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: 446   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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Camons (12305) - Hasselager, - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle @ Christers. 1982 vintage. Pours dark orange with a small offwhite ring of foam along the glass. At first the aroma is pretty awful with sourness, oak, heavy oxidation, mold, but after a while in the class settles or opens and becomes alot nicer. Oxidation still there, but sweet malts, caramel, port, dark fruits and oak is present aswell. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, oak, heavy oxidation, port, light brett notes, dark fruits. Thin to medium body, flat carbonation. Tip : let it sit in the glass for some minutes before drinking 041212

ctipping (1926) - 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.

LRonCupboard (64) - 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.

jmgreenuk (9313) - 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.

deanso (10070) - 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.

kermis (12869) - 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.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2016
BitterBill sent me this. 1975 vintage, pictures posted on untapped and talkbeer. I poured into a snifter. The appearance was a ruddy burnt red almost brown color with no head nor lacing, (me, given the brew year, I get it, I’m not worried). The aroma starts off with sweet figs, plums, light spice (blend of cinnamon to orange zest to allspice). Sweet earthy almost leathery stickiness. Warms into some prunes. The flavor leans to the prune side so much with a tingle of vanilla and some leathery sort of tobacco to bready sweetness. The aftertaste is somewhat a sweet to wet pruniness running on into a quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body (this really kept it’s weight, what in the what? Yeah, it really did). Carbonation, haha, well, look at the date, and I’m pretty sure most rational beer drinkers will realize, that there’s no carbonation left to this. Overall, despite no carbonation left, this amazingly held up so well. I never would have thought that a beer older than me would have held all of those aromas and flavor and just blend so well. Amazing, just doesn’t seem like a word remotely close to describe my true feelings for this beer.

fiery_1 (927) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
330ml bottle 1994 vintage @ Alex’s. Nose is a lovely light molasses and sugars. Flavour of sherry, molasses, and sugar with a comforting warming feeling. I picture myself drinking this from a large snifter over hours and hours. Lovely.

beerplace (1603) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s. 330ml bottle, vintage 1994. Pours an almost opaque brown copper. Aroma is sweet, fruity, mushrooms, oxidized. Taste is pretty the same: dark fruits, some nuts and mushrooms, liquorice. Same aftertaste.

vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Rating #6500. Bottle 1989. Brown pour with no head. Sweet malty, oak, fruity, alcohol aromas. Flavors are sweet, malty, light oxidation, alcohol tones.

rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle at Gammal Skåpmat, Thomas Mattssons place, 160802. Dark amber beer with almost no head. Sourish fruity aroma, grapes, citrus, vinous, raisins, grapefruit notes. Sourish fruity flavor, vinous, grapes, raisins, caramel, some warming alcohol. Kinda thin bodied.

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