Beer Information and Tasting Notes

O'Hanlon's  Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005

O'Hanlon's Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005

Brand
O'Hanlon's
Expression
Thomas Hardy's Ale 2005
Category
Dark Ale
Style
Barley Wine
Abv
8.20%
Produced at
O'Hanlon's Brewing
Country
England

By Jeff Evans

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Nose
Quite a mix: bitter oranges, raisins, creamy treacle, sherry and a hint of Marmite.
Palate
Sweet and rich, nicely warming and full bodied, with lots of dried vine fruit and sherry notes. Some citrus orange provides a little sparkle and there are also faint toffee and tea flavours. Very low carbonation – just a tickle of condition on the tongue.
Finish
Thick, warming and sweet, turning bittersweet, then firmly bitter, but still leaving sugar on the lips. Raisins aplenty, as well as woody sherry.
Comment
A beer currently in the wilderness, following the decision of O'Hanlon's to cease production. Hopefully, another brewery will pick up the reins as this remains a world classic, the perfect companion for a slice of fruit cake. A little more carbonation would really set it off.