aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - FEB 25, 2001
This beer is heaven!...................................... rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2001
I have to give this one a perfect rating, what a beautiful beer. Only gets better with age. I’ve had the ’96 & ’97 and can attest to it getting better with age. Truly a beer for barleywine lovers, I’ve had several and this, by far is the best! mrbeakersalesman99 (17) - USA - APR 8, 2001
what can I say! This beer is sooooo beyond beautiful that you just have to try it if you can find a bottle!!! It’s not being made anymore. I never knew a barleywine style ale could taste this great opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2002
One of my all time favorite beers for sure. Luckily I’m a member of a local homebrewing club. And I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a few different vintages of this ale which guys in the club have brought to share. Every time...without fail...I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven when this ale touches my tongue. SUPERB. Strong. Rich. Complex. Malty. In-fucking-credible. jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Update 1997 vintage: Copper bronze in color. the pour yields no head. Very madiera like qualities and see notes below. My numbers ain’t movin’.
Vintage 1994. Oh dear God this is stage 5 beer nirvana! Smooth, vinuous aroma (slightly oaky as well). Delightful caramel and port-like characteristics. This bottle was pulled out for the host of Split Thy Skull VII and he graciously shared it with a few of us. Truly deserving of my first perfect score. Outstanding!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Have had several vintages, 1983, 1986, 1990, 1999, etc. This review is for the 1986 vintage, which I am consuming as I type this. This is the classic beer for the beer collector, such nectar. The best beer ever produced, quite possibly? Pours very dark, nearly black, the darkest Hardy’s I’ve ever seen. Flat, but it’s 22 years old. Aromatics of caramel, chocolate and sherry, just amazing. Flavor goes beyond amazing, with amazing chocolate, nougat and caramel. Nearly 120 second finish, which can’t be put into words. The 1986 is incredible. While each vintage is different, as a whole, it can’t be argued that Eldridge Pope’s Hardy’s is the most collectible and age worthy beer ever produced. JStax (6898) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Okay, my second perfect score. Am I getting lax in my ratings? I don’t know, but I seriously can find nothing to complain or nitpick about with this beer. Maybe it was just the environment in which I had this beer and I had just enough to drink to make this experience mind blowing. 1999 vintage 12 ounce bottle. Super generous share! Pours a dark copper with a creamy, lasting, beige head of foam. In the aroma I get chocolate covered raisins predominantly. Very complex, malt forward beer. Some cherries, caramel, nuts, toffee all come through plain as day. I cannot get over how awesome this beer is. It’s a pit it’s not being made right now. The taste is everything the aroma had to offer, but an explosion of flavor on the tongue instead of just sticking my nose in the snifter. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lasting chocolate covered raisin aftertaste that lingers for a long time, but that still isn’t long enough. I want more of this beer. spagyetti (68) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2008
I’ve had a few. 1994,1995,1996,1997,1998. All at varied stages of age. My favorite was the 96’. I bought a case with the last three years in there, All 120 bucks worth! This was in 2002. The pinnacle of brewing? Why not! My only problem is, I wish I was drinking them now. drpimento (3672) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2009
This is a july,1981 bottle 3 15325. Poured flat. Color is dark mahagoney with garnet highlights. Aroma is typical barleywine, malt, sherry, raisins, and dirty socks. Flavor is the same but with more going on: chocolate, a little booze at the end. Frankly, this was a little less than I’d anticipated. Also going to open a bottle of TH 1975 next: Poured again flat, much better aroma - much more malt, yeast, ripe dark fruit, chocolatey, and must. Flavor’s ’bout the same but more. Boozy at the end. ’75 is way bettter than the ’81. Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2001
Defines the English barleywine. Sophisticated and elegant. Smooth and creamy and rich. The flavors are in perfect harmony. A world-classic.