Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 390   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beisen (90) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Amber pour, with medium head. Has some honey and spices, and was pretty smooth. Strong alcohol burn, but overall a great brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2007
First Official Houston Tasting. Thanks to Kaggie97 for this one. Amber pour with normal head. Nose is malts and some band aids. Taste is some light spices, malts and apricots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2007
Bottled. Amber colour, mediumsized beige head, lacing. Aroma is grainy, nutty and alcoholic. Some mild spices too. Flavour is hay, spices, wood, some grapes, caramel malts and a sting of alcohol in the finish. This beer may need time, since it feels a bit boring as it is now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2007
Clear amber color, small vanishing white head. Wood, metal, nuts and flowery, almost honeyish hops in the nose. Honeyish, decently bodied, liquerish brew. Simple flavour palette, but drinkable, quite flat mouthfeel. Green grapes, honey melon and touch of wood are mixed with alcoholic kick and harsh finish. Warming, but one-dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (10785) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
Bottle. on ØJ-dag. @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours a great, lightly hazy orange with a small head that quickly settles as a thin film. Aroma is malty sweet with a good dose of caramel, raspberries, dough and holly. Oily mouthfeel. Powerful alcohol at first, then the maltyness tajes over with lots of toffee and orangey sweetness and some chewy biscuit character. Perhaps the alcohol burn is just over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 (Bottled) Clear, deep copper with a smallish-medium, foamy head. Strongly malty, sweet-berryish and very toffeeish aroma with some alcohol presence when pouring, but not much afterwards. Very toffee-malty, only slightly sweet flavor with berries and some dried fruit. Quite full-bodied, low-carbonated palate with some alcohol burn. Very malt-accented barley wine, not very sweet or viscous. Slightly too much alcohol burn to be fully enjoyable, but definitely not bad - maybe criminally bad, though :). Didn’t get any better in 8 months - maybe slightly more vegetably.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1074) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Very nice....Amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is malt heavy. Taste is slightly bitter with some malt a syrupy sweetness. Finishes well with a slight lingering bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2007
The beer as it sets in the glass after the pour from the 500ml bottle appears as slightly hazy burnished copper with the head modest in size, off white and frothy, it vanishes rather quickly leaving the a patchy coating of lace. Nose is cotton candy sweet, hints of fusel alcohol, caramel, malt and a touch of spice, pumpkin like is what I’m trying say. Start is obnoxiously sweet, malt present adequate, alcohol bite noticeable, top is medium in feel. Finish continues the heavy sweetness, hops overwhelmed, a tummy warmer, and the aftertaste sticks to your palate like the “Peanut Butter From K Rations”, but as I’m “Abbynormal”, I like this beer? lol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2007
17 0z bottle via trade (thanks to whoever sent this!). Been storing this one for about 10 months i think. Nose is somewhat medicinal, alcoholic, and slightly estery. Taste starts with some syrupy sweetness, but quickly turns to apricot, pineapple, hops, and finshes warm but not hot. Body is medium/full, carbonation is moderate. I would say this is an average barleywine and better than it’s 8.9 style rating suggests. I have had many that are worse. Perhaps my laying it down for almost a year has made a difference?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2007
500ml bottle from jjpm74
Clear copper with some off white head. Quite a bit of carbonation.
The nose is of cookies, fruit danish, a bit of earthy hops and warm alcohol.
The flavor is very warm with alcohol. There’s a bit caramel, honey, biscuits, and hops. Just very warm over everything though.
Seems to be very thin.

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