Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) - O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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United Kingdom (England)
4.64/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 21:40:24 | More by BlackHaddock
4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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!
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2013 00:33:45 | More by Puttenham
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
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