Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopfenWeisse (1491) - - JAN 3, 2015
Clear golden amber with medium head. Aroma is fruity and booze. Flavor is malt, boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (436) - FINLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber gold with low head. Aroma is barley, caramel and cinnamon. Full bodied with nice palate. Taste is barley, bread, cardamom and soft biscuits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (5569) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Copper colour with no head. Aroma is sweet with some sugar and bread dough. A very sweet and warming taste. Fairly boozy. A bit unrefined.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (685) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Borostyán testén alig észrevehető hab képződik, a karácