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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: 1144   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2007
Pours dark reddish brown with no head. Maeira like with dried fruits and spices in the finnish. Chocolate notes as well. Unbalanced with the alcohol to present. Great cellaring potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 1, 2007
Tasting at yesprís place. Bottle number 092292. Pours and amber-brown colour. Sweet port like aroma with dark fruits. Thick rather sticky mouthfeel. Pleasant sweet port like, toasty caramel and malty flavour with dark fruits. Sweet toasty good lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10275) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. Average of vintage 04, 05, 06, 07, 08. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, licorice, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, sugar, licorice, caramel, hop. full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10140) - SÝborg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
Bottled @ DBF2004: Vintage 2003. Burgundy coloured. Clear. Beige lasting head. Plums, malt and alcahol in the nose. Vineous. Liqourice and malt in the flavour. Well hidden alcahol. Is smooth and pleasant on the palate. Nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10133) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Vintage 2004 No 08511. This beer is mahogany with a red hue and practically no head. The aroma has nice, dark fruits, and I think of raisins, that have been soaked in port wine. The mouthfeel is oily and the flavour is strong, vinous, fantastic with notes of ripe, dark fruits, sweetness, alcohol, and itís rather like port wine. The finish has a nice, dry bitterness, that develops throughout the long finish. What a wonderful beer!! I have some in my cellar for maturing, and this first one we shared to celebrate out first grandchild (or rather my husbands), but I feel he is mine too!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10119) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Vintage 2004. Whisky-like color. Has a vinous aroma with malt and some candy-notes. Malty and fruity aroma, very good considering it has not matured yet. Id love to have this one again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (10023) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
Bottle conditioned, 250ml, 2003 edition No. 02269 from Abbey Stores, Salisbury (now closed). Chestnut to auburn with short lived head. Super rich palate, full on with a barley sugar fruitiness, some treacle, some sherry flavours. The alcohol is present even with 10 years of ageing, but this gives it the required depth of flavour rather than burning the palate. Plums and sultanas are all amalgamated in to the mix. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2014 2004 version. Sugary aroma with plums, just a touch of oak and hops. Very sweet, sugary flavor with pepper, grassy hops and burning alcohol, though partly hidden by the sweetness. Hint of oak. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Tasty beer, with a complex aroma. Has potential, but need further cellaring. This sample was too young. 2007 bottle, tasted July 2014. Dark brown color, no head. Malty biscuity sherry aroma. Still hints of hops present. Syrupy flavor, almost without carbon. Alcohol, malt and floral notes. Sherry. oak. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - KŲln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 20, 2013
Sehr sŁŖer Antrunk mit angenehmen Malznoten. Minimale Herbe, zuckrig, alkoholisch, dennoch weich. Zu sŁŖ, nicht ausgewogen. 8/9/8/9/12/9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2008 bottle poured by Glenn at Alvinne. Copper colored with slight white head and incredible lacing. Caramel and malt aroma. The taste is all about the malt. Buttery, toffee flavors with lots of caramel. Nice body, as expected from a barley wine. Take it slowly, and this one goes down pretty nicely indeed.

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