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

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

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RATINGS: 444   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, - NOV 28, 2012
1999 vintage. Poured light brown and clear with a small, rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma of vinous dark fruit, raisins in alcohol and caramel. Medium creamy body, flavour of sweet port.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (8008) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (9475) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11542) - Where the wild whales are, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (4097) - Lake Champlain, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiery_1 (352) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (985) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6862) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18731) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (4560) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Thomat. 1993 vintage. Pours tiny murky chestnut brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is malty, fruity and leathery with caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins, dates, noble rot grapes, leather, murky wood, minerals and alcohol. Taste is tiny sweet, sour, slightly bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is dry, slightly tart, slightly astringent, tiny boozy, tiny oily and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sour with caramel malts, bread, grapes, dried cherries, leather, cardboard and alcohol. Surprisingly dry and tart. Not what I expected. Will revisit if given the chance.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (265) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
Old rating transferred to Ratebeer. bottle from 1983 tasted in 2016. Really cool to try this old beer. Still really nice.


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