Thomas Hardy's Ale (2015 -)

Interbrau SpA
Brewed at Meantime (Asahi)

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 39   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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julesxxl (632) - FRANCE - MAR 12, 2018
(~levure, old pineau, alcool, pomme, raisin, liquoreuse, ∞-caressante, ∞-délicate, ∞-souple, jeune sauternes piquant)

CH-303 (2449) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - FEB 12, 2018
Appearance: 2016 vintage, bottle 02788. Orange brown, quite clear. Not much head to speak of.
Aroma: Dark fruits, prunes, some malt and sweetness.
Taste: Lots of dark fruit, caramel sweetness, slight alcohol. Warming. Very nice.
Bought: Bier Arena Murten, 330 ml, CHF 9.90
Info: 9/2-2018, BB: 15/11-2026

CloakedDagger (3052) - - FEB 7, 2018
Bottle 33 cl. Vintage 2016. Pours amber with a slight haze and a small, rough off-white head. Nose is super oxidized - as intended. Caramel, overripe fruit and booze. Super rich body, low in carbonation. Oxidized, woody, overripe fruit, slightly moldy even. Tastes sooooo old, but in a pleasant way. Warming alcohol finish. 070218

DocLock (11255) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2018
Hardy bottle from Smith's. Pours turbid copper with frothy white head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, wood, dank basement, spirits. Tastes caramelly, hot, with notes of Werther's candy, oak, spirits, tannins. Finishes hot, as I would expect. Solid.

omhper (26207) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2018
Bottled. Hazy amber, small head. Fruity caramel aroma. Very sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Sticky caramel, some white pepper. Pretty bold and sticky.

alex_leit (5540) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 21, 2018
Bottle #32237. Blurred orange amber color. Aroma: very sweet, maple syrup, plum wine, raisins, figs, dried fruits, candied fruits, sherry. Taste: sweet, sherry, plum wine, raisins, maple syrup, whisky.

Teran (355) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2018
Murky orange, no head. Bitter sweet marzipan plus peppery. Soft carbo. Nothing special, which must be the goal of such attempt. In a way fraud.

elosop (509) - SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2018 Oklar orangeröd med obefintligt skum. Doftar sött, knäck, torkad frukt, lite tobak och läder. Smaken mycket fyllig, sirapssöt, alkoholvarm, lite besk. Eftersmaken lång med klibbig, stickig sötma, fikon, brända dadlar och marinerad frukt, lite alkoholanstruken beska på slutet. På en X-linjen är den antitesen till en torr, tysk pilsner (Jever) och en imperial russian stout ockuperar motsvarande plats på Y-skalan.

Silvan7 (1281) - Samarate, ITALY - JAN 2, 2018
Bottle @ home. Marrone , riflessi ramati, velata, schiuma beige fine. poco voluminosa e poco persistente. Aroma intenso complesso e fine. caramello, burro fuso, butterscotch, vino porto, uva passa e dattero, meno intenso ma presente agrumato da luppolo. Gusto dolce amabile, piacevolmente alcolico, zuccherino, di caramella mouh, dulce de leche, dattero, liquoroso, finale leggermente amaro agrumato e di tabacco. Corposa, molto calda, poco carbonata, estremamente rotonda, liscia al palato, equilibrata ed armonica

Bitterbill (2078) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Thanks to Tangorod and zid for multiple bottles of fresh Thomas Hardy Ale. I have had many aged ones over the years. Bottle number 42379. It pours a hazy red, small head of foam that shrinks to a ring around the glass. Smells of piney hops, caramel malt, more caramel malt, toffee, oak and vanilla. Taste follows, much caramel malt with a cutting pine like bitterness, dark fruits, didn't get that in the smell but most welcome, toffee, oak, raisins, a bit nutty, some of the ample alcohol. Close to full bodied, carbonation is not quite light, not quite medium, somewhere in between. Good lord, even fresh, this is a taste to behold, or to put it another way, a taste to relish! Only time will tell if this new rendition will stand the test of time like the Eldridge Pope beers; for my fellow beer drinkers who have enjoyed the aged Thomas Hardys in the past, I hope so!

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