Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
"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. Allís well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesntít 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 22, 2008
The color is a little lite in color for a barley wine. It is a clear orange amber and leaves some spiral laceing along the sides of the glass. The nose is a bit estery with hints of lemon,orange and some spice. There is also some hints of bitter hops. The flaovr is rather sweet and hoppy. You can really taste that bready malt followed by the ester fruit which fades. you can really taste the bready malt in the finish whis is extreamly full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Clear amber with a thin white head. Malty sweet, spicy, bubblegum smell. Heavy body. A malty sweet and spicy flavor is pretty mild for a barleywine. Well hidden alcohol. Very easy drinking brew. No doubt an english bw. 123106

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours amber with a thin head. The aroma is mostly malt with a touch of dark fruitiness in it. It tastes of sweet caramel malt, some light hops, and alcohol. Thereís not a whole lot going on in this full bodied brew. Itís a decent barley wine, but overpriced for what it is. Iím getting the idea that Ridgeway makes a lot of fairly average quality beers with very premium price tags.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
From the bottle, pours a rather clear red with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly of light malts. Nothing too special in the taste, malty, alcohol, decent taste, good but nothing to write home about. Call it an ok one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2008
A reasonably vigorous pour produces a scant, one-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color and shows a hazed, light copper hue when held up to the light; this is definitely pale colored for a beer of this strength. The aroma smells of slightly sticky, almost unfermented malt, golden raisins, brandy, concentrated apples, somehow slightly tart and it has a fair amount of hop character under the more noticeable malt notes. Hop notes that lean towards herbal, perhaps a touch of menthol, clean citrus and a bit of a green note towards the end. Not a bad nose, it is a clean mix of malt and hop notes.

Sweet with notes of golden raisins up front, but then a herbal hop character kicks in that then moves to a solid, though slightly astringent, bitterness in the finish. Thick and chewy, though this is certainly not sticky. It has a certain viciousness and heft that makes it a sipping brew, but not overly heavy. Somehow the simple malt character can actually disappear underneath the fairly mild hop character; at these times the beer tastes too green and astringent. This is actually quite hoppy for an exported English beer (especially the ones usually exported to the states). It has a touch of hot alcohol to it in the finish, though is actually fairly mild for a beer of this strength.

Not nearly as bad as I expected for some reason, but then it is not all that great either. I have a feeling that the bland malt character will pick up some character with some age. This could age for quite some time (though the lack of bottle conditioning is disappointing), but the fresher hop notes will certainly fade).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
Itís a very beautiful, warm amber beer with a small, dense head. The aroma is fruity sweet with notes of malt and caramel. The mouthfeel is fat and the flavour has sweetness, light fruits, malt, caramel, candy sugar, a nice bitterness for this style, and itís a bit citrussy in the finish. Itís an uncomplicated BW, maybe not as complex as many others, but charming!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5775) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent softly carbonated light brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The weak aroma was mild vinous and malt hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The weak flavor contained notes of hops mildly vinous and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep gold with a nice white head that leaves a decent lace all the way down the bottle. Malty aroma with some earthy hops, but marred by a significant fusel nose, with notes of green apple and some hints of solvent. Flavor is better, with malt up front, some hops, but still with some higher alcohols. Not extreme, but off-putting. Some alcoholic astringence in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle 0.5 l. Clear amber, almost no head. Nose has hops, alcohol, nuts, bourbon, marzipan. Flavor is slightly bitter, nutty, bit fruity but mostly dry. Alcohol is quite upfront. Not bad, but not very rememberable either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - 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.

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