Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2007
listed as ridgeway barley wine at spuyten duyvil brooklyn. creamy medium tan head, clear rusty amber colored body. aroma is sweetish vinous malt, a little hoppy. toffee malt too. high carbonation, flavor is heavy malt, sweet & toffee, then bitter hoppy and spicy too. finish is dry bitter leafy hops. sticky and a little bit of alcohol heat in the finish. for a pretty weak set of brews, the elf stories got to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet, caramel, fruit, spices, and a harsh alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Way unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a light amber color with a tiny quickely fleeting head. Heavy toffee, caramel, raisens, and apple. Flavors of heavy toffee, caramel apple, light cinnamon, and a hint of alcohol. Not as bad as the press, actually pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Deep tawny in color with a small white head. Powerfully aromatic, with hints of raisins, toffee, prunes, caramel, red apple. Not a complex or deeply satisfying aroma, but it is powerful. Flavors are really dull and muted. Itís lacking depth and describable character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Pours perfecly amber. Clear and still.No head to speak of. Big caramelly nose. Still, and quite watery for a barleywine. Lots of toffee. Hides the alcohol incredibly well. Has no apparent finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Appearnace: Pours a light copper body with a medium-sized beige head. Spotty lacing. Smell: A distinct, piercing aroma of banana slices and bubblegum along with all kinds of Christmas-type spices and yeasty notes. Taste: A heavily sweet raisin and spiced fruit flavor that dries out quickly to an alcholic bitter finish. Thereís a noticeable plastic that is hard not to dwell on. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. A bit watery, too. Drinkability: Mediocre at best. To me, a flimsy body and a weak flavor doesnít make for a good English barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DannyP (29) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Great aroma, very sweet and drinkable. Pours a nice amber color. As previously noted, relatively sweet, with a nice malty flavor. Not as deep and heavy a barleywine flavor as Iím used to, but especially a good summer beer for those (like myself) who donít tend to like lighter beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2007
16.9 oz bottle-Medium amber body with a small ring for a head and an aroma of malt and alcohol. Taste of sugary malt followed by more sweetness and a slight bit of alcohol on the back end. For the ABV it hides itself rather well. I enjoy this beer as well as Very Bad Elf. A little sweeter than most Barley Wines but definitely enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2428) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours a three finger off-white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Faint malty nose. Flavor sweet, some tartness keeps the sweetness down, high ABV stays hidden. $7.60 for a 500ml bottle from Tullyís Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
I canít believe the low rating on this one. Maybe itís beecause itís actually a drinkable barly wine {my first}. I guess it doesnít hold true to the style. Super sweet, makes your lips sticky. In my opinion it would make a great dessert beer. Lots of orangy ond citrus aromas and flavors. Near the end of the bottle it became almost undrinkable because of the sweetness. Iíd surely order this again, but share it next time.

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