May 10th

It is my firm belief that one should never be without a bottle of barley wine. Don’t be fooled by warm weather, especially in the Spring or Fall. It looked like Toronto was in the clear, but then the city was hit but a nasty blast of cold temperatures. When the heat in your house has been turned off long ago, the chill starts to seep in. And then you’ll be thankful you didn’t rush to have that bottle of Thomas Hardy’s Ale.

Barley wines are supposed to be slow, contemplative sippers, but I have a problem going slow when something is this good. A wonderful nose that perfectly exemplified all the delicious flavours to follow. This is a 2008 vintage and has already taken on a number of port characteristics, though the sweetness is less intense. Stewed plums, raisins, orange peel and toffee flavours. The bitterness is slowly fading out of the beer, but it is at a nice level. The body was a little syrupy and equally as chewy. On a sad note, this was my last bottle of barley wine, so it is a good thing I will be traveling soon.

Thomas Hardy’s Ale on Ratebeer

Today: 225mL. Year-to-date: 98.27L.


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