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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
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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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mzwolinski

California

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

I’d had this a few times before at O’Briens pub, and remember it as being heavenly. Never had the opportunity to have a bottle to myself in the comfort and controlled atmosphere of my own home, though. I was looking forward to having the chance to really appreciate the beer on its own. A beer like this deserves pride of place.

Pours mahogany brown with just a thin halo of bubbly light tan carbonation. Some fine bubbles of carbonation visible when the glass is swirled, but not otherwise.

Alcohol quite noticeable in the aroma. Quite spicy, with an underlying fruity maltiness. Still, the alcohol is a bit overpowering here. Thankfully, the flavor is much kinder.

The first sip gives an impression of caramel, candy-like sweetness. The flavor picks up a bit of heat from the alcohol toward the middle, which increases as the beer sits. A bit too hot for its own good. Hops are present but understated. Somewhat herbal in character. Wow, the aftertaste on this is just amazing – a sort of gentle toffee flavor that gives just the perfect balance of light toastiness and sweetness in the malt.

Gentle carbonation gives this beer an easy mouthfeel – slightly coating on the tongue, but not so much as to be cloying.

All in all, not bad at all! But the alcohol is a bit too much for this brew at so young an age. I look forward to seeing what a year or two of maturity will do for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 04:17:59 | More by mzwolinski
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Stimack

New York

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Version of this Ale with the following markings. No. P 33133 Edition.

The brew poured to a brown color with some highlights of a rusty burgundy color with no real carbonation, as there is no head or lacing to speak of. The aromas of this brew are different, can notice dark fruit right away, like raisins and cherries while also sensing malt and strong alcohol scent. The first thing that I notice on my first sip past the scent of alcohol that this brew has a somewhat sweet taste to it as it seems to have a lot of brown sugar like qualities that mix quite well with a more burn than roasted malt property. Also notice a dark like fruit taste in here “with visions of sugar-plums dancing in my head” along with cherries and raisins. A quote strong, somewhat raw alcohol taste goes along with it. I wonder how much the alcohol aroma and taste will be tempered over age as it was a little intense, but not to over the top? This is a good brew and one that I will continue to get and age over the years.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 14:24:59 | More by Stimack
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Boto

Connecticut

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

2003 Vintage, #08491. This poured a fairly opaque mahogany color. There was about zero carbonation and head to it. Very fruity aroma. A complex mix, making it difficult to identify individual fruits. Almost floral also, with a twinge of alcohol evident. Quite the interesting flavor. Somewhat cognac-like. Sweet, but not overly so. Smooth, rich, fruity flavors. This is really nice. Perhaps I should buy a few and let them sit 5 years or so. They should improve nicely.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 18:43:52 | More by Boto
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kmcnair

California

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

2004 Vintage.

Pours a deep, dark redish brown hue, with a very subtle white head. Thick and viscous, syrupy consistency. Light grape wine nose, very floral. Flavor of raisins and figs, lots of dark fruit sweetness. This one is a sipper, but goes down easy. Very enjoyable brew, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 08:35:20 | More by kmcnair
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filabrazilia

Colorado

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

Pours an amber chesnut with a non-existent head--it's more like a tan ring around the perimeter of the glass. This is a very nice looking beer. When held to the light, the amber body glows like a glorious artful design.

The aroma is full of toffee, carmel, dried fruit and a faint note of alcohol. This is what I expected from this particular beer.

The flavor is slightly less impressive than the aroma but is no less pleasurable. The malts really assert themselves in the flavor and are like a rich dessert topping.

The mouthfeel is a little too strong for me but is still very good. It is thick and syrupy and definitely meant to be sipped slowly and savored. While only 8.5 ounces, this beverage drinks like 32 ounces. One will go a long way, as it should.

While not a beer to toss back, this is a fine example of the variety that one can find in the beer world. Sitting in a comfortable chair reading a book or sharing time with friends and family is a great way to enjoy this fine ale. This is a beer you want to sample on occasions when it can really be appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 00:47:14 | More by filabrazilia
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy medium brown amber with a head that was barely there and only thought about lacing the glass.

