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Tasting Thomas Hardy’s Ale

May 19, 2012

I was fortunate to be invited to share a bottle of 28-year-old Thomas Hardy’s Ale brewed by Eldridge, Pope & Co. The bottle was numbered #29994 in 1984 and had been stored upright in the dark and in a constant 12°C since then.

The beer was without head, no carbonation was present either. The colour was dark ruby red and the aroma and taste was like Port or Madeira, aged dessert wine with slight sweetness. No hops were detectable. No oxidation whatsoever.

There is a sister bottle stashed away and I have put myself forward to taste that one too, 9 more years to wait…