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

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


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RATINGS: 448   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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LarsHolmer (113) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2003
I´m sad to hear that this beer no longer exists, try the brewery´s home page. They won´t even answer the telephones. My visit at the brewery in 1989 resulted in a couple of bottles from the eightys my last bottles are from 1988, and I still find it a bit strange to define as a beer. Very much like port, sweet in the nose, amber and thick like syrup but so rich of aromas and full of tastes.

Jayb0 (1212) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Feb '03. This is a composite rating from a vertical flight of the 94,95,96, and '98. Yum yum, yum and yum. They're all delicious, the 94 and 96 stand out with the '94 starting to show more barleywine character, the 98 still showing youth, will be excellent in two or more years. The 95 merely good.

Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
I will rate the 1994. Thick sweet raisins and dried current flavor a little musty. A rich wonderful aroma hops add nothing to the flavor. Reminds me of sipping brandy

UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Top, top shelf. I sampled a 1998 bottle. I think this beer qualifies more as an old ale, rather than a barley wine. I don't think the body or hops are quite enough for a barleywine, even an english style. Heavy and malty, masterfully brewed. Great caramel flavor, with a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. A touch of smokiness in the middle of the sip, with a light undertone of hops. A rare masterpiece of a beer if I've ever tried one.

daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
1993. Slightly cloudy, hazy dark orange appearance. Dark fruit, light hints of chocolate, alcohol and plenty of malt. Thick malty body, smooth, good hop bitterness in the finish which is nice in this type of beer with the malt being so thick and robust. Aged beautifully, almost 10 years, not too sweet, complex.

domtom (65) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 29, 2002
This is for a 1994 vintage: looks like tea, slightly opaque, no foam. Strong aroma of malt and vinegar. Sugary, disgusting. Not my kind of beer.

Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2002
This is for a 1994 vintage: its colour is pale brown, slightly cloudy without foam. The aroma is very deep and fresh with notes of bilberries, cocoa, chocolate and plum. Charming ! This beer is very complex and interesting though quite heavy.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Brewed in 1998: Pours a cloudy light brown with a few bubbles, but no head and hardly any carbonation. Starts out with a touch of alcohol, then goes through a myriad of complexity, lots of plums and raisins and a thick sweet body. Alcohol is not as well hidden as some other strong barleywines, but the thickness of the palate makes it tolerable. It also contributes to the complexity. This has aged extremely well, especially since I just bought this recently. This is a great winter warmer and a wonderful barleywine.

ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2002
very sweet wine like with ery little head...................................

DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 1996 edition, sample 11/2/02: swirling dots of wonder and a halo of large clear spheres..sweet molassis intertwined in berries..blanched licorice injections..chocolate goosebumps..dressed in butterscotch, sang the faint whispers of what was once lively carbination..a heated alcoholic burn settles sweet and lingers sweeter..something's missing??

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