Thomas Hardy The Historical Ale 2016 (Hine Cognac)

Interbrau SpA
Brewed at Meantime (Asahi)

Style: Barley Wine
Villafranca Padovana (PD), Italy
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
First brewed in 1968, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is a barley wine that improve its taste and aroma over the years, maturing in flavour like fine red wines.

In 2015 a small quantity of Thomas Hardy’s Ale was left to rest for more than six months in oak barrels, just like the first vintage: this is our Thomas Hardy The Historical Ale.

The result of barrel ageing is an even more multifaceted and complex Barley Wine with sweet, sour and spicy aromas of Hine Cognac.

Hine decided to move from Dorset to France to learn the art of distillation. This was the beginning of a long adventure that led Hine Cognac to becoming one of the most prestigious cognacs in the world.

A coincidence we have chosen to celebrate with this special edition beer.

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jesperhammer (5067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2018
02-MAR-2018, bottle @home, from Boxbeers. Clear, mahogany with no head. Aroma is tart, vinegar, wood, nuts, caramel, faint Bourbon. Taste the same. Why the tartness? An infection from the barrels? Very sweet, very soft carbonation. This is not historical in any way. A below average Barley Wine. Not worth the price tag.

CloakedDagger (3072) - - FEB 7, 2018
Bottle 25 cl. Vintage 2016, bottle # 11346. Pours a dark, coppery color, almost clear with no head at all. Nose is sweet caramel and booze, but also has a weird vague tartness. Rich, sweet, boozy body with hardly any carbonation. Sticky toffee and caramel but again this odd tartness. I have a feeling that the barrel soured this beer and it was then drowned in sugar..... Cloying and too much of a good thing really. The original has way more drinkability. 070218

daniele (10170) - ITALY - JAN 25, 2018
ramato carico pochissima schiuma poco persistente leggera gasatura legno note vinose caramello filo etilico il naso è un po chiuso all inizio non molto corpo

alex_leit (5571) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 21, 2018
2016. Bottle №12805. Reddish amber color, weak foam. Aroma: mighty, plum wine, good cognac, raisins, dried fruits, sherry. Taste: sweets, strongly, excellent cognac, sherry, raisins, candied fruits, balanced, very warming.

Lilja (3621) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2017
Flaska från Boxbeer drucken med ölföreningen. Smak och doft av humle, malt, bröstkaramell, fikon, dessertvin, torv, trä med toner av aska och chark. Stor sötma och fruktighet, värmande alkohol, något sträv, torr, fina aromer i god balans. Mycket gott!

bartlebier (4261) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 4, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2017 25cl Bottle No. 01095 bb05/2026, at 1. Adventstasting 2017 (blind) merci BA-Beersnake1 . - Blind surprise, easily identifiable as barley wine, although I'd have called it a clean US/UK rendition on account of the sleek malts, condensed sugars and "fresh" hop bitter layers. Well made, organically tight with the cognac booze well hidden in fruity notes of apple brandy, grape, rock candy and slightly overpowered by still fresh vanilla. In ways less boozy&fuming than many a Belgian tripel, a postprandial treat of a blond fruitcake beer. Not bad for a small Italian conglomerate contracting at meantime. Now to sample the original in a modern and older vintage

Saeglopur (2554) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 2, 2017
Score: 7 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 16

250 ml bottle from Boxbeers, vintage 2016, No. 09131, bb 29/09/26. Thanks to Werckmeister!
Dark red-brown body, with a tiny, dissipating, beige head.
Aroma of toffee, cocoa, dried fruits, cognac, some fruit tea, some vanilla, some wood.
Tastes similar, but richer, with more chocolate and cognac, subte booze.
Medium, a bit oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes warm, a bit astringent, a bit dry, wooden, medium sweet, with lots of cognac, chocolate, fruits.

Tasty. Rich and big, with the cognac barrel very well integrated, leading to a warm, sweet sipper. Lovely chocolate and fruits throughout. Quite on par with the O'Hanlon's version I've had some months ago.

peponi (2181) - Strzelce Wielkie, POLAND - NOV 9, 2017
Aroma: woody, cognac, vanilla, malty. Appearance: deep golden color and creamy thin head. Taste: cognac barrels, malty, caramel, woody, warming alcohol, rich and intensive, semi-sweet. Palate: full body and low carbonation. Overall: perfect BA Barley Wine, really intensive taste, amazing barrel notes, and cognac.

The_Osprey (10000) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
August 2017 - Bottle share at One Canada Square. Huge thanks Ken! As 'Thomas Hardy The Historical Ale ', 12.7%. Lovely looking bottle, #09113, 2016 vintage aged in Hine cognac. Pours brown with the slightest red hue, no real head forming. Aroma is big toffee and caramel, sugary, a little oxidised. Quite similar to Thomas Hardy's Ale but with some cognac notes that complement the base pretty closely. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is sugary toffee, a little oxidised, some cognac and booze cutting through the sweetness. Pretty robust with an up-front booziness. Very nice. (7-4-8-4-16=3.9)

_angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2017
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Sampled several times & this has improved even further since this initial rating. Deep golden pour with a very small tan head. Beautiful nose with plenty of caramel/toffee malts, dried dark fruits, hay, leather, moist wood, minerals, vanilla & cognac. Sweet, tiny bitter, malty & slightly fruity taste. Soft, round, tiny oily & mellow mouthfeel. Awesome nose & very solid taste if perhaps a hint to sweet. Very vinous mouthfeel with low carb. Love it!

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