1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.

Not Rated.
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008)Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

669 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 669
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 75
Gots: 119 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

O'Hanlon's took over the brand and revived it in 2003, but discontinued it after the 2008 batch.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2004)
View: Beers (10) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 669 | Reviews: 541 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by NorCalYeti:
Photo of NorCalYeti


4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2004 vintage, bottle #82808

taste- maple syrup, caramel, cinnamon stick, brininess, applewood smokiness, madeira flavors in the finish

color- oily deep copper color with a ruby center and golden ring around the edges

clarity- pours clear with medium darkness

smell- apple, caramel, leather, barnyard

body- syrupy, most of the weight is in the center of the palate, short, restrained finish

appearance- oily-looking...no carbonation after the initial pour that yielded a white foamy ring

overall impression- really glad to see this beer is very drinkable after this many years. i've had older vintages that aren't as enjoyable but still good for what they are. i'm liking this amount of age. i have more in the cellar for further experimentation...yay for me

notes and comments- a hint of carbonation when first opened, flavors and body remind me of a barleywine, beer stayed together with a faint trace of sediment suspended in the glass...otherwise a thin paste on the bottom of the bottle. alcohol is still present and very well masked

beer spy- bottle barn several years ago, santa rosa ca, 2004, 8.5oz (25cl)

glassware: tulip

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:08:52 | More by NorCalYeti
More User Reviews:
Photo of Hugonaut13


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-18-2014 14:04:31 | More by Hugonaut13
Photo of brother_kenneth


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-16-2014 23:45:00 | More by brother_kenneth
Photo of MisterE


3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2005 vintage 11.7% ABV 8.5 oz bottle #P 37773 - a gift from a friend, poured carefully (as per instructions on back label) into a 12 oz tulip glass

A: flat medium brown with no head, no bubbles

S: dark dry fruit - raisins, figs, and earthly sweetness

T: strong and sweet with suggestion of bitter, burnt malts and alcohol

M: smooth, almost syrupy, with no carbonation; only alcohol to tickle the tongue

O: unusual and robust, but not one I'd order myself

This beer reminds me more of a port wine than an old ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 22:39:19 | More by MisterE
Photo of Jeffrey2310


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-09-2014 14:33:42 | More by Jeffrey2310
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

07-08-2014 00:52:48 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-06-2014 02:32:10 | More by liamt07
Photo of jmdrpi


4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, drank in summer 2014. No. T 16229, 8.5 oz bottle. poured into snifter glass at cellar temperature. poured slow to avoid the thick layer of sediment.

into the glass a clear dark copper color, with bright ruby highlights. but really no head whatsoever. just tiny bubbles stream to the surface. nice malty aroma, very much like raisins, figs, toffee, a bit sweet. taste is actually not not that sweet - starts with those same malty flavors, then finishes a bit earthy. mild carbonation, thicker sticky body. appropriate for the style.

overall - very glad I got to try this legendary beer, even if it wasn't the original edition. but I like the JW Lees better in terms of the big name English barleywine/old ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 03:39:48 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of Zachariah1978


3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-22-2014 03:39:06 | More by Zachariah1978
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2007 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head. Mostly clear brown body with large chunks floating in it.

Smell - Whoa, oxidation. Sherry and brown sugar. Raisins and figs.

Taste - Kinda cardboardy but otherwise great. Not as sweet as I expected. Lots of raisins. Slightly bitter in the back to balance it.

Mouthfeel - Oxidized, but not too much. Low carbonation and surprisingly low sweetness.

Overall - Very nice. The oxidation adds more than it detracts.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 20:14:12 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of DefenCorps


4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2003 vintage, that John gave me a few years back. Thank you, John.

Pouring a dark brown with no head, lacing or retention but with gorgeous clarity and nice legs, this looks great. The nose is stunning. A beautiful blend of smoke and sherry with accents of brown sugar, toffee and leather, this is deep and complex. The palate opens full in body and soft in carbonation with tons of sherry and some smoke, a blend of earth, leather and burnt sugar. A long, sweet finish has lingering smoke and sherry, this is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 05:55:33 | More by DefenCorps


4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

06-06-2014 15:58:41 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-01-2014 16:23:59 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of JLeet


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-30-2014 16:25:12 | More by JLeet
Photo of osuskin


4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-26-2014 22:34:15 | More by osuskin
Photo of afsdan


4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

05-22-2014 03:23:59 | More by afsdan
Photo of Russf3181

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-13-2014 01:18:05 | More by Russf3181
Photo of dleiner

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

05-09-2014 23:00:52 | More by dleiner
Photo of DIPAFAN

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

05-09-2014 19:18:11 | More by DIPAFAN
Photo of JohnnieNepal


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-07-2014 14:56:44 | More by JohnnieNepal
Photo of BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-30-2014 23:05:51 | More by BeerBucks
Photo of mhaugo


4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

8.5oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 11.7% ABV. 2008 vintage. Bottle No. T 27791. Served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Deep crimson red with a thin ring of beige foam. Brilliantly clear, but sporting a few floaters here and there. They must have come with the aggressive pour (4/5).

Aroma: Figs and dates. Brown sugar and molasses. A little earthiness and wood, that is followed by a hint of soy sauce. Very interesting and inviting (4.5/5).

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, molasses, raisins, figs, and dates up front. There is an aged mango flavor in the background. Maybe some vanilla as well. It also has some port or sherry-like characters. I suppose the latter is from age (six years at time of consumption). Overall it is an incredible beer. I am very lucky to have found a bottle (5/5).

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy. Full body and light carbonation (5/5).

Overall: I absolutely loved this beer, and want to thank the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Atlanta for building such an incredible cellar. It sounds like the brand is trying to be revived again, so I'll be keeping an eye out for new vintages (4.75/5).

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 05:00:46 | More by mhaugo
Photo of MikeCactusGordon


4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-14-2014 16:54:49 | More by MikeCactusGordon
Photo of Prost76

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-08-2014 01:11:08 | More by Prost76
Photo of yummybeer


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

04-06-2014 04:14:53 | More by yummybeer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.