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OíHanlonís Thomas Hardyís Ale (2003 - 2008)

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Formerly brewed at Hanlonís (prev OíHanlonís)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2005 no P05970. This beer does remind me a lot of a fine port. Pours a cloudy amber with very little head. Sweet scent of vanilla, caramel, cherries, oak, and brandy. Flavor is of sweet dried fruit (prunes, raisins, dates, currants), molasses, and a hint of light roast coffee. Slight bitterness on finish then lingering sweetness.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lectvay (109) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Vintage 2004. Very grateful to Ray for this bottle. I had worked down my expectations to avoid disappointment, and now Iím sipping this floating on a cloud. Fairly dark reddish-brown, very little carbonation. Aroma is a little surprising -- a little astringent, alcohol, also seemed a little funky, sour. So itís a shock when it hits my tongue, immediately smooth, buttery, velvety. Rich and decandent. Hard to describe. One of my favorite beer-drinking experiences.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (116) - - JUN 11, 2014
This is a 250ml bottle of the 2008 vintage drank 6 years later. Pours a muddy very dark brown with virtually zero head. Aromas of raisins, rum and toffee. On the palate, more raisins, rum, bready malts, and you can really taste the alcohol. Tastes like rum soaked raisin bread. Overall, I thought this might be an old school euro brew, but was pleasantly surprised by its enormous complexity. All beer aficionados should put in an effort to try this one.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2014
06 13.3%. dark mahogany hazed brown with a dark grey head. sweetness of honey and caramel apples as i poured this. smell the booze easy enough too. shit ton of dark fruits in this. lot of plum and apricot. finish is warm with a lingering cotton candy to a deep caramel varying with every sip. before it warmed there was a seedless grape flavor, now it has moved into a nutty raisin flavor. iím a happy man for a little while.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2014
2005 vintage bottle - pours deep amber red/brown with no head whatsoever. Impressive intense nose of sweet raisins ("vendange tardive"), milk chocolate, with a decent amount of oxydisation. Thick body, lots of sweetness, nuts, raisins and sweet caramel in the taste. A decent amount of booze as well... and some smoked flavours in the finish. Special

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (1258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle bought by me and Ktwse at Brewdog Bar Stockholm charity auction May 2th. Pours a deep caramel with almost no head. Swirling it leaves nice lacerations on the inside of the glass. Increcible, complex aromas of caramel, raisins, toffee, honey, figs, dates, prunes, slight booze. Taste is absolutely gorgeous: raisins, marinated prunes and dates with layers of caramel, figs, butterscotch, burnt sugar, vanilla. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nicely textured with a very pleasant oily and sticky palate. Aftertaste is caramel, vanilla, prunes, dates, figs, burnt sugar. Just lingers and lingers in the mouth. Fantastic - a truly memorable experience!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (1835) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2014
Pours clear brown burgundy with minimal tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, light alcohol, prunes and dates, raisins, muscovado. Taste is boozy sweet, complex and balanced, initial sweet followed by light bitter then alcohol sweet. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
artmcd8 (1485) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
2004 bottle shared thanks to lithy. Pours a dark golden brown color without a head. Aroma is of vanilla and caramel with mostly dark fruits/raisins in there. Basically smells like candy. Taste is super sweet but not overdone, less sweet than JW Lee. Wow just really tasty stuff. Thick and syrupy with low carb.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (703) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Aroma of sweet caramel, raisins, and vanilla. Flavor is malty prunes, rock candy, and a ton of vanilla. And some whiskey. A surprising fruitiness. I wish this rating was more informative.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
2008 vintage from Sherbrooke Liquor, Edition #47228. No idea this was already 6 years old! Pours murky muddy brown with zero head - of course, itís a barley wine. Strong alcohol smell on the nose with fruits and some nuttiness trying to come through. Flavour starts as licorice with hazelnut and caramel. Solid, thick mouthfeel. Iíve had better barleywines but this is still quite nice - maybe next time Iíll cellar a bottle for 4 more years.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorm (1069) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
Klśr mÝrk brun farve med lite skum. Lukt av malt, karamell pg frukt. Smak av malt, karamell og frukt. VinÝs og fruktig. 2006 Edition. Melkebaren.


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