The aroma was intensely malty with sherry, fruits, floral, and caramel all complexly intermingled.

The flavor was sherry with a slight chocolate caramel and a very complex flavor that included fruits and a well accomplished bittering that kept the entire flavor from becoming cloying.

The finish was malty and lasting with a complexity of sherry. The body was full and viscous and the beer had a pleasant alcohol warming.

8.5 ounce bottle. 2004 vintage. 11.7% ABV. This was nice as a late vintage, I would think in a few years it will truly shine...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 21:35:42 | More by GCBrewingCo
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BlueMeanie

Connecticut

2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a nice orange copperish hue with a pillowy head. From what I can smell, it is quite nice. But that is where it ends. The beer has an extremely sweet syrupy taste with minimal amount of carbonation. There are hints or nuts and fruit, but it is overpowered by the sweetness. I don't think that I will be buying any more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 02:35:12 | More by BlueMeanie
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage. I wish I could get this type of beer (along with the JW Lees) on a regular basis. I waited three whole months to drink this (aging!). I was feeling a little sick, and decided that this would be my medicine. No head or lacing (to be expected). Deep ruby color, strong fruity fragrance. Deep and dark, warming and smooth. Good for anything that ails you! I followed this with the terrific Old Crustacean, and the Rogue absolutely paled in comparison. Worls class, all the way.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 03:39:38 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 8.5 oz bottle with a vintage date and bottle # on the label.

Appearance: Poor head retention, nearly burgundy with brown hues.

Smell: Ripe fruit, raisins come to mind for the most part. Big whiff of alcohol seems a tad mellow after a year of aging.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Virtually no carbonation yet the mouth feel is very creamy, lots of sweet malt with a touch of hops in the back. Ripe fruit all over with a yeasty back. Tropical fruit with a lazy alcoholic character in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Basically reminds me of a fresh JW Lees Harvest with out the hops yet not as complex. This is not the TH I remember …

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2004 03:30:29 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

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

Standard mini bottle, low carbonation, pours without any head, bubbles or lacing evident. Full throtle nose of oak, cloves,smoke, old cheesy feet. Full bodied and strong brew, nice soft mouthfeel, with notes of rum, vanilla, orange, over ripe fruits. Smooth and warming. Finishes with a nice malty sweatness. Classic winter sipper. Perfect for after thanksgiving meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 03:09:07 | More by Billolick
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HochFliegen

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow!
Poured this beer into my Thomas Hardy's Ale glass and was amazed by the deep ruby red hue. The smell just blew my senses away. It was sweet with a fruity, raisny and plum like scent. A slight hint of the 11% alcohol hit my nose as well. There seemed to be a touch of spice in the end. Im sure theres more that I just couldnt detect.
The first taste hit my taste buds with a sweet sherry/wine like flavor. Very full bodied, almost chewey. In the middle of the sip there was the presence of the 11% alcohol again but it was closely covered up by the sweet and slight bitter and spicy sensation. This beer was balanced so fine. I now know why I paid so much for this beer. It was a pleasure to sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 02:49:08 | More by HochFliegen
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tjd25

France

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003 # 02856

Quite excited to taste this brew on this anniversary day.
Half-an-inch head, fading slowly as tiny bubbles disappear like scintillating stars. The body shows a nice ruby to mahogany color, with a high yet peaceful level of carbonation. The flow of bubbles seems somehow slow motioned, as if they were getting glued in the brew.

The smell is a great representation of the style, with an appropriate level of winy or porto-like notes conjugated with hints of wood. A ripe fruitiness gets noticeable with light hints of citrus and a distinct yeast presence. Maybe some liquorice or some anise reach the nose too, completing this harmonious bouquet with a fresh chocolaty character.

