50th Anniversary


Amber coloured Barley Wine laden with bronze glints.

On the nose, straight away the bouquet has impact, intensity and complexity with notes of both candied and alcohol-soaked fruit, dried figs, fresh tobacco and chocolate, while a caramel sensation is perceived but remains in the background.

In the mouth, the initial sensation is of incredible density and softness, a silky warmth accompanying memories of bitter orange marmalade, dried fruit and chestnut honey. The finale provides a refreshing, slightly sharp hint that adds harmony and balance.

The vintage 2018 Golden Edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Thomas Hardy’s Ale, first produced in 1968.

ABV: 13,0%

Style: Barley Wine


Thomas Hardy’s Ale
The very first vintage of Thomas Hardy’s Ale

Royal Thomas Hardy’s Ale
To celebrate the visit of the Duke of Kent

150th Anniversary Thomas Hardy’s Ale
To mark 150 years of brewing for the Eldridge family

Thomas Hardy’s Ale Silver Anniversary
To commemorate 25 years since the first vintage

Thomas Hardy’s Ale 40 Years
The last vintage produced by O’Hanlon Brewery

Thomas Hardy’s Ale Preview Edition
Not for sale, two test-batches in 33 cl and 75 cl bottles

Thomas Hardy’s Ale Golden Anniversary
This special bottle celebrates 50 years since the first vintage


Warminster Marris Otter and Light Crystal malts. Fuggle and Golding hops. Top fermenting yeasts.


Store away from light and heat sources. Leave the yeast to form sediment on the bottom for 24 hours before serving.


To be enjoyed at around 13°C, after allowing oxygenation in a large balloon glass. Pairings: dark chocolate, Cuban cigars.


330ml bottle with numbered and vintage-dated black and golden label.
12 bottles per case.


“It was of the most beautiful colour that the eye of an artist in beer could desire; full in body, yet brisk as a volcano; piquant, yet without a twang; luminous as an autumn sunset; free from streakiness of taste, but, finally, rather heady.”


Thomas Hardy, The Trumpet Major



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