O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 - 2008)

Formerly brewed at Hanlon’s (prev O’Hanlon’s)
Style: Barley Wine
Newton St Cyres, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 1210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
Scarce, subtle and complex, Thomas Hardy’s Ale is the beer enthusiast’s 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 we’re still counting!). Not for the faint of palate, especially when young and brash, maturity brings an elegance of flavors unmatched by any other beer—if you have the patience to cellar it for at least a decade.

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rouhlas (3614) - GREECE - NOV 8, 2015
250ml bottle (v2005) courtesy of skullgeorge at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Copper brown color with no head. Malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, fruity, dark dried fruits, wood, alcohol - brandy - sherry. Sweet taste like aroma but better. Medium to full oily to sticky body with flat carbonation.

Mr_Pink_152 (4982) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle from Darts Farm, Exeter. 250ml bottle of the 2008 vintage. Deep ruby brown, with no real head. Deep rich fruity aroma with an almost brandy like warmth. Taste is lightly sweet with a warming light alcohol finish.

JoshRaburn (118) - - OCT 8, 2015
2007 vintage drunk in January 2015. Poured completely flat. Very rich meaty flavour. Gravy and charred meats. Prunes too. Smooth and complex.

TorbenJensen (1526) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2015
The aroma is dried fruits and great vinous character. The taste of Thomas Hardy’s Ale is like port wine with delicate fruity nuances of plum, raisin and dark grapes. It has a sweetness and very distinctive hoppy bitterness that only the British can figure out how to highlight in their barleys. Gently caress it for the taste buds and the titillating alcohol strength comes never seriously in play but the whims little in the throat. It is certainly a barley is out of the ordinary with its fine fruit nuances will be an excellent alternative to a dessert or perhaps even more perfect to enjoy after a good dinner.

minutemat (5471) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
2005 vintage @ Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Aug 15. Many thanks to Mike for this rare beast. Aged for 10 years undisturbed in a dusty cellar. Musky vinous old-ale aroma. Cobweb, port and molasses in the taste. Extremely rich, thick and boozy.

SlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle, 2008 version. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Oxidised nose with some cardboard, caramel, honey. Lots of honey in the flavour, heather, grain, forest, wood, booze soaked dark dried fruits, port wine, over ripe banana. Full body, heavy sweet, moderately acidic, light salty, medium bitter. Complex and carries the alcohol well, but not something I would seek out.

zvsn (2092) - ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2016 Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition. Reddish brown without head. Smell of honey, caramel, port wine, sherry, medicinial. Very sweet, taste of raisins, prunes, honey, brown sugar, caramel, liquor, a bit acidic and salty, very alcoholic.Medium-full bodied, syrupy, flat and boozy.

rayaron (1830) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition, Q58786. Thanks zvsn. Clear red with no head. Aroma of port wine and date honey, quite alcoholic. Strong flavor of raisin liqueur, quite sweet and alcoholic, notes of port wine, prune and date honey, some soy sauce, somewhat medicinal. Flat, oily texture, medium to full-bodied.

alobar (3778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
2005 vintage with dark brown color with reddish hues. No head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, fig, and bread. Raisin, fig, and toffee flavor with hint of bread. Spectacular beer!

andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
Pours a somewhat clear reddish copper with no head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, figs, toffee, and treacle. Flavour is dark dried fruits, mild alcohol warming, figs, candied sugar, treacle, mild bitterness, and a light alcohol bite on the finish. Quite easy to sip on for a big beer.

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