The first sip of the brew was like a kiss on the lips, with the delicate softness of the everlasting head. The next sips are just intents to recreate this already out-of-reach tender and harmonious moment. This is the first time I fully understand Philippe Delerm’s “La première gorgée de bière”, in which is point is just that. Now I’m trapped trying to describe this first impression that I can’t experience again. The first aspect that comes to mind is the slightly sweet fruitiness that appeared, showing a hint of citrus and otherwise overripe peaches or apples, with a light feeling of pear on the tongue. This fruitiness is immediately associated with an intense yet appeasing alcohol presence that is reminiscent of a porto with character and that inspires respect. Dare I say I felt a little bit of grapefruit on the sides of my tongue? I do. Some spicy notes add a new facet to the initial fruitiness, pepper and salt stimulating the tip of the tongue. The finish puts the emphasis on the chocolaty aspect, dark choclate with roasted nuts.

The feeling in the mouth offered by this brew is all the more interesting as it is multi-faceted. The first encounter with the brew can be either seen as a kiss on the lips or as a fall in an ocean of silk that would overwhelm you for a second but bring you back on the surface and caress you. The next feeling I got was of some type of jam that would retain my attention and make me really patient in my enjoying this ale. Like successive waves of silk that reduce your pace and force you to look around, to really think about where you are. And then, finally, a strong and deep chocolate thickness, with a slightly oily hoppiness, chewy and pronounced, that let you know you’ve reached the end of the journey, and that it’s already time to look back for one more instant or to think about the future already.

Talking about drinkability seems somehow not adapted to this brew. The little bottle was just fine, and even reinforced me in my certainty that the brew deserved patience, contemplation and respect. I wouldn’t need to have another one now, but I feel like I need to experience this first sip impression again. I want to.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 23:32:29 | More by tjd25
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fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is 2003 vintage, bottle #O04971. It was a birthday gift from my brother-in-law, trbeer.

Coppery roan color, a bit cloudy. Almost no head to speak of.
Rich, enveloping, malty, brown sugary, slightly alcoholic, faintly cinnamon nose.

Huge flavor. Maple syrup, brown sugar, cotton candy. The sugariness bursts on the palate in a manner that reminds me of seafoam candy (aka Violet Crumble). Just a hint of bitterness, reminiscent of Campari, peeks out at the end. It is just barely effervescent.

This is a memorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 00:35:42 | More by fingolfin72
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep looking stained burgandy tone. A light and airy beige/light brown foam sits on top and is well retained. Lacing is moderately spotty. Nose is splendid. Cherry, fig, nuts, alcohol and malts. Richly malty and sweet in its flavor profile, this beer is balanced only by a bit of stinging alcohol and some alpha acid goodness. Not cloying, but very sweet. Sweet maple and brown sugar. Melons and cherries soaked in alcohol. Almonds and dates. The heat from the alcohol remains long after the swallow. But as a whole, it is integrated nicely into the flavor profile. Nice tasting indeed. The feel in the mouth is light and easy. Light-medium body. And just the slightest bit of prickliness from carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 03:28:39 | More by Bighuge
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2003 #15078

This poured out a reddish brown color with not much of a head only a random scattering of tan bubbles that quickly disappear. Aroma is hugely sweet with ripe dark fruits and malts with a touch of alcohol. The alcohol in the nose becomes more apparent the longer this one sits out. Keeping in line with the smell the taste is big in sweet fruity maltiness a little too much so. There was a molasses like flavor as well and light caramel notes that went nicely and a nice warming alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and creamy but hurts a little in the carbonation department. The only thing I have against the drinkability is that if it were a 12 oz bottle the sweetness might become too much by the end of the bottle. I am interested to see how the new 2003 edition will age and hopefully mellow the sweetness out a bit. Overall a great beer that I look forward to trying again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 13:18:14 | More by meathookjones
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sitbooboosit

