Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 401   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle of ultimate glasgow tasting. Alround rating: Peachy, fruity, hots of alc, pale malts, very sweet, spicey hints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5045) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Sampled from a 16 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark golden color with a large white head. The aroma was rather pleasant mix of sweet caramel and ripe fruits. The flavor was sweet and fruity with elements of caramel and molasses. The finish was very long, sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2943) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Our third Elf of the night and easily the best. Dark yellow, orange hints, small white head. Booze, syrup, fruit aroma. Taste is dent - booze and sweetness, but a better mix/balance than the others. Not great, bur drinkable and decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma’s sweet and sugary along with alcohol, sweet malt, fruit and maybe a hint of hops. Flavour’s also sugary sweet along with fruit, hops and alcohol -- it’s quite pleasant tasting actually. Alcohol’s fairly well hidden for 10.5 % Medium bodied. Not bad, one of the better Ridgeway Elf beers for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle from the First Houston Tasting
Pours a nice amber with an aroma of concert pot smoke. Really. Flavor is salami and port wine. Thin mouthfeel. Eh, I’ve had worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Light clear amber pour, decent frothy-creamy off-white head. Aroma - this is pretty decent - very sweet, very boozy, but I get candied fruit and even some floral hops. The taste is apricot, candy sugar, strong alcohol, and lingering bitterness. Light, slick body, mostly alcohol palate character, but enough candy fruit to make it seasonal. Strong and sweet, but not a burner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from BevMo. Medium amber color upon pouring, no head. Sweet syrupy aroma. Somewhat fruity. A hint of red licorice and bubblegum. Decent fruity flavor with a bit of hoppiness. Alcohol is very noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
This Barley Wine pours a light orange gold color from a 50cl bottle. Small sized white foamy head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet orange liquor. A light to medium bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy and floral. There are lots of orange and orange rind flavors in this beer; they kind of dominate everything else. This beer is a weird blend between an English and American Style Barleywine, without doing either justice. It’s a little too hop forward for the English Style and a weird malt/hop combo for a American Barley Wine. One has to wonder if all these elf beers are more a marketing campaign than brewing beer. There are what 5 different ones now? What’s next, “North Pole Chainsaw Massacre Elf”? OK now back to the beer.. Decent balance. The alcohol hotness is very evident and kind of unpleasant. This elf needs to be locked away for a while. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slight bitter with a pronounced alcohol presence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle from Kingdom Liqour. Poured light brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate allspice and banana sweet aroma. Medium to full body. Heavy complex spicy sweet flavor with a heavy sweet and small alcohol finish of long duration. Solid complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
50cL bottle. Orange, light amber color with a small white head. Rich alefruit and toffee malt aromatics, with some herbal spicy hop character. Caramel, fruitcake, tinge of phenol. Ruddy, earthy hop flavor cuts through the appley sweetness. Slight spiciness returns in the finish, with a lingering sweetness and heavy alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, hot.

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