spporras (259) - - SEP 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle NO. P 28934) Raisin, port vinous and sweet aroma. Dark brown red colour, no head (some large bubbles). Sedimentation in the bottle. Sweet, raisin, port vinous and dried fruits flavour of long duration. Flat carbonated, full-bodied, syrupy, alcoholic, warming and sticky palate. Excellent barley wine! 17/08/07
TorbenJensen (1225) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.
minutemat (2740) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SlackerMads (2266) - DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
zvsn (1147) - ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
rayaron (837) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
alobar (3159) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Cunningham (5835) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Homer321 (2893) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
HopsandBolts (209) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250 ml bottle from the LCBO. 2008 edition.
Appearance: Pours a
dark brown no head.
Rum, toffee and molasses.
Rum, molasses, toffee, hints of coffee and leather.
Thick with no carbonation. It sticks to your mouth.
Overall: A really nice complex old ale that is still holding up after 7 years cellaring in my wine fridge. I bought around 8 bottles when it came out and haven been drinking one each year. This is my last bottle. If this ever comes out again I will buy as much as I can get my hands on.