Eldridge Pope Thomas Hardy's Ale (all vintages to 1999)

Formerly brewed at Eldridge Pope
Style: Barley Wine
Dorchester, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Creamy butterscotch notes flood the taste buds, laced with subtle complex fruit...and a subtle suggestion of vintage port. Elegant and seamless, this beer was a waltz on the palate.

In ’The Trumpet Major’ Hardy wrote of Dorchester strong beer "It was of the most beautiful colour that the eye of an artist in beer could desire; full in body, yet brisk as a volcano; piquant, yet without a twang; luminous as an autumn sunset;..."

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Bif (2474) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2018
1990 vintage, Bottle # R25461. Pours a deep translucent ruby color with no head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit and liquorice. Taste of caramel, bit of dark fruit and port wine. Nominal bitterness and a very dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and warming. Amazing it is still drinkable after 27 years. Glad I could share it with my friends.

daniele (10207) - ITALY - JAN 7, 2018
1994 12% bottle thanks alex mogano piatta ossidata marsala leggero fieno filo cioccolato liquoroso marasca ancora corposa

Sarlacc83 (2527) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2017
'87 thanks to Douglas! A: Caramel in color with a thin creme color head. Light lacing. N: Quite noticeable amount of oxidation, but underneath, there's cinnamon, toffee, and a touch of minerality. All-spice, sherry, raisin, and prune. T: Lots of spiciness with more of the cinnamon and oxidation showing through. Bit of sweetness as well; certainly not the same as fresh. M: Medium body, no alcohol presence, soft carbonation. O: Pretty cool beer. It has aged pretty well; it might be breaking down a little, but I haven't had enough vintages to know for sure.

BuckeyeBoy (9503) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2017
1987 vintage thanks to Doug. Pours out amber no head. Nose is great caramel toffee malts some old paper notes. Taste is more of the nice sweet malts, crazy that this beer is so old and still kicking.

Sledutah (8157) - Utah, USA - DEC 16, 2017
1987 bottle thanks to Doug at his Christmas Party
Pours cloudy brown with a small beige head, no lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and caramel. Flavor of brown sugar, toffee and vanilla
Held up good for 30 year's old.

stevoj (6229) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2017
1987 vintage bottle from Douglas88. Brown, clear, pours flat (understandable). Smoky, peaty aroma, leather , tobacco. Taste too is the old ale sweetness, mellowed by age, more peat. Mellow sweetness. Aged perfectly.

christof1871 (12) - - AUG 31, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2017 1998 vintage tasted at NYE 2016/7; dark ruby colour; wine-like aroma; cigars, wine taste; superb mouthfeel and finish; fantastic

gripweed57 (3164) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2017
From old tasting notes. Bottle # A31671. Vintage 1986. Sampled on 01/02/1987. Deep burgundy red color. Big sweet, pungent malt aroma with a yeasty backdrop. Intensely sweet molasses flavor with complex undertones of smokiness and dried fruit. Beautiful full Rich finish. Full bodied and flavorful. Long treacle aftertaste. A wonderfully crafted beer worthy of its reputation as one of Britain’s best. Superb!

hopdog (13606) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
I guess I will rate this one ... the oldest beer I’ve had to date. 1968 Vintage. Nip sized bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a thin sized head. Soy sauce in the aromas (but not there in the tastes).Oxidation, some dark fruits, and licorice.

b3shine (9484) - Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle to snifter (from notes). I forgot to note the vintage, but it was mid to late-1990s, if I remember correctly. Looks good for the style; dark brown with thin beige head. Smells and tastes malty with notes of caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruit. A bit of unaversive oxidation as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. An enjoyable classic that I hope to revisit at some point.

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