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

beautiful auburn colour, slight head that disappears quickly. strong cherry/dark fruit aroma, almost pineapples? this beer is quite sweet and very malty, shockingly sweet. the mouthfeel is heavy and very syrupy which is not cut by any carbonation to balance it off. this beer was not what i expected. while i can see its appeal i found it far to sweet for my liking. perhaps a well aged example might be more enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 06:09:23 | More by sitbooboosit
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange to almond brown hue. Light off-white ring. Ridiculously sweet aroma. Very fruity at first sniff, cherry-like, woody currants, hot almond skin. Big malt base is almost agressively nutty on the palate. Extremely bold, samichlaus-like in its burnt almonds and grapey aspects combined with overpowered heat. Cloying harsh and fat finish. Huge syrupy body is not helped by very low carbonation. I don’t think I would like it yet 5 years from now and I think I’d have more interesting beers to bother keeping for 10yr or above.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 21:02:10 | More by Rastacouere
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2003 Bottle # 11800
Pours a light brown with strong ruby hues. A head about an 1/8 inch thick appears and leaves a decent lace. Notes are of dark fruits, fig, grapes, and plums mostly with some alcohol also noticeable. Intially this beer hits up front very smooth and creamy with a nice light carbonation. Malts start things off showing some light caramel and toffee, but are quickly followed by the dark fruit of figs, grapes, and almost a slight vanilla. This beer follows very sweet with yet more dark fruit flavors and more sugary sweetness, also some raisin notes in there. A strong warm bourbony alcohol finishes the beer leaving this to be a kicking old ale. Overall this beer is a smooth explosion on the pallate that makes it a classic of the style.

1974 Vintage Bottle D #7915 March

Pours a deep chestnut color with amber hues. There is absolutely no head present in this beer as it looks to be completely flat. Aromas are overwhelmingly powerful for this beer being over 30 years old. Tones of toffee, plum, figs, caramels, a hint of vanilla, some oak, and a warming alcohol presence show off why this brew is a classic. The initial flavors to this brew depict strong tones of toffee and caramels that intermingle in the most beautiful way. Unlike the harshness that comes from a fresh bottle of this brew the flavors are much more rounded out and really work perfectly together. Following the toffee notes there are hints of roast in the profile along with a mix of dark fruits such as figs, plums, and an almost prune like quality. Along with these vast flavors there are also tones of deep roasty expresso, and just a slight hint of chocolate. The finish of this beer brings up yet more roasty flavors that are mixed with black sambuca flavored expresso beans.
The mouthfeel for this beer is absolutely splendid with a nice creamy texture to it and a medium body. If I was able to review this brew under the retired reviews this would easily be my number one beer on my list.. Simply Fantastic


Appearance: 4.0
Aromas: 4.5
Flavor: 5.0
Mouthfeel: 5.0
Drinkability: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 17:49:24 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 #014892

This beer poured a tiny tan head that died almost immediately. But at 11.7% not surprised. The body was a translucently hazy dark tan/light brown.

The nose was wonderful. Sweet, cookie dough type malt smell, raisins, alcohol, sugar, bread, chocolate, plums, juice and some more cook dough. Simply put, it was an ambrosial strong ale smell.

The taste was very thick and heavy. A mix of molasses, brown sugar, a dark burnt caramel, raisins and plums. It tasted like homemade caramel, toffee or other candy. Also there’s a firm port wine taste. Simply beautiful.

Simply a fantastic strong ale. Huge, malty, sweet and oh so yummy.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 09:20:16 | More by taez555
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WesWes

New York

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy rub red color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is awesome. It has a very sweet malt scent with a warm alcohol aroma. It is very rich with crystal malts. The taste is very good. It has a rich malt flavor that is very sweet to the lips and warms on the finish. It has a fruity taste with a tart aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love the flavor and the aroma; a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 01:29:26 | More by WesWes
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Gusler

