Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Decent stuff for a Christmas themed beer. It wasnít quite what I was expecting, but for an inexpensive barleywine on a cold December evening...this will do. Aroma is very fruity. Almost like smelling a fruit salad, with no real discernable fruit...just...fruit. And sweetness...caramel. Appearance is medium orange in color with barely any head to speak of. Flavors were caramel, alcohol and thatís really about it. No real bitterness I could detect. Overall, final impressions were that it wasnít bad. I might get another bottle next year if I see it, but if I donít...oh well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle @ Coleís Christmas Tasting 2007. Amber body with a very small white head. Sweet alcoholic aroma, dry toasty malt, mild fruit. Similar flavour with mild fruity notes, rough grainy alcoholic finish. Average palate. Meh. Alcohol is actually surprisingly restrained considering its 10%

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2007
500ml bottle Light orange, thin head. Phenolic and estery aroma - a bit pear-droppy. Very alcoholic, a bit harsh. Strong sticky bitter taste. Reminds me of the muck I used to add vodka to when I was 14 to get me there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2007
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Pours dark gold with a thin white head. A very clear beer. Deliciuos malty body with lots of caramel flavors. The ethanol burn is extreme. The hops are very smooth in this one. They seem evenly distributed. This might be my favorite English barleywine, but is certainly the best Ridgeway product Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (660) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 11, 2007
500ml bottle from Bevmo. It pours with not much luster, and not much of a head. Aroma is mildly honey like. Flavor, while itís not a fantastic barleywine style, itís not awful. Mildly sweet and mildly spicy. Maybe a little on the flat side. Worth trying but maybe not rebuying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
50cL bottle, 10.5% ABV. BarleyWine Style. Clear, medium golden color. Aroma of a fine malted Ale. Flavors are malt and big bitterness. Lots of Fizz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
500 ml bottle from Bevmo. This one pours a translucent amber-copper. The head is off white and sudsy leaving some lacing in the glass as it quickly recedes. The aroma ia medium in strength with caramel, raisins and alcohol. The flavor is remarkable in that the alcohol is immediately noticeable. Besides alcohol I taste raisins and apricots. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. The finish is long with more raisins. Overall; this would be a much better beer if the alcohol were well integrated. Not recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Another bust from Ridgeway. Pours light brown with red highlights. Small white head with partial lacing. Vanilla, bubblegum, caramel, and peaches. Sickeningly sweet, spicy flavor, with molasses, dates, and something like a cigarette in the finish. This beer is a mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle. Beer was a medium amber with a rust colored hue. Head was small, off white with little lacing. Aroma was of darkfruits, vanilla and alcohol. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2007
Dark coppery colored, little yellow head. Herbal and grassy, sweet, even perfumy aroma with spicy notes and slight bubblegummy tone. Medium to full bodied. Aroma was interesting, flavor is not so much. Medium alcohol comes through here, still some hopped and raisinny BW notes here, caramelly sweetness gets stronger in aftertaste. Alcohol lasts in aftertaste.

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