Brewed by Hepworth
Style: English Strong Ale
Pulborough, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle conditioned - Christmas. Also named No 1 Ale on the back label.
NOTE: This is a replacement for the previous Hepworth Christmas Ale but is a new beer as the recipe is different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DIBBLE (102) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2015
(Bottled 19/9/13) Given plenty of time to settle. Clear golden beer with short frothy off white head. Aroma is rich and fruity, plum. Lively carbonation. Flavour is complex, up front malt and under ripe orchard fruit. Bitter, tart with a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9286) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
(bottled 05.10.10) Cloudy, orange-amber colour with a short and off-white foamy head. Slightly yeasty, juicy malty and slightly nutty aroma with slightly vinous notes of dried fruits (apricots). Moderately sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a calm carbonation. Juicy malt character with distinctive notes of apricots, traces of caramel and a bready touch; sweet malty and slightly vinous fruity finish with a whiff of bitter hops in the background. Has some nice fruit character. 26.XII.13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10028) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle(bottled 5/10/10; purchased at Kris Wines): Orangey coloured, hazy, mid-sized off-white head with a good lace, mineralic-yeasty nose with traces of alcohol, died peaches and toasted malt; moderate to solid sweet flavour with a slight bitterness, medium to full bodied, relatively soft; lingering woody and fruity sweet-bitter finish. Pretty good, it needs obviously some time to ripe…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unclejona (9) - East Molesey, - OCT 23, 2013 does not count
This is by far one of the best ’Winter Warmer’ style beers I have had. ABV of 7.5% adds to the warming aspect of this lovely ale. The mouthfeel and rich taste dominate, the aroma is slightly lacking but that is not what this beer is all about. A real treat during the cold/dark winter months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle shared at the Craft Beer Co. - Clerkenwell, London Holiday Tasting - one of my contributions. Pours lightly hazy copper-gold with a fine, off-white foam head. Semi-ripe fruit nose, sweet bread. Medium sweet flavor with more bready malts, plum and other ripe fruits. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Sweet finish, more breadiness, toasty sugars. Drinkable stuff. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16472) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle at pre Xmas tasting thanks to Leighton - 21/12/12. Lightly hazed golden with a thin white head. Nose is light booze, dark fruits, orange marmalade, spice. Taste follows with more emphasis on the dark fruits, nutty tones, almond, spice. Medium bodied, soft carbonation - a little over spritzy, bitter dry finish. Ok - nothing special, alcohol is well disguised.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (4987) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 21, 2012
Clear pale amber, oatmeal and spent grain nose.touch of cardamom. Sweet malt, very light in body, candyfloss slight pepper. Brief finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich malt, caramel, nuts, fruits and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2011

Bottle 500ml. @ ChrisOs.

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, overriped fruit, light alcohol, light hoppy, orange - citrus, mandarin. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity - berry, sweet berry, pale raisin, candy sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel has alcoholic notes. [20101204]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2011
0.5L bottle from Ex Cellar, Fulham as Hepworth Vintage Noël Christmas Beer. Low gray-shaded blond head. Clear orangey amber body. Sugary aroma of honey, toffee, roasted nuts and alcohol-soaked yellow fruits. Substantially sweet malt flavor. Nuts and biscuits, toffee and fruit-cocktail. Carefully hopped, some bittering is noticable. Oily texture, bordering on sticky. Quite full. Sweet malty and fruity ending.

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