1326) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 12, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Slightly hazy dark amber color with just a bit of tan foam. Aroma is really complex with caramel, dried figs and raisins, slight menthol, a bit of rum and a touch of walnut. Taste starts with dried raising, figs, date, continues with earthy flavors, slightly nutty and some brown sugar. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Extremely complex beer, a true masterpiece.
lello4ever (677) - ITALY - AUG 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 Bottiglia del 2007, quasi 10 anni di invecchiamento. Colore ambra rossastro, senza schiuma. Al naso intenso aroma alcolico, vinoso. Al palato liquoroso, pieno, alcol molto netto, note di vino, si avvicina tantissimo ad un liquore pur mancando della loro secchezza e potenza. Carbonazione minima, una birra da sorseggiare con un po’ di cioccolato a fine pasto.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this multiple times, seems like somehow my rating was deleted. Tasted all years.2004 and 2006 with 3-4 years on them where my favorites but not in par with Eldridge Pope versions. Nonetheless a nice sipper and a good beer to age.
DroolYeast (1058) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2016 2004 bottle, bottleshare @ Mikkeller Aarhus. Bottlenumber 08069. Aroma of caramel, rye bread, raisin, dark dried fruits, prunes, some alcohol. Clear dark brown colour with no head, almost no carb. Taste is medium to heavy sweetness, berries, and light bitter. Full body, oily smooth feel, sweet finish.
ThreeCats (807) - ISRAEL - JUN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle number 58803, from 2007
Clear Mahogany with no head. Aroma vinous, raisin, sherry, dark fruit, molasses, plums, rich caramel, notes of chocolate and bubblegum.
Taste heavy, syrupy, and very sweet. No noticeable carbonation or bitterness. Soy notes, wood tannin, burnt sugar, alcoholic palate.
This thing is heavy. It is rich, and full, and should be drank very slowly, preferably in the dead of winter, with a couple of friends.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille 2004. Nez fruité (prunes, raisins, figues, cerises noires), de malt boisé du genre caramel toffee et sucré, de sucre bonbon, de mélasse et d’alcool vineux et liquoreux avec des notes de noix. Ronde en bouche et pétillement moyen avec une texture bien huileuse. Goût très fruité sucré sirupeux (prunes, raisins, figues, cerises noire, notes d’agrumes et de pêche) avec un goût de mélasse sucrée lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté boisé (fût de chêne) très sucré du genre caramel toffee, sucre brun, sucre bonbon et sucre brun et une finale plus amère dû au rôti de toffee et à l’alcool moyen-doux très liquoreux et légèrement vineux (raisins) qui donne une sensation de réchauffement très douce, avec des notes de noix. Arrière-goût long, légèrement amer d’alcool liquoreux doux, de rôti avec un goût légèrement sucré sirupeux de sucre brun et une moyenne aigreur fruitée (prunes, raisins) et des notes de noix. [notes 2005]
thepatrickman (837) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Vintage, from a trade with Alex (beermack) and shared with tbub18 in Brooklyn at a bottle share. There was a lot of malt flavor -- think caramel, syrup, and a bit of bread -- like you’d expect for a nearly 12% Old Ale, but there was a heavy amount of oxidization as well after 12 years. It had taken on a distinctly vinous and sweet "Port" flavor, and while it was interesting and distinctive, it also was a bit tangy, oxidized, and even slightly cloying.
mathieuc (3333) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage. Pours a lifeless dark ruby with no head and thus no lacing. Nose is of intense caramel, molasses and madeira. While I say madeira it is surprisingly not too oxidized for such an old brew. Taste is moderately sweet and offers caramel, tobacco, oxidized alcohol. Body is medium-full and carbonation nil. The once hot (I’m guessing) alcohol is now really subtle and appreciated. Quite an experience for sure! Held up better than I expected and I would be really curious to try an older sample now!
Malin_aiisa (825) - SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark hazy, off white head
Aroma of lovley caramel, wheat, alcoholic
Taste taste sweet, so so nice, caramel, slight coffe notes. Round thick feel
Some alcoholic taste.