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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

669 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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ypsifly

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2003 No. O 15020, poured into a pint glass.

Deep brown with no head or carbonation.

Plums, figs, raisins, caramel, and warm alcohol make up the nose. Has a slight nutty aroma. Overall vinous character.

Strong flavors of mixed dark fruits followed by a quick change into earth and a peppery malt finish. The ingering aftertaste is somewhat astringent on my tongue. Very full mouthfeel that is oily and chewy, but in a good way. A sipper for sure, although its easy to drink a bottle quickly as you keep sipping and trying to nail down all the nuances.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 05:17:02 | More by ypsifly
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 version. 8.5 ounce bottle. I've been considering buying Thomas Hardy Ale for about 2 years, but never had the courage to spend $6 for the tiny 8.5 ounce bottle until now. The bottle gushed a bit when I opened it, and after several minutes of waiting, I poured it. This was followed by several more minutes of waiting for the head to die down about. Finally, time to sample this famous beer. No, still too cold. Better wait a few more minutes. This beer has a impenetrable dark brown color. After 20 minutes in the glass, it still had a nice head. The aroma is apples, toffee, and figs. Very sweet malty flavor. There is an alcoholic bite to the flavor. Apple fruitiness. Not too much hopiness. Mouthfeel is creamy. This is a good beer, but there are other similar beers that are better.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 20:49:01 | More by beveragecaptain
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 1996: My jaw dropped when I saw this tonight at the local shop. There was a slight hiss as I opened this legendary brew. I poured it into a tulip. It is totally still, and is a deep ruby color. The smell is of port, sherry, tobacco, and wood. This is extremely complex.

The taste is good. It is of port and sherry first. There is a woody bite at the finish. Methinks this has yet to turn that corner from sugary to malty sweet. Do not misunderstand, this tastes great, but I think the best is yet to come. The mouthfeel is heavy, yet this flows down my gullet much more easily than a CA Cabernet, but not quite like a J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. Harvest Ale is the only beer that I have had that could possibly compare with this one. Otherwise, substitute this for a fine port or cognac. I will age my other specimens from this vintage a little longer. Or a lot longer. This is superb with my Romeo Y Julieta cigar. My new review reflects a more recent tasting, and it was paired with the mentioned cigar.

2003 Edition: If anyone has ever had the privilege of viewing a Les Paul with a tobacco sunburst finish, this is pretty close to that in terms of looks. It smells more of ripe fruit than the 96.

The taste is of port and sherry, as usual, but it is definitely young. This will be superb in about ten years. It is superb now, IMO. The mouthfeel is medium, but coating. I give the drinkability a 5, as I appreciate this beer more with every bottle that I imbibe.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 03:37:42 | More by Sephiroth
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005, sampled on 11/10/07

Still a young, old ale but I can't hold off. The beer is still outstanding, showing a huge lift of fruitcake and rum flavors. A hightened level of sherry, brandy, and wood aging is evident. But with lighter carbonation, the beer seems a bit flat. Still viscous, smooth, and round and with a touch of soy sauce in the finish. Quite good, but the flavors will continue to come around with more aging.

Most impressed by this one. Quite peculiar and spectacular.
Aroma: sweet, fruity, and mildly alcoholic. No hop aroma. Almost brandy-like.
Appearance: colors of coppers and orange. Lacking head retention, but not a disapointment. Leaves oily lace on glass, probably from higher alcohol.
Taste: abundance of dark fruit flavors-plumb/prune, raisons, a bit of cherries. Also sweetness tastes of molassas, brown sugar, or a little licorice. No bitterness, no bite. The experience at the nose transforms effortlessly through the finish. finishes sweet and not too dry. finish is warming and slight taste of cough syrup.
Aftertaste: Incredibly smooth. Lingering. subtle.
Impression: syrupy, silky, a pleasure to drink. May substitute nicely for a port wine or a mild brandy for an after dinner desert.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 03:03:12 | More by BEERchitect
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage. Thomas Hardy's is an attractive plum color with no head whatsoever. The aroma is very rich and full. Smell is of dark fruits and seems very wine-like. The taste is also very rich, strong, and full-flavored. Sip starts with dark fruit tastes, plum-like, then is joined by a sharp, tangy bite. Wine-like flavors are noted throughout and are joined in the finish by a mild alcohol taste. This is very rich and strong, I'd probably only want one of these at a time. Recommended as a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 02:01:31 | More by Gagnonsux
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thomas Hardy's Ale

