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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)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

690 Ratings

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 76
Gots: 132 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-05-2004

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.
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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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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!

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Found this gem (2006 #P409372) in the Beer Bay shack of Central Pier 3 in Hong Kong. It was their last one. If you ever happen to stroll the piers of Hong Kong at night do not forget to get a beer at this unlikely place. The asian shopkeeper is knowledgeable too. Poured this in a plastic beaker.

No head, dark brown body, clear with tiny bubbles suspended moveless in the liquid.

While cold I got acetic, apple cider flavors and molasses. Later phenolic spicyness, umami, wineous port aroma

Heavy molasses sweetness, umami, port and some lifting sourness towards the end, incredibly little alcohol for its abv

Heavy body, almost sirupy, faint carbonation, warming alcohol

Very rich and complex, a great beer and a real sipper. Very unexpected to find this at such a place, sold out of a shack. Great experience to sit at the stairs of Pier 3 in Hong Kong looking at the lights of the skyskrapers on this National Chinese holiday.

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