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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

669 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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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)
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8.5 FL OZ Bottle, year 2005, P48388.

After the excess of New Years Eve I thought I'd slow down a bit and have a couple of beers to savour. I've been saving this for a rainy day and on 1st Jan 2014 it's honking down in Shropshire.

Poured into a Chimay chalice it produced no head and looked very Port like, a lot of Port actually.

The aroma and taste are so 'un-beer': Sherry and Port more than a Barley Wine, sweet, very sweet. Reminded me of that uber sweet Cypriot Commandaria St John I used to gulp years ago.

A lovely 1st beer of 2014.

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I've had a couple of four packs of these for a couple of years now. Been feeling bummed out lately so I figured "why not?" The bottle I enjoyed is from 2006, no. P8030. The bottle comes complete with gold foil and a round penant strung around it. It looks like a serious ale and I was not let down.

The ale pours a dark brown with very little froth. As the beer slowly but surely descends towards the bottom of the glass there is a slight but steady film of bubbles.

It sure smells boozy with a hint of sourness.

The woody and sour characteristics explode in the taste. I haven't tasted an ale like this in some time. Takes some getting used to but I like it. This is a sipper, as intended.

Overall? I love it. How can you not? I had a few of these about 5 years ago when I lived in CT but I don't remember it having the sour character. Maybe this bottle aged differently? I like it anyway. It tastes like a Barleywine but much much smoother, no hop flavor and sour to point of being almost tangy.

Glad I finally tried one of these. Feel better already!

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Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.