2004 No. P 38485 edition

Appearance- light hazel brown with no head. Looks like flat coke.
Smell- sweet prune, cherry, and raisins. Slight alcohol detected.
Taste- Too too sweet. Strong Fig, Raisin, and Prune flavor with a sickening amount of sugar. Not as much alcohol detected as I thought ( being 11.7% its rather weak.)
Mouthfeel- warm and sugary, no bitterness but a cough syrup aftertaste.

Overall- An Ale that tastes like a bad wine. Maybe a sip or two for dessert but otherwise all hype not worth it!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 21:23:35 | More by NJpadreFan
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noclue

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 8.5oz bottle served in tulip/snifter. Nifty year bottle # on label. Mine was 2004 No. P 09477

Appearance: Hazy brown. Small weak head. Leaves oily lacing on glass.

Smell: Fig. Raisin. Enticing. NICE!

Taste: Sweet ripe fruit. Raisin. Fig. Strong alcoholic bite in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Tingles palate.

Drinkability/Overall: Pleasure to drink. This is one of the best beers i've reviewed.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 03:50:49 | More by noclue
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerResearcher for the tip on locating a 4 pack of these in Quincy, MA.
A very classy bottle...marked 2004 No. P07997 Edition.
Pours a murky, dark brown w/ the head peaking out of the bottle before I can pour. A nice full finger of sudsy, tan head which goes nowhere. No lacing present.
Aroma is fantastic...sweet figs, raisins, cherries and vanilla....no alcohol detected in the nose. The most scented bouquet I have experienced in my very limited reviews.
Taste is over the top...all of the above scents are also apparent in the flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, but not cloying. I actually prefer a tad less carbonation in the style...my only complaint.
Can't say drinkability is high...I will be savoring this one for a little bit. Glad I went out and picked this one up...a very unique brew and I can see why so many search it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 23:12:53 | More by warriorsoul
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carln26

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper to brown color, slightly hazy with a thick tan colored head that receded quickly into the glass. The nose is a complex mixture of bread dough, figs, dates, mild whisky with a hint of grapefruit rind. It compares favorably with a complex barleywine. The taste is has more depth than a barley wine. There is a pronounced sweetness up front with a little of the bourbon character. A little vanilla follows with a definite tartness, some citrus from the hops. This has as many layers in the flavor as it does in the nose. A rich, full mouth feel, and lack of any alcohol bite adds to a great drinkability. This beer would (and does) age forever. Nice selection.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 14:29:40 | More by carln26
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The reviewed beer was a 2003 vintage reviewed in 2005.

The beer poured a deep brown/red with very mild carbonation at first that faded to a slight lacing around the chalise it was poured in.

Very malty taste, with alcohol hiiting you at the end. Lots of flavors hit your tastebuds in the middle, but the malt and sweetness are predominate. Almost thick in character, and sweet tasting. Not at all bad, but not a beer that I would want to drink many of in one sitting. A very good beer for warming up on a cold day or as a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 02:43:33 | More by gotbeer
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jonnylieberman

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely flat into my tulip. three dozen bubbles for three seconds and then settles away in to nothing. Fascinating color, simoltaneously copper, red, brown, yellow and from certain angles purples. Quite clear, but with just enough haziness to make it intriguing. It's doing that thing that wine does when it ages where there is a light colored lip around the edges.

