Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2015 -)

overall
89
55
style
Interbrau SpA
Brewed at Meantime (Asahi)

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

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 39   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Amber coloured Barley Wine laden with bronze glints.

On the nose, straight away the bouquet has impact, intensity and complexity with notes of both candied and alcohol-soaked fruit, dried figs, fresh tobacco and chocolate, while a caramel sensation is perceived but remains in the background.

In the mouth, the initial sensation is of incredible density and softness, a silky warmth accompanying memories of bitter orange marmalade, dried fruit and chestnut honey. The finale provides a refreshing, slightly sharp hint that adds harmony and balance.

It can also be stored in the wine cellar to taste its evolution over time.

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3.5
mmmeinike (192) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2017
Cloudy amber color with a small white head. Sweet, toffee, caramel and spicey aroma. Taste salty, sweet with som spicey and malty notes.

3.7
fonefan (49343) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2017

Sample from bottle @ [ DØE - Ølfestival København 2017 ] @ Lokomotivværkstedet, Otto Busses Vej 5A, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Denmark.

[ As Thomas Hardy’s Ale ].
[ Vintage 2016 ]. Clear light to medium orange amber colour with a small to average, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, sweet malt, bread, caramel, light dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, pale malt, sweet malt, bread, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20170519]
7-3-8-4-15

3.7
Rasmus40 (20649) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2017
DØE. Vintage 2016. Hazy amber without head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 190517

3.8
Jorn69 (3157) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2017
Tasting @ Jorn69 20170627. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. [ Vintage 2016 ]. Malty and caramely with dried fruits and overripe fruits, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is sweet and malty.

3.8
Gaultier (1755) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2017 Beer tasting @ Jorn69, 28/6-17. [Vintage 2016]. Bottle from Systembolaget. Overripe fruity with caramel and toffee, also sweet. Body is medium to full, the finish is sweet with overripe fruits and caramel.

3.5
fillepolo (953) - SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2017 Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a bronze like colour beer with a small head. Dried fruits with caramel and sweet toffee notes. Dry finish.

3.6
alkolas510 (1411) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2017
Ljusbrun/röd disig färg utan något skum. Doftar och smakar russin, torkad frukt och karamellmalt. Lite alkohol och sötma med bra beska. Sjukt fyllig! Hade väntat mig mer!

3.3
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle. Vintage 2016. Pours a pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel finish with weak hints of dark fruit.

2.4
gnoff (10367) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2017 Thanks to rickgordon, on June 2, 2017. 11.63 fl oz bottle, vintage 2016. No 10203.
Cloudy amber color, small white head. Alcohol, boozy, sweet, vegetables, red berries, oranges, milky scent. Sweet, sugary, salsty, malty taste. Salty, soy, alcohol aftertaste. Lots of warming alcohol. Big mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Countrau orange booze up the nose feeling to it.
5/2/4/4/9=2.4

3.8
Brewhemia (313) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2017
Slightly hazy deep amber color. Almost no head. Lots of malty notes of bread, caramel, some estery dried fruit notes along with faint notes of citrus and a lot of alcohol in the aroma. Has a bit a of a sharpness to it resembling the metalic smell of coins as well. Besided that last part the aroma is quite nice in its complexity and balance. The taste is very sweet and has very little bitterness and no hop flavor. The burning sensation of the alcohol adds balance to the high level of sweetness though. Notes of caramel and dried fruits in the aroma. Slightly astringent in the palate. Very low in carbonation. I think its quite interesting and I like it. I have saved an extra one for aging. That will probably increase the balance and complexity further I’m hoping for.


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