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

 
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99
99
style
Formerly brewed at Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter

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unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 1210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
anders37 (26657) - 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.

4
Saeglopur (2178) - 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

4.1
Werckmeister (3188) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUN 14, 2017
0,25l bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, big thanks for this one. Vintage 2007. dark brown color, small tan head. smells of ripe fruits, nutty, light liqueurish, some marzipan, very light oxidation, some coconut. very nice smell. full body, no carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of molasses, ripe fruits, bit peppery, earthy, sherry, light sweetness, coconut, dried fruits. finishes light to medium sweet with notes of molasses, sherry and some coconut. loved the taste, very good to drink, very smooth. a bit heavy but not too much. good at higher cellar temperature. (also not too warm)

4.5
OminouSC2 (674) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2017
Bottle at Akkurat, vintage 2005. Deep mahogany color, no head. Aromas of syrup, raisins, dried figs, cognac, prunes, cacao and spices. Sweet taste of cacao, prunes, raisins, dark syrup, vinous flavors, cognac, sherry, dried figs, candy sugar and caramel. Purely amazing.

4.2
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
2006 vintage. Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Intensywny aromat wanilii i mlecznych karmelków. Mało ciała, pełno wanilii i cukrowej przypalanki, sporo przynoszącego skojarzenia z bourbonem alkoholu. Znakomite.

4.2
9er (92) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2017
Nice brew. There was a hint of oak simmering on the pallate. Nice lingering difference about 5 seconds after swallow, the oak is more prevelant. Initially, the sensation is nutty esters but reveals as woody variety. Normal ale notes, except for the deeper rice aged qualities of a Belgian malty concoction.

3.9
martin00sr (4044) - Haderslev, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
2007 bottle @Curing Lillquist’s man-flu. Nearly clear dark amber, tiny offwhite head. Malty aroma, boozy with dried fruit and caramel. Sweet malty, bitter alcoholic flavour, mildly oxidized. Caramel and sweet dried fruit, figs mostly.

3.7
Bamsen78 (5403) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours slughtly hazy dark ruby with very small white head. Clear aroma of malt and wine yeast, with notes of fruit and touches of hops. Sweetish flavour of malt and fruit, with notes of wine yeast. Dusty touches. Bitterish and dusty aftertaste with notes of malt. Very nice.

3.9
Hoprider (683) - DENMARK - MAR 19, 2017
2007 bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown colour with no head. None. The aroma is great, with lots of malty, bready notes along with a fruity raisin and fino sherry notes. The taste has big caramel and something along the lines of drying oak. Raisin notes again with something a little more spicy, maybe rye.. the carbonation is flat. Mouthfeel is light to medium and slightly oily. A little tingle would have suited the beer well. Held up well none the less - especially the nose was great.

3.9
Tide (3904) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle from FatPhil (2006 vintage). Light brown color, minimal head. Bittersweet taste with nuts, raisins, resin, wood, sherry, a bit of smoke and malts. Bittersweet finish with nuts, raisins, wood, sherry, a bit of vanilla, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Excellent barley wine.


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