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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 426   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. 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.


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 (1453) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
Nutty, alcoholic, flowers in the aroma. ed, shiny golden colour, small white head. Taste alcohol, not that much else.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tangentrider (144) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2008
amber ale with a huge off-white head. aroma of fruit and malt. flavor is sweet, with fruity hop and nice warmth, but a bit watery. finish is slightly bitter and sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2008
I think itís hard to mess up a barley wine. Maybe Iím biased towards the style, but Iíve never had one I disliked. This beer was pleasantly very sweet but didnít hide itís alcohol very well, and the hops were a bit off balance. A little astringent tasting, sort of like a mouth full of salty sand. It pours a beautiful perfectly transparent apple juice color that is just phenomenal. The aroma is fairly skunky of macro lager beer and rotten kool-aid.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2007
0.5l bottle. Copper amber color with small head. Sweet caramelly and biscuity aroma with plenty of fruity esters (banana, pear) and solvent. Sweet, fruity, biscuity and caramelly flavor with overload of solvent and sharp alcohols.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Copper in color, smells of bananas and sweet malts, fluffy beige head that stays around....fresh on the nose...over-ripe banana flavors, some alcohol, creamy yet full body...sweet notes throughout....this creation....bought it for the label, and well its a good friggin barley wine....sweet finish

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2007
pours a crystal clear amber with a thick white head. Aroma of malts and sugary candy...maybe a candy necklace? Flavor of a double heineken skunk with heavy white and brown sugar added. Bits of fruit, but I have no clue what. Did they throw in some used big league chew, and god, what flavor? Strong burn of alcohol. What is going on in this beer? I keep taking sips hoping to figure it out, but I donít think that will work. Feels like razors of sugar cutting my tongue. Easily the worst barley wine Iíve ever drank.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Light brown and gold with a small head. Aromas are sweet caramel and brown sugar. Some peppery notes with evident alcohol. Flavours are brown sugar with lots of caramel. Spicy hops and alcohol follow. Quite clean in flavour with warming, some harsh, alcohol. Lip numbing but OK overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours nice clear amber color with offwhite froathy head. Aroma is mixed fruits and caramel with slight alcohol undertone. Flavor is very malty and caramely with some fruit presence and definite alcohol flavor. Overall, decent.


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