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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: 1144   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. 2005. Red mahogany color with little head. Lots of fruit and caramel in its aroma. Quite bitter with very full mouthfeel - brandy and sherry flavours (and feel). Ends quite sweet and a very long aftertast.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (30713) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
25 cL bottle (2004 no 9292). Pours hazy amber with a copper colour and a minimal lacing head. Roasted fruity and malty sweet flavour, somewhat sweaty/herbal. Quite wellbalanced yet somewhat woody. Quite caramel sweet. Ends a slight bitter wrapped is mellow sweet malty flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29110) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2012
Bottled. Vintage 2003 sampled in 2012 side by side with a vintage 1998. A murky brown beer with no head - the 1998 is a clear dark amber. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, wood, nuts, and malt, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol burns slightly on the tongue. I like the older version better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
(Bottle 25 cl) Bottle # 08581- vintage 2004. Clear copper colour with an almost nonexistent head. Basically no carbonation. Extremely full and rich aroma with apricots and overripe fruit. Very - almost extremely - full body. Lots of sweet and overripe fruit and some sherry-like, wooden accents. Soft, complex and very delicate. 081006

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
2004-edition. Bottled. Red brown coloured with a small orange head. Sweet aroma with lots of fruits and berries and notes of port and alcohol. Not much carbonation, I would prefer more carbonation. Sweet flavour with lots of fruits and oak with notes of port and hops. Dry bitter finish. I guess I’m gonna buy a lot of this one, it seems like a beer that’s get better with some aging. This beer is one of the reasons why I’m very fond of barley wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2007
Bottled (2005 vintage). Reddish brown colour, minor head. Aroma is plum, grapes, caramel malts, raisins and some toffee. Also alcohol gives a nice sting. Flavour is redwineish, a lot of grapes, berries, plum, alcohol. Long alcoholic finish. Just a lovely balanced thing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19214) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2004
Bottled, thanks Rauchbier!
Cloudy brownish appearance. Hineyish berry aroma. Sweet and fruity. Not yet mature, but well balanced. Lightly salty finish. The malt character is just wonderful...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (14442) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 6th August 2008.
A 2008 vintage. Rich delicious malt. Some porty and brandy tones. Sumptuos. Liked this young version much much more than all the older vintages Iíve tasted which seem to be marmite bombs regardless of which year or even decade they come from! 3.7.

2nd December 2010
A 2004 vintage courtesy of Keen. Cheers Mate! Clear amber beer, no head. Sweet sherry and port, dried fruits and a little caramel. All really well joined up. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013
2013-03-07, vintage 2004, 9 years old, 7-3-8-3-15=36
Brown color, virtually no head. It has some of the classic aroma, with a twist of nuts and oxidization. The mouthfeel is a bit oily; it has a good malty flavor, rich enough, with medium sweetness, with some roasted nuts too; correct bitterness, and pleasant alcohol warmth; it shows light oxidization. The final is just a tad more roasty than really desired from this beer.
Pleasant, balanced, classic English Barley Wine, and definitively better than the 2008 tasted side-to-side.

2013-03-07, vintage 2008, 5 years old, 7-3-7-3-13=33
Brown color, virtually no head; the pour is oily. The aroma is close to the classic, but not as powerful; there is some malt, dark caramel, dust and light oxidization. The carbonation is almost completely gone, therefore the mouthfeel is slightly oily; some malt flavor, but mostly there are roasted nuts; moderate residual sweetness, some alcohol perception, and quite strong bitterness. Apparently a bit salty too.
Less malty and sweet than the 2004 tasted side-to-side, and with just too much roastiness. It seems quite messy.

2011-11-05, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Dark mahogany color, hazy, revealing red reflex against a source of light; it has a medium sized head, a thin layer of which is persistent. The aroma is malty, rich, with caramel, some butter, and some Parmigiano Reggiano. Full bodied, it has a strong malt flavor, sweet, with caramel, some fudge, but also a very light, unusual sourness; the bitterness is quite high, but in balance with the sweetness; the alcohol perception is mild; there is a medium nutty character.
Good, but probably requires more years.

2010-10-31, vintage 2004, 6 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Tasted in parallel with 2 vintages of the original Eldridge Popeís

The bottle has little carbonation; it pours a dark brown color, with red shades, without head; less deposit in the bottle than the older samples. There is some caramel aroma, mild, with some alcohol and butter, wood; it canít hold up to the original version. The mouthfeel is strong, sticky, and a bit oily; good caramel flavor, malt, sweet, with a touch of chocolate and Madeira; the alcohol is more evident than in the Eldridge Popeís, maybe the bitterness too, hence the final is more balanced; itís also a bit woody. The malt profile is less interesting than in the Eldridge Popeís, but the final is more complex. Very good, it has potential to improve for another few years.

2008-04-02, vintage 2006, 2 years old, 8-5-9-3-17=42
Lovely nutty malt, a bit alcoholic, with a good body strength, but not too thick. It still has to mature a few years.

2004-05-18, vintage 2003, 1 year old, bottle 000434, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Beautiful ruby color; more fizzy than the original. Malty aroma, but also an incredible apple note; later it develops a caramel character. Malty (of course), well balanced by a strong bitterness; more aggressive than the original (a light wood sourness), sweet caramel, lightly burnt sugar. A bit too alcoholic.
Very good Barley Wine, but less complex than the original.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2012 Well how on earth is this so highly scored. Iíll try a 2nd bottle but 5 os us could not finish the one i had.Red brown colour, with a hoisin sauce nose and a hoisin sauce flavour. Alcholic Hoisin sauce!! 1.0

bottle at home 2007 vintage bottle 56707... deep red brown ... juicy soft malts ...very fruit nose ... soft toffee malts ... very oily ... sofe mellow malts ... some of that malt im not fond of ... quite fruity ... light juicy hop ... soft bitter ... no sign of hoisin sauce .


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