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

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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2012
2005 no P05970. This beer does remind me a lot of a fine port. Pours a cloudy amber with very little head. Sweet scent of vanilla, caramel, cherries, oak, and brandy. Flavor is of sweet dried fruit (prunes, raisins, dates, currants), molasses, and a hint of light roast coffee. Slight bitterness on finish then lingering sweetness.


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 (3435) - Haderslev, DENMARK - APR 1, 2017
2007 bottle @Curing Lillquist’s 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) - Sønderborg, 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 (3638) - 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 (6315) - 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 (238) - 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 (803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
250ml bottle, 2008 vintage @ Alex’s. 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
Tasting at Alex’s.
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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