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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

680 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 76
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
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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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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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).

mhaugo, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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yummybeer, Apr 06, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2007 bottle (06784) Birthday beer!

Appearance: It has a nice ruby/deep amber color to it. It has almost no head and leaves next to no lacing

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plenty of raisins and figs), a tone of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, slight vanilla and molasses. Wow this thing smells great.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some dark fruit (sweet raisins and figs - almost tart) caramel/toffee, sweet brown sugar and molasses. Yummm!

Mouthfeel: It has a very low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

SebD, Mar 26, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 01, 2014
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Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.