2018 Thomas Hardy's Ale 50th Anniversary Golden Edition | Interbrau S.p.A

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Interbrau S.p.A

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Beersnake1 on 06-09-2018

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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let's finish my tour of the new Thomas Hardy iterations with what seems to be the most well-liked of the bunch: the 50th Anniversary Golden Edition.

The regular beer was good but could have used some aging. The oak aged variant was nicely aged but absolutely without a wisp of carbonation. Let's see if this special blend can thread the needle.

Pours fairly tepid but still miles fizzier than the oak aged. A pretty dark amber color with ethanol hue and minimal effervescence.

Smells much more Belgiany than the other two... by which I mean yeast-heavy, I guess, but also I think there's some firm candy sugar in there. Minimal hops and only a respectable amount of alcohol. It smells much more like a quad than a BBW.

Tastes very good. Confounding, a bit. Again, much more like a Belgian triple or quad than any type of barleywine. Sugar up front, BW barley in the middle, yeast and booze on the finish. The finish is where the beer really leaves its mark, though: it's got that raw, lively yeastiness I associate with the best Beglian quads, like De Dolle and Westy. The sip isn't nearly as smooth, but the aftertaste is exquisite.

It is, indeed, the best of this particular bunch. I don't know if it's quite worth seeking out--the tepidness of the pour doesn't help it at all--but it was definitely worth the 10 bucks I spent on an 11 ounce bottle.

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp into a Thomas Hardy's Ale snifter. Look is a reddish brown with quickly dissipating light head. It's murky and barley wine like! Nose is toffee, herbal notes, and a moderate amount of fruit - cherries and a hint of strawberry. To be honest, I am a bit surprised how subtle the nose is. Taste is really smooth. A slight bitterness is there, as well as a slight alcohol burn. The caramel notes really come through. Some cinnamon, vanilla, white chocolate, and candy are there. There is a ash taste that is a bit strange. I am stuck on the bitter aftertaste, which isn't normally there in an English barley wine. I am planning to age a couple of bottles for 5-10 years, so I will update this review then. Mouthfeel is thick and robust. Overall, a nice barleywine with great aging potential.

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2018 Thomas Hardy's Ale 50th Anniversary Golden Edition from Interbrau S.p.A
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2 ratings