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

 
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99
98
style
Formerly brewed at Eldridge Pope
Style: Barley Wine
Dorchester, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
christof1871 (9) - - AUG 31, 2017 does not count
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

4.2
gripweed57 (2719) - 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!

2.8
hopdog (12816) - 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.

4
b3shine (9011) - 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.

4.2
rumore (636) - Rimini, ITALY - JUL 2, 2017
1983 33cl bottle, thanks to Lorenzo for sharing. Pours dark brown, with beautiful prune reflections, no foam. Aroma is very fruity, of caramelized figs, caramel, prune. Body is very dense, with some stickiness and no carbonation. A bit of astringency comes out Taste has intense sweetness, from ripe prunes and figs, while still remaining very delicate, probably because of the aging. Some underlying bitterness can be perceived. Finish is long and sweet of prune and figs again.

4.1
ctipping (2179) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2017
6.33 oz. bottle. 1991 bottle. Deep amber with a couple of floaty bits. No head. Smells of raisins, oxidations, and something like charred wood. Tastes of rich sweet caramel. Brown sugar. Raisins. A little cardboard and sherry oxidation. Mild bitterness the cut the flavors. Tingly alcohol. Medium heavy and flat, but never sluggish. Remarkable. I expected this to be terrible, having had a 2007 bottle that was unpleasant, but this is delicious.

4.1
LRonCupboard (67) - Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle from Ed at the mighty Bacchanalia, Mill Road, Cambridge. Boy, this ages well (1999 vintage) Thin beige head, forms over murky ruby brown old ale. Pours thick and oily and head dissipates pretty quickly. Carbonation perfectly light. Aroma is sweet with biscuit, caramel, cherries/dark fruit and I’m even getting a bit of licorice. Sweet, sticky and very viscous palate. Long lasting caramel, dark fruit and dried fruit (prunes and raisins) taste. Bitterness comes through on lovely long finish. Complex stuff with great balance. Now feeling some remorse and wishing I’d held on to it.

3.3
jmgreenuk (9703) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle shared courtesy of Deanso. Poured a murky dark brown with no life. The aroma is roasty malt liqourice. The flavour is moderate to light sweet liqourice bitter with a rich oily molasses bitter alcoholic bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

3.6
deanso (10178) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - NOV 27, 2016
1975 Bottle shared with Kermis & JmGreenUK. No head or carbonation. Dark brown pour. Port in the atertaste. Aged very well.

3.6
kermis (14134) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
1975 Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Dark brown with no head. Aroma of port, mould and overripe dark fruit. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.


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