Smell: briny, earthy, chocolate and darker fruits. Some licorice, too. Alcohol is much more apparent in the nose than when I drank this two years ago. Some fresh bread scents come off as well, dark jelly.

The alcohol with the sweet is quite nice. Almost like a schnapps. Warming as all get out--almost savory like a nice piece of fillet. Surprisingly spicey, something I do not remember from my previous tasting. Alcohol is quite prominant, but not dominant. Not a "WOW!" beer, but very relaxing. Warms your entire trunk.

Mouthfeel is magnificent. Again, like a thin syrup. Coats every part of your mouth and l i n g e r s.

Overall: quite a nice surprise. I was ego-browsing my reviews here on BA and I noticed I mentioned that I had a few bottles tucked away. I had plum forgotten. The beer has definately become more complex with time. Can't wait to try the next one in 2007!

Bottle # 17516 from the 2003 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 06:48:51 | More by jonnylieberman
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this ale a few times at this point, and so I've decided to pair it with grilled steak and potatoes, with Lea & Perrins steak sauce for dipping. All the flavors complement each other nicely.

Pours with a vigorous head that at first it looks like an IPA. It tapers down to almost nothing but the condition of this particular bottle is remarkably good. The color is a deep dark reddish-brown with ruby highlights.

There is hops in the nose as well as wood and candied fruit. In the flavor there are black cherries and toast. It starts off sweet and ends with a tart, puckering kick.

The drinkability is good because a beer that comes in a 8.5 fl. oz. bottle and can still satisfy with just one serving is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 04:10:11 | More by MrSeth
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 version stored in basement for two years. Dark burgandy in color, with an off white 1/4" head that quickly falls to surface bubbles. No visible carbonation. The aroma is of strong alcohol with a touch of caramel.

The flavor is dominated by very sweet malts and alcohol. Caramel, prunes, and pepper round it out. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly syrupy. Thick bodied. Strong alcohol finish. A nice brew for a cold damp rainy night or an after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 11:57:44 | More by Gavage
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horndecker

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a bottle of the 2004, though it may be a bit early for it yet. Still, some enjoyment is meant to be had from a bottle so young. The other three are in the back of my closet.
It pours out clear and intense; reddish brown tinged with cherry; little or no head, but some lacing. Carbonation is present but not readily apparent, and not expected. Still, it has a liquerish beauty.
There is a tangy citrus nose; black cherries, walnuts, leather and oranges. It's a bit of a riot, actually. Pleasant and interesting, but all over the place and disconnected.
The first taste is a big burst of fruit; yeast and round sweet malt flavors. A little bittering prescence at the end, all with a glycerine, silky mouthfeel and an alcoholic tingle at the back of the throat. Pretty satisfying.
An enthusiastic ale, and a pleasure to drink even now. Looking forward to those other bottles when the time comes.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 14:39:56 | More by horndecker
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vinatge

Appearence: Pours a glowing brown with a thin bubbly beige head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly alcoholic, almost like an unbalanced brandy of sorts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is incredibly malty and juicy with an incredible balance for such a fresh Old Ale. It ends a little funny, with a medicine-like quality that lingers for a bit. The alcohol warms the belly quickly. The mouthfeel is incredibly full and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is definitly a sipping beer. I'm sure in a few years this will be wonderful, but it's still a little too young for me. I have one in the cellar, I just figured I'd try one now. Not bad at all, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 04:12:56 | More by santoslhalper
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a magnificent beer! After sampling some older vintages from the early 90's, I feel as though this beer admirably carries the Thomas Hardy's torch, even though it is no longer brewed by Pope. Pours a dark ruby brown with a little fizzyness but no real head from the 8.5oz bottle. Very quaffable, lots of malt and alcohol present in the nose. Taste...where to begin. A very complex beer, definitely on the sweet side. An intense malty sweetness gives way to notes of chocolate, port wine, ripe fruits and a merriad of other things I can't place. Mouthfeel is very rich, drink this in small sips and savor. Quite drinkable for 11.5% ABV, though 8.5oz is enough for one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 22:00:57 | More by ChrisBowers
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stjarnflikka

Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2004 edition, P00175

Cork comes off with no "pop". Pours a dead, read and brown beer with no carbonation and no head what so ever. Getting me a little worried here. Nice colours in there anyway.

