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

Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008)Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

648 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.11%


Brewed by:
O'Hanlon's Brewing Co. Ltd. visit their website
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)
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2007 vintage, No. P07635, 11.7% ABV. 8.5oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: No head at all. Deep brown with some hints of orange when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet, boozy, buttery toffee, maybe just some hints of solvent in there. Definite soy sauce smell as it warms up.

Taste: Rich buttery toffee, definite licorice taste, mild medicinal bitter flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: I think this is completely flat, or if there is any carbonation in there, it's very well hidden. Mouthfeel otherwise is a bit syrupy and thick with a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm....the cap when cracked open let off no hiss, so I wonder if this went flat awhile ago. Maybe past it's prime and the lack of carbonation made it hard to finish this to the point that I think I only finished half of it and then I let it go. Maybe long ago this beer was "the" old ale, but now 4.5 to 5 years later, this particular bottle did not hold up well. Oh well, worth a try I suppose. Not every beer can age well.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:51:28 | More by damndirtyape
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Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon's Brewing Co. Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.