had my annual tasting of a speciality beer yesterday
for the ones who want to know more about one of the absolute best beers I have ever had, here goes
O’Hanlon’s Thomas Hardy’s Ale (2003 - 2008)
Rerate - 8th annual tasting of my 25 year quest
2005 vintage, bottle no 04549.
250 ml bottle marked 11.7% vol. Black cap and medal around the bottle neck.
Sampled on May 11, 2013.
Pours clear dark reddish brown color, displays a tan bubbly head.
Scent comes out lovely and intense, leads out with raisins, dried prunes, malty, sweet, sugar, molasses, fruit cake, alcohol, dark chocolate, port wine, madeira, then after a while also comes a note of wet tobacco as well. Lovely lovely stuff, can smell this forever.
Taste then is powerful and intense as well, it is sweet, smooth, tobacco, sugary, muscovado, raisins in cognac, port wine, fresh raisins, it just won't stop, beautiful, intense and lovely, also very complex.
Tobacco and raisin aftertaste.
Warming alcohol, but in a glowing good way.
Big, smooth, velvet like mouthfeel.
Medium low bitterness.
My first comment on the beer to my mate after some sighs was "why don't they make this beer any more?".
2005 is one of the best vintages I've had from this beer, and I feel lucky this is the vintage I chose for my 25 years of "try one per year" journey.
This rerate is my second 5.0 beer so far after mroe than 7 years on ratebeer to this date.
Lovely and awesome, I am in awe as to how this beer has developed until now. I can't see how the beer will improve even more to my taste, and the coming yearly event for the next 17 years will be interesting indeed.
All my ratings of this beer:http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/ohanlons-t ... 915/32615/