Smell is faint malts, alcohol and strong fruity and syrupy traces. Apples are there together with some sourness and syrup. Strong alcohol dominates this.

Comes on tongue alcoholy. Some oak in there at first with a "thick" feel to it. Some sourness with a fruity sweetness. Apples are present here as well together with heavy sweet cherries and perhaps some sweet oranges. Very present alcohol in this together with a syrupy feel. Finishes quite strong, alcohol and a somewhat dry feel.

A bit to sweet for me, no carbonation either made me nervous. Not my beer exactly, but i have 4 more bottles that ill store and try at a later time to re-review.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 21:15:04 | More by stjarnflikka
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.5 oz bottle with a Thomas Hardy medialion on a string, around the neck. 2004 vintage, No. P25716 I've seen 20 and 30 year vintages of this one on Ebay, and I've read about how well this ages. I'm over 50 years old, so I'm not going to age this bottle more than the three weeks since I purchased it at the Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Va. This "young" Old Ale pours into a tulip glass a clear, dark ruby amber body with a tiny offwhite head. Some delicate patch lacing persists for 15-20 minutes before disappearing. Aroma begins with vinous white wine and white grapes, followed by toffee and molasses maltiness that is politely subdued. McIntosh apples and Bosc pears appear midway through.
Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not cloying. Coating in the manner of a full bodied strong old ale. An ideal feeling on the palate that is impossible to describe.
Taste features a high quality malt component of rum soaked toffee and cognac infused McIntosh apples. Peppery alcohol folds into the malt profile in a wizardly manner. The big alcohol can't hide forever, but the tart apple character reappears at the finish to tuck it back inside the toffee malts, resulting in one hell of a finish. An extremely rewarding experience to sample this young legend. Geeez! I think I will check out Ebay, and see how the 20-30 year old vintages are doing. This is highly drinkable, even when young. Worthy of its hype!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 02:36:39 | More by merlin48
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Padron4KM

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 edition # p09399.

Pours out a rich mahogany, with a 1/2" reddish brown creamy head.

Head settles to a thin thin cap rather quickly and leaves no lace.
Aroma is rich. Malty, plummy, rum, caramel, brown sugar, faint wisp of alcohol.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Flavor is equally rich, but not quite mature yet. Like a young cigar the flavors are there and balanced, but not quite "married" yet.
sweet, malty with some bitting hops, some spice, some caramel, prunes, warming alcohol at the end.

I Will be cellering a couple of bottles of this to see how they age.

I drank this one by itself, but it would be a perfect companion for a Fuente Don Carlos no. 4, a La Flor Dominicana 2000 series El Jocko (or a no. 4) or a Romeo y Julieta en tubo petite no 2. As for a cuban variety maybe a Romeo cedros deluxe no 2.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 04:54:01 | More by Padron4KM
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dusted off the daguerreotype prints with this one on 1/27/2005 after a spell of the flu. 8.5 fl. oz. bottle poured in a shaker.

Prominent inch-plus plume of meaty, full carbonation. Glowing red/orange/grapefruit hue with just a frisson of haze, but plenty of constant bubbling ascending to freedom. Puckering prune and crab apple gone over tart on nose with sour watermelon jolly rancher sweetness. A sweet and sour vinous flavor almost dominates, but a plump malt and somewhat woody character as taming characters in this theater of the alesurd. Because of the rather pronounced alcohol, which hits at the end, the serving size for this one is entirely appropriate. Good, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 15:10:39 | More by Truh
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber color, it is topped by a thinnish tan to pale brown head. The aroma is rich and heady with notes of brandy, toffee, butterscotch, caramel. The aroma is quite heady and interesting.

