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: 1193   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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MiP (15973) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2017 2005 bottle, 11.7%. Very malty, peppery, creamy and roasted aroma, with some dried fruits. Quite complex aroma. Cloudy dark red/brown colour with a small light brown head. The flavour is very sweet. Has some sweet fruits, dried apricot. I sensed a little aroma hops at the beginning, but now they are gone. Very pleasant, peppery aftertaste. Low carbonation. 7 3 8 4 18

Bottle, 11.7%. Quite oxidized aroma. Clear dark brown colour. No head. The flavour is also oxidized, has a nice woody sourness. Tastes well-cellared, but very good. 8 3 8 3 17

bhensonb (15758) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle shared by Marcus. 2004 (#P78341). Aroma very like Loterbol Bruin, with perhaps a tinge of grape or raisin. Color is nicely brown with very little head. Near medium body with mild, mild carbonation. The flavor is vinous and mild darkish fruits. Very smooth finish - something like sherry. Delicious.

Scopey (15704) - 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.

Ratman197 (15364) - 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!

Borup (15345) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours ruby brown colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of alcohol, spice, caramel, malt, sugar and sherry.

imdownthepub (15332) - 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.

gunnfryd (15287) - 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.

DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 14, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2017 Re-rate 10/17: Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Vova. 2006 bottle. Dark brown. Cookies, caramel, fruits, nuts, chocolate, a bit of oxidation, rounded mouthfeel. Great. 8/3/8/4/16=3.9
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Stas. 2007 bottle. Brown. Caramel, fruitiness, some cookies, sweet, rounded mouthfeel. 7/3/8/4/15=3.7
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks David Cohen. 2005 bottle. Aged in a fridge. Clear red-amber. Toffee, caramel, butterscotch, fruitiness, some alcohol, brown sugar, honey, rounded mouthfeel. A lot sweeter than the other two. 7/3/7/4/15=3.6

Re-rate 5/15: Bottle shared at a tasting at Naama’s 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). Let’s see how will this one do with some aging. 7/4/8/3/16=3.8

Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle at Ølbaren - Thanks to Joergen. Clear deep red - no head (white edges). Prunes, sweet aroma. Taste: Caramel, dried fruits, high sweetness, liqueur, far too sweet.

Tmoney99 (14973) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle 2006 at Robbie’s 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.

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