Thomas Hardy's Ale
Bottle H 7561
1 Jan 1979
Brewed and bottled by: Eldridge Pope and Co. Ltd.
180ml (6.34 fl.ozs)
poured smooth and clear, no fizz, cloudy but no obvious sediment, quite thick
marmite, vegemite, red wine, sweet - marshmallows
very strong, tangy, bitter, complex, slightly musty, quite similar to an old complex red wine,
hint of fizz, coffee - but percolated coffee, not espresso and not filter, lots of malt (like drinking maltexo?)
warm, honey, long, more old red wine, not a fresh NZ red, more an old vine aftertaste, and later on, an odd musty note (which I've had with younger TH ales)
Overall, very similar to other Hardy's Ales I've had, but more so, less fight in it than the younger ones I've had. I don't know if it's improved over a 10 and 12 year old I've had, so it might be worth trying my 2004 brew shortly.
It seemed quite high in alcohol content too.
Here's some pictures of the event, apparently that rarity - a sunny day.