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OíHanlonís Thomas Hardyís Ale (2003 - 2008)

Formerly brewed at Hanlonís (prev OíHanlonís)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 1200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardyís Ale is the beer enthusiastís equivalent of rare cognac. Bottle-conditioned to mature in the bottle like fine wine, this old ale/barley wine will improve with age for at least 26 years (and weíre still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beeróif you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3858) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
Gorgeous amber brown color. Great molasses malt nose.Sweet and syrupy, notes of toffee. Not one I particularly like

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2004
2004 bottling - Impressive pour, cloudy amber, kicking up a decent lacing for something with such a high alcohol content - appearance and nose of a much more matured barleywine - aroma of bourbon, brandy, rum, raisins, chocolate, must, earthiness, freshly baked christmas cookies - extremely complex for such a young sample - the sweet and bitter/tart flavors strike a decent balance (which Iím sure will improve much more with aging) - silky mouthfeel - flavors of sweet digestives (yíknow, after dinner booze, like daddy used to call it) - ripe figs, cranberries - caramel and toffee - a hint of rolled oats - a touch of hops wash cleanly on the palate in the finish, but seem to clash somewhat with the remaining caramel and chocolate left on the tongue - not completely in balance, but quite complex and tasty, and, since this is clearly a beer designed specifically for aging, this is sure to be amazing a few years down the road.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
2003. Strong malty aroma, chocolate liquer. Elegant body. Light ruby colour. Clear thin body. Taste of brandied mandarin oranges. Classic Barley Wine in an elegant manner very different from my NA favorite Bigfoot. Classic sip and savour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2004
pours a nice gold, looks more like a scoth or liquor than a beer and at nearly 12%, seems like its almost striving to be the scoth of the beer industry. sweetish like nose with hints of caramel, plum, sugards, raisins, and molasses. Tasted more of alcohol then the smell gave off, and was slightly nutty. enjoybale brew, but would imagine time could turn it into an insant classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
2003 Vintage bottle #16864: Deep ruby color with just a halo of head. Rich sweet candy sugar aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts very sweet and rich with hints of dark dried fruit, a quick hop bite then a long dry honey like finish. Palate is rich and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3853) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
Cask conditioned at Stockholm Beer Festival. Deep brown colour. Resiny nose along with marzipan and nuts to name some. Mouthfeel is extremely rounded with a calvados-like flavour. Feels mature already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
2003 Hazy brown with no head. Sweet caramel alcoholic aroma and the flavour is more of the same. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness, not one of the better barley wines I've had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
2003 version. Bottle #11152. Rich garnet colour with a thin white lace. Almost still appearance. Beautiful aroma, malt dominant showing cookie dough, toffee, caramel, biscuit, plum, prune, currant, berry, and a wisp of molasses. There is also a wisp of citrusy resinous hoppiness as well. Flavour is incredible malty, molasses, toffee, and caramel. The alcohol canít really be tasted but it can be felt in the mouth. Slight sweetness, but not cloyingly so. I suspect this would mellow somewhat over time. Even so, it is very drinkable, even now. Finish lasts and lasts. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2003 Edition. A deep brown color, resembling a thick porter in appearance. The aroma was an interesting blend of toffee, raisins, malt, and honey. Very complex and delightful. The taste was equally as complex and enjoyable. I found it it be extremely enjoyable but so very rich that it was hard to get through a bottle alone. Enjoy with a few friends.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2003 # 015846 Edition. Pours with very little carbonation. The color is a majestic ebony with accents of magenta. The thin layer off creamy head diminishes quickly into a ring, then disappears entirely. The nose is astonishing. Raisins, figs and red apples covered with caramel. Wow. Cinnamon, plums and sherry up front. More dark fruit comes later followed by caramel and toffee. Molasses and honey on the finish. Dry but juicy. Odd. Unbelieveably smooth. Unbelieveable drinkable (I want 4 more). Unbelieveable mouthfeel. Rerate, after many sampling in 2008 and prior. The 2003 and 2004 vintages are really amazing right now. I believe Ohanlons is doing an excellent job recreating this brew. I think theyíll even get better, hopefully as well as Eldridge Popes versions.

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