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #14936 Release 2003
The beer as it’s retrieval from the 8.5 ounce brown bottle pours a beclouded rusty brown color, the head is almost non-existent, as is the lace. Nose is that of very, very ripe fruit, plums and apples comes to mind, a hint of yeast and fusel alcohol also reside in this nose, as for the start it is cotton candy sweet, the malt pleasant and the top light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is benign in its carbonation; the hops along with the alcohol produce a nice bitter sweet ending and dry ending to this much anticipated beer. I’m sure it won’t be everybody’s bottle of beer, so if you don’t want yours, sent it to “Old Gusler”, as you know he will drink anything once, as in malted beverages.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 18:44:02 | More by Gusler
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thomas Hardy had been a favorite of mine since way back when. I couldn’t wait to try this when I heard that O’Hanlon’s was taking up the beer. So, I bought a number of bottles when they hit the shelves and just waited for the right time to finally open one.
2003 Edition, Bottle No. 09905.
The beer pours a clear, deep, orange-tinged mahogany color. The head is initially thin, off-white/tan, and blanketing, but quickly disappears…the beer becomes notably still.
The aroma is spectacular. Alcohol provides a backdrop to a marvelous mix of meaty fruit and buckets of malt richness. Roasted and grainy smells mix with hops and molasses-like sweetness.
The taste is mouth-coating (mouth-enveloping?)…the intenseness of the smell transfers into the taste. Forceful sweetness and maltiness with a restrained bitterness for balance. Caramel and spice and port. The warming is instant and pleasing, with no misplaced alcohol hotness. The flavors really form a terrific harmony. The taste lingers in your mouth for several minutes (not moments) after each sip. Thick and oily. It’s amazing.
This beer is a masterpiece, and worth the wait. I’m anxious to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 17:53:12 | More by Suds
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cbl2

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Capped in gold foil with a medal depicting Thomas Hardy's profile. Pours fairly still, an opaque orange brown with the faintest white head that settles rapidly.

Smell:
Diacetyl, muscat grapes. Not too distinctive.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Absolutely sublime. Too smooth for words, very viscous in the mouth, with a vinous sweetness that nicely masks the alcohol content. Can't wait to see how this improves with age (can cellar for 26 years!)

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 15:04:23 | More by cbl2
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genaro

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hardy Ale 2003 was well presented in a numbered 8.5 ounce bottle. There was a plastic medallion suspended from the neck bearing the silhouette of TH himself. This was the first Thomas Hardy I've had in several years that wasn't cellared and I was really looking forward to it. I was not disappointed.
It poured a cloudy brown color with traces of gold in the light. It had a large bubbled head that slowly disappeared. There was no lace.
The fruity aroma contained elements of figs, apples, and toffee. The full, smooth taste was brandy-like and fruity (figs and apples). Toffee, yeastiness, and alcohol were well represented. There was also a decent bite to it. The chewy finish was fruity with a dry sweetness.
This is an excellent, very drinkable, well-crafted beer. It's worth looking for and paying the price. Great to have it back.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 01:35:32 | More by genaro
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 edition:
I finally had this after eyeing it in my cellar for the past few months and I was not let down in the least! This is simply a tremendous beer that rivals any other beer I have ever tried. The nose hits me instantly after I open it. Strong flavors attack my sense of port wine, raisins, figs, cherries (increasingly becoming tartier) peppery spices hit me and a roasted hops precense along with a woody hop precense comes through. Man oh man that was intense. This beer has an opaque dark copper color with burgundy highlights and a small fizzy tan head that fads quickly. The taste is quite intense as well. I do notice the alcohol but it doesnt seem to be the 11.9% it says it is on the bottle. Very sweet malty sensations overload my tongue. There's a syrupy quality to this along with a grapelike touch. Honey comes through towards the end. Peppery spices combine with alcohol show more in the finish. The hops are there and offset the sweetness a bit and add a great deal of flavor as well in a woody, earthy element. The finish is bourbon like and stays in my mouth, i continue to breathe the bourbon intensity. The mouthfeel is very thick and oily which coats my mouth and causes the bourbon sensation to last. This beer is simply amazing and in a category by itself. I could see this aging however and becoming quite remarkeable. The depth of flavors and blending of taste characteristics could improve, which is a scary thought considering how amazing it is now. I need to age some of this, but I don't know if I could have the patience. Plus the price is a little much for me to buy too many of these. But I for sure will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 17:52:08 | More by granger10
Thomas Hardy's Ale (2003-2008) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.