Thomas Hardy's Ale (1968-1999) | O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.

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212 Ratings
Thomas Hardy's Ale (1968-1999)Thomas Hardy's Ale (1968-1999)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This entry is for vintages brewed by Eldridge Pope & Co. PLC. / Thomas Hardy Brewery from 1968 to 1999. O'Hanlon's took over the brand and revived it in 2003: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1533/16858

Added by Todd on 11-27-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
121
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
170
Gots:
45
For Trade:
2
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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Last night I had a 1987 Thomas Hardy's ale... opened with a little tiny hiss, poured a nice brown color with a ruby hue. Flavors, oh man that thing was complex... leather, soy sauce, meaty, sweet, slight tartness. It was definitely a sipper and something you can really only have a small amount of, but I'm very glad I got to taste it.

Still have a 1986 and a 1988 to drink at a later time.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

May 30, 2015
1987 & 1988 vintages.
The '87 was infected (lacto?), but still very drinkable, comparable to a modern dark sour.
The '88 was great.
Almost zero carbonation, oxidized, intense flavors (sherry, figs), slightly salty and bitter.
Overall, a very interesting beer, reminded me of Sam Adams Utopias.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1989 bottle drank on my 26th birthday. Bottle states it will age for up to 25 years, well ladies and gentleman I am here to tell you that it is still drinking great after 26. No carbonation and much darker than 07 I had a few years back. Tastes more like a fortified wine with figs, dates, molasses, and other sweet dark things than your typical beer. Also super cool to sip a beer as old as myself.

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Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdamP
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KWolf
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boone757
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Sellen
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1994 Edition

Pours a dark brown color, much darker than later vintages of this ale. There were a few spots of carbonation but fairly tame, the beer is 20 years old. The smell is an amazing bouquet of cocoa, aged malts, musty book, brown sugar, caramel, toffee and vanilla. The taste matches the nose but far less sweet than later years. Prune, cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, scotch and even a hint of smoke. The beer drinks fine and is a testament to the original brew house and recipe. Outstanding.

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Photo of JLeet
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

1994 Vintage opened 7/11/2014

Appearance: No head with some sediment floating at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: WOW!! This is a handful. Oxidation in the best way possible, Sherry, Maderia, tootsie roll, black tea leaf and maple syrup.

Taste: Touch sweet with dried raisins, black tea, and more oxidation ... great stuff. Reminds me of a Port in someways.

Mouthfeel: Rich with zero carbonation

Overall: This is an outstanding brew even at 20 years old. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of nikalus31
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of monketeeth
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of bkbru
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1994 bottle – From Hollinghead’s ($2.30 back then)

Appearance - Deep mahogany, no head, crystal clear

Smell - Maple syrup, brown sugar, lots of malt, toffee, raisin, figs, very slight oxidation

Taste – Dried fruit, toffee, chocolate, brown sugar, maple syrup, brown and dark malt

Mouth feel – smooth, no carbonation, thick body

Overall – Very good. This beer sipped like malty Port wine. Glad I kept this in the fridge.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of 510a
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ubufan2112
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Durandal_777
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Thomas Hardy's Ale (1968-1999) from O'Hanlon Brewing Co. Ltd.
4.44 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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