Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 435   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. 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
500 ml bottle, from BevMo LaJolla. Pours a clear bright orange amber with a medium sized whitish head. Aroma of dried fruits, apricot, prune, burnt toffee and spice, cardamom and dried cherry, orange peel, ginger and floral perfume. Flavor is kinda like a heavily fruity spice cake, sweetish, tartish and somewhat astringent, with soap and floral notes and nutmeg, alcohol is present but fairly well masked. Full body with a little, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
500 ml bottle from Bevmo. Golden with a small fizzy white head. Earthy aroma of caramel and mild hops. Caramel taste with a mild sourness and some herbal notes to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4060) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Bottle at Toms Ultimate Glasgow Tasting : Poured a amber color with light bubbles. The aroma was bubble gum, spices, and hops. The taste was very hoppy and tangy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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 (5769) - 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 (3000) - 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 (6787) - 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 (6371) - 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.

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