Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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3.81/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
07-12-2014 22:39:19 | More by MisterE
4.19/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-05-2014 03:39:48 | More by jmdrpi
3.88/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-15-2014 20:14:12 | More by Alieniloquium
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
06-08-2014 05:55:33 | More by DefenCorps
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
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).
04-19-2014 05:00:46 | More by mhaugo
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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