O'Hanlon's Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003 - 2008)

Formerly brewed at Hanlon's (prev O'Hanlon's)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 1199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is the beer enthusiast’s 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 we’re still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beer—if you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.

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The_Osprey (10282) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2018
Aug 2018 - Very well presented 250ml bottle at home in Richmond as 'Thomas Hardy's Ale', 11.7%, 2008 vintage (40 year special ed) brewed at O'Hanlon's. Bottle #T15896. Dark brown, murky, lightly sparkling with a foamy light brown head. Aroma is crazy. Intense aged chestnut honey, raisin and prunes, fig jam and manuka honey. Rich honey. Body is smooth with soft carbonation, oily. Taste is, again, very honey sweet, jammy, intense sweetness prevails over any oxidation that might be there. Just like drinking runny chestnut honey. Not that enjoyable an experience really - the sweetness is very wearing. I would have enjoyed 50ml but a bottle wasn't possible. (6-3-5-4-10=2.8)

koleminer20 (4596) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2018
From notes. Enjoyed at the 5th Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis and Nicole’s house on February 03. 3x 250 mL bottles that were poured into a decanter and artfully decanted by Steebo. 2008 vintage. The pour on this is a darker ruby brown with a thin ring of white head and no lace as it falls down. The aroma is full of caramel and a sweet malt. There is a bit of a darker fruit cake thing happening, but I definitely don’t mind. The malts and a little bit of booze come in next and the finish is a little dry. The flavor is much of the same. The caramel and sweet scorched malts carry it through heavily. There is a nice dark fruitiness about the back end and a light and growing alcohol as it warms. The mouth feel is a little lighter bodied and softly carbonated with a lingering sweet caramel with a kiss of oxidation on the back end. This one is pretty damn solid for being 10 years old! 7 4 7 4 15

jxuriachv (13) - - FEB 7, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2018 Malgrat la oxidació evident, continua sent una cervesa espectacular amb un pas de boca increïble. Gran quantitat d'aromes i sabors a caramels torrats, prunes, panses i fruita seca.

KingCecil (2099) - DENMARK - DEC 23, 2017
Bottle @ Home vintage 2006 (14594) pours clear brown without any head... The aroma is plums, alcohol, Dark fruits.... flavor is plums, raisins and alcohol... a bit over date imo.

labeerinthum (1919) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 11, 2017
Verticale di bottiglie 2006, 2007 e 2008 @ IBF Pub Edition, Milano 2017 courtesy of Ottavonano Pub. Thomas Hardy 2006 (A. 8, A. 5, T. 8, P. 5, O. 4.1). Il gusto al naso va su alcolico, marsala, zuccherino, polvere di cacao e cherry. L'intensità olfattiva è molto elevata e la continuità olfattiva è considerevole. Il liquido è di consistenza limpida. Il colore è ramato, un ambrato carico tendente rossiccio. Il corpo è ricco e strutturato pesante. L'amaro è contenuto. L'intensità gustativa è elevata. La costanza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono luppolate. Il finale è complesso. L'aroma in bocca riporta sentori di caramello, luppolo, resina, alcol presente non invadente, vaniglia, vino Porto, legno, vino rosso, frutta passita, cuoio, tabacco bagnato, marmellata di arancia amara, miele di castagno e pepe. Plus variazione Thomas Hardy 2007 (A. 8, A. 5, T. 8, P. 4, O. 4.2). Il corpo è più che consistente. Il gusto è piacevolissimo. L'aroma in bocca riporta sentori di vino Porto, caramello, albicocca, tabacco fresco e gorgonzola! Plus variazione Thomas Hardy 2008 (A. 8, A. 5, T. 8, P. 4, O. 4.0). Il gusto al naso del 2008 è meglio e più piacevole del 2007 e si indirizza sul fruttato, sullo speziato e sull'alcolico. L'intensità olfattiva è molto elevata e ricca. La continuità olfattiva è considerevole e pregevole. Il cappello di schiuma presenta qualche bollicina. Il colore è ambrato rossiccio carico tendente marrone. Il corpo è consistente e robusto. L'intensità gustativa è molto elevata. La costanza gustativa è lunga. Il gusto è godereccio. Il retrogusto è intenso. Sul palato arrivano impressioni di caramello, liquirizia, frutta secca, luppolo, resina, abete rosso, torbato, tannico, vaniglia, vino Porto, vino rosso, cherry, frutta passita, albicocca, arancia amara e miele di castagno.

kerenmk (5660) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 4, 2017
Bottle samples at a tasting at the Dancing Camel.
2006 Vintage, thanks Vova. Dark brown. Oxidized and vineous aroma, PX sherry. Sweet, deep taste. Some wood, velvety vanilla, cake. Full body,, flat, a little oily, a little woodsy. (8/3/8/4/16=3.9)
2007 Vintage, thanks Stas. Clear-to-hazy brown, no head. Slightly more alcoholic, nutty and vanilla notes in the nose. Alcoholic, oxidized, sweet prune-caramel notes. Full body, no carbonation, long, English cake finish. (8/3/8/4/15=3.8)
2005 Vintage, thanks David. Clear brown. Some gherkin, vinegar and some wood in the nose, sweet, sherry, caramel, candy and brown sugar in the mouth, followed by chocolate. Full body, sweet and deep finish, grade B maple syrup notes. (8/4/7/4/15=3.8)

EdKing (2850) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2017
Bottle care of Tom Cadden from his private collection. Serial Number is I 41860 and dated 2006. Cloudy is hazy murky dark chestnut brown, absolutely no head. Nose is orange peel, Marmite yeast extract, oxidisation, little basement, marmalade, caramel, earthy, minerals. slight worn leather bag. Taste is Grand Marnier, oxidisation, prune, raisin, fig, earthy, Marmite yeast extract, sweet, sticky, orange peel, slight bitterness.

Bule (2315) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2017
250ml bottle or 2004 Release pours a brown color without any head. Mild maltiness. Tones of treacle like sugars. Smooth.

anders37 (29388) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle. Vintage 2008. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit finish.

Saeglopur (2860) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUN 14, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2017 250 ml bottle, 2007 vintage no. 58946, from a trade with zvsn, many thanks!
Dark brown body, with a tiny, beige head.
Very smooth, complex aroma of toffee, nuts, dried fruits, cocoa, some honey, some molasses.
Tastes similar, with some more chocolate and some alcohol.
Medium, creamy, velvety mouthfeel, with almost no carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium sweet, subtle roasty, a bit warm, a bit wooden, with cocoa, creamy chocolate, some fruits.

Tasty. Very smooth throughout, especially the nose is very lovely and complex. The sweetness is just well dosed, the only little flaw for me is some alcohol in the taste. Overall a lovely, classic example of a Barley Wine, I wouldn’t guess this a 10 year old beer at all, if I didn’t know it.

Ar/Ap/T/P/Ov: 8/4/7/4/17

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