The taste is fresh and hoppy with notes of pine, a hint of citrus, and of course rich malty notes of caramel, toffee, and lightly toasty biscuits. This is quite tasty fresh, it has been so long since I had a non-aged version of this that I forgot how fresh and pungent this is when it is brash and young. This is quite tasty, and I really like the sweet toffee, malted candy notes that dominate this beer right now, and there is a nice balancing hoppy bitterness in the finish. As it warms up a bit a little soothing note of warming alcohol starts to tickle my throat, perhaps accentuating notes of rum and brandy.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 05:23:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Forcefully poured into American Pint Glass)
2003 Vintage
Appearance: Hazy nut brown color with a faint membrane of bubbles as a head

Smell: Very strong malty sweetness with a little nutty caramel aroma

Taste: a short sweet maltyness followed by a warm alcohol taste. It has a bit of an oxidative bitterness then more of a light hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel- very few and tiny bubbles but it has a thick almost chewy body with a warm alcohol finish on the lips.

Drinkability: This is a big beer in a little bottle lots of malt and alcohol warmth with just a bit of hops to round off the rough edge. I nice beer to sip on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 02:03:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...Go Pats...I am drinking this as I celebrate another great SuperBowl. Dark red amber ..minimal head and decent lacing. Smell is raisins, molasses, malt...exquisite blend! Taswte is a smooth delectable combination of raisins, malt and molasses. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy...bu smoooth. Good drinkability for such a strong brew...a real celebartion ale!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 03:26:01 | More by edchicma
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CortexBomb

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Series O.

Pours what I would call standard for old ale, dirty brown with a wisp of head which quickly dissipated down to a ring.

Scent was strong on the malts, almost doppelbockish like to some extent, but then paired that with some raisin like tones and a definite strong alcohol aspect. Again, I consider this classic old ale on the nose.

Remarkable initial flavour, an almost muted sweet tone, very reminiscent of molasses and brown sugar with figs, most definitely figs, almost the seeds if I can remember them correctly. The flavour is not muted as in not strong, muted as in distinct. Very different in comparison with the normal sweet tone that I think of with old ale. Malts hanging around in abundance, but not chocolate-like per se, just some memories of it. Alcohol flavour is there, especially on the after, but it doesn't dominate. Almost a port like aspect to this too! Really remarkable.

Mouthfeel is full and oily, clings to your cheeks and offers just what I'm looking for in an old ale while the drinkability is downright insane, I would never guess the content on this (maybe just shows my acclimation to heavy beers) and it is a little too easy to keep on sipping. Wonderful.

Overall, I wish I hadn't waited so long to try this stuff. A distinct and flavourful old ale offering that I would love to have in my snifter any cool winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 00:42:41 | More by CortexBomb
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BCMan

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my 1st experience with the new Thomas Hardy's Ale and I've never has the pleasure of the original. I must admit that I did not go into this with an open mind and I fully expect to not really enjoy this beer. This entry will be based on 2003 bottle No. O 03144.

Mr. Hardy poured up a dark caramel brown and generated little to no foam. Only a slight ring around the glass. Swirling in the glass shows that this beer has "legs" which I guess is more of a wine term and interestingly enough, after a quick smell, my wife thought it smelled like wine. The nose is sweet with the presence of alcohol. The flavor is like a heavy syrup. Overly sweet and and reminiscient of a pancake breakfast. The mouthfeel is thick or some might say smooth. After taste make me more thirsty but for something to cut the beer with.

I know this beer is highly reguarded by many and thought to be over rated by some but I'm stuck some where between both. I can see why it's guarded gelously by some and thought to be too hyped by others. I also know that it's meant to improve with age. For this reason I purchased 2 bottles. One went in the fridge while the other went in the cellar. We'll see what a couple of years does to change this new classic. For now I'll stick to my more reasonable stock and revisit Thomas the legend on another night.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 01:51:29 | More by BCMan
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.