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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. All’s well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesnt’t it? "Indeed" sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear I shall soon go crazy as well" And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place. Peter Scholey, Brewer.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
500ml Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of fruits, malts, alcohol, some plum, grains, and other dark fruits. Poured amber in color with a large, foamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of alcohol, grains, grapes, malts, dark fruits, and honey. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malty, alcohol finish. Warming.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daniele (6195) - ITALY - JAN 22, 2008
chiara limpida buona schiuma abbastanza pesistente decisamente corposa calda dolciastra ma un poco acidula

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3561) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
From 500 bottle this poured orange with big bubble head, hat left little lacing. Nose was of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts. Sticky mouthfeel. Flavor was sweet malts. Finish was sweet also. Drinkable, but way down the list of my barley wines.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoplover406 (204) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2008
A mediocore barley wine. To be expected from these "novelty" beers. This was a gift from a friend and I did enjoy drinking it and feeling the effects of it’s 10.5%. I do love good barley wines, but I would not buy this one. Will drink it again if given to me though!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
[983-20071215] 500mL (Holiday Tasting 2007 @ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY). Boozy malt aroma has a slice of citrus. Clear, medium orange body with a quick off-white head. Bitter doughy malt flavour has a little spice. Rough medium body. Funny label story.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle. Clear medium to light dark orange color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, orange, notes of alcohol, licorice. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. (241207)

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Clear copper with a small white head. Nose is a bit harsh, with metallic bananas and some fusel alcohol. Rather sweet in flavor, with lots of banana. Quite bitter, a bit salty. Not criminally bad, perhaps, but hardly very good.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
greydog (4) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
Warm maple brown color w/ smooth pour and light, thin creamy head. Mild aroma; full body flavor with hints of raisin, honey, black currents. Strongly alcoholic - more pleasant than expected but not as refined as could be

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2008
bottles both 2006 and 2007: both years pour a nice caramel brown with a white head that only last a few seconds. the 06 is just a tad bit darker. aroma is very sweet on both years with the 06 having less fresh fruit and more dark fruit aroma very sweet caramel malt in both years and just a touch of brown sugar in th e06. the flaovur were pretty identical both being sickly sweet with a very bitter aftertaste and finish. the palate is sticky. i did both years this way because they were so close to each other they came out to be the same score.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tranquillity (1445) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
Nutty, alcoholic, flowers in the aroma. ed, shiny golden colour, small white head. Taste alcohol, not that much else.


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