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: 1201   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
gunnfryd (14459) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle. Average of vintage 04, 05, 06, 07, 08. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, sugar, licorice, caramel. Flavour is alcohol, sugar, licorice, caramel, hop. full body. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14054) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
250 ml bottle (2006 vintage) poured a clear dark copper brown with a small lingering amber head into my new Thomas Hardy snifter. Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, carmel, light molasses and hints of maple smoke and vanilla greeted my olfactory senses. The palate was full bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of prunes, figs, raisins, dates, toffee, carmel, light molasses and hints of smoke and wood with a smooth warming lingering semi sweet finish.
A very complex and enjoyable beer. Great on a cool Christmas Eve!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14004) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle 2006 at Robbieís in Daytona Beach, FL. Poured hazy brown cloudy with medium frothy head that diminished quickly. Complex aroma of tawny port and alcohol. Full body with thick texture. Complex flavor of bittersweet dark fruit flavor with small bitter finish of long duration. May be better in two years.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (13835) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
Bottle conditioned, 250ml, 2003 edition No. 02269 from Abbey Stores, Salisbury (now closed). Chestnut to auburn with short lived head. Super rich palate, full on with a barley sugar fruitiness, some treacle, some sherry flavours. The alcohol is present even with 10 years of ageing, but this gives it the required depth of flavour rather than burning the palate. Plums and sultanas are all amalgamated in to the mix. A beautiful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (13810) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2006 - Dark sugar, caramel, toffee, plum and a bit of raisin. Deep cloudy amber with no head. Molasses, toffee, raisin, chocolate and a caramel and booze finish. Very complex, no carbonation and very nice. Even in the small bottle, share it as it is a big beer. Vintage 2008 - Much more vibrant than 2006 with vinous notes and alcohol present. Different, but not better. Coloring is slightly lighter. Much like the nose the edges are more pronounced as is the alcohol. Again different but not better or worse. This is a great vertical as it shows how age mellows without really changing the taste profile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13752) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2004
(2003, bottle #13882) Clear, deep brown with trace of beige head. Aroma is sweet, strong caramel, butter, some vinous, trace of whiskey. Taste is sweet, caramel, vinous, honeydew, finishing with alcohol warming tinged with peat. Full body and oh so smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (13643) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Re-rate 5/15: Bottle shared at a tasting at Naamaís place. 2006 bottle. Brown color. Great aroma with oxidation, chocolate, cookies, nuts, caramelm, some dark fruits, tobacco and a bit of soy sauce. Sweet flavor with chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, soy sauce note, nuts, and a drier finish. Rounded mouthfeel. Still very good. 7/3/8/4/15=3.7

Bottle. Vintage 2006 - bottle #48065. A rather clear ruby color with no head. A quite vinous aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, a bit of plums, notes of wood and some alcohol. Very sweet and malty flavor with brown sugar and some dark fruits. Finishes on a drier note with very subdued notes of hops and a slight alcohol burn. Medium to full body. Surprisingly for such a sweet ale, it grew on me more and more with every sip. A very good and quite complex beer (even at this young age). Letís see how will this one do with some aging. 7/4/8/3/16=3.8

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13638) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Very vinius. Perfect sweet/biter flavor balance. NIce honey notes. Long fantastic finish. Creamy palate. Excellent BW.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2010
Cask at Rake, London. Colour; mahoganny, slightly murky, no head whatsoever. Nose; dried fruit, sweet malt, smokey. Taste; syrupy, dried figs, plums, wood, caramelised bananas, slight varnish, obvious alcohol, long finish. Complex, but sip slowly with caution.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13271) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
2007 bottle Q11560 from LCBO. A dark reddish brown ale with almost no head, off white, light carbonation. Aroma is pungent, caramel, molasses, with light licorice and cognac. In mouth, a sweet burned caramel with light lactic points, woody, chocolate and licorice. Warming alcohol warms you up. Very rich and heavy. A classic BW. Room temperature in chalice.


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