OíHanlonís Thomas Hardyís Ale (2003 - 2008)

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

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RATINGS: 1206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hebra78 (5) - - JUL 9, 2011
I enjoyed a 2006 edition bottle of Thomas Hardyís ale a couple of days ago. It had then been aged for about 5 years. There were only hints of carbonation and foam. Mostly imaginary I guess. The palette had some slight hints of carbonation as well, and lots of heat and fullness. Aroma is quite intense, but not extremely interesting. Sherry, plum and anis dominate the fragrances. The immediate taste was very much of sweet liquorices and plum. Reminds me a bit of barleywine, but it is not as sweet. The aftertaste was a little bit disappointing; as I felt it did not bring anything new, just fizzled out a bit. Maybe I am being a bit unfair, and maybe I am actually comparing it to the characteristics of a single malt, but I was expecting something more. A very nice and ale to sip and enjoy over a long period of time. Donít open one of these for a drinking game with your buddies.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
9er (91) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2017
Nice brew. There was a hint of oak simmering on the pallate. Nice lingering difference about 5 seconds after swallow, the oak is more prevelant. Initially, the sensation is nutty esters but reveals as woody variety. Normal ale notes, except for the deeper rice aged qualities of a Belgian malty concoction.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (3430) - Haderslev, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
2007 bottle @Curing Lillquistís man-flu. Nearly clear dark amber, tiny offwhite head. Malty aroma, boozy with dried fruit and caramel. Sweet malty, bitter alcoholic flavour, mildly oxidized. Caramel and sweet dried fruit, figs mostly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (5273) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours slughtly hazy dark ruby with very small white head. Clear aroma of malt and wine yeast, with notes of fruit and touches of hops. Sweetish flavour of malt and fruit, with notes of wine yeast. Dusty touches. Bitterish and dusty aftertaste with notes of malt. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoprider (587) - DENMARK - MAR 19, 2017
2007 bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown colour with no head. None. The aroma is great, with lots of malty, bready notes along with a fruity raisin and fino sherry notes. The taste has big caramel and something along the lines of drying oak. Raisin notes again with something a little more spicy, maybe rye.. the carbonation is flat. Mouthfeel is light to medium and slightly oily. A little tingle would have suited the beer well. Held up well none the less - especially the nose was great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (3615) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle from FatPhil (2006 vintage). Light brown color, minimal head. Bittersweet taste with nuts, raisins, resin, wood, sherry, a bit of smoke and malts. Bittersweet finish with nuts, raisins, wood, sherry, a bit of vanilla, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Excellent barley wine.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ctipping (1811) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2017
8.5 oz. 2007 bottle. Amber body. No head. Smells oxidized. Cardboard. Sherry. A little fruity. Smells sweet and caramelly. Tastes sweet. Caramel malt. Heavily oxidized. Cardboard. Bitter. Just a bit of acidity. Medium body. No carbonation. Yikes, this is rough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6310) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2016
It pours deep reddish bronze with a small tan head. The aroma has dough, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, dates, alcohol and a good deal of oxidation. It has a full slick body with not much carbonation, but it is 8 years old and all. The taste has the aroma with lots of dates, figs, more alcohol and some woodiness. Pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (237) - SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle no 07408. 2007 vintage. Pours dark brown. Aroma of dried fruits. Taste of dried fruits, liquorice and brown sugar. Smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (787) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
250ml bottle, 2008 vintage @ Alexís. Pours dark brown with hints of red colour. Nose is molasses. Taste is moderately sweet, molasses, tobacco, oxidized alcohol. Thank you Alex for sharing this.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Tasting at Alexís.
250ml bottle. Vintage 2008. Aroma is fruity, some sweet grapes, chocolate amd nuts notes. Taste is sweet, dark fruits (plums), some nuts, chocolate, bready and slight booziness with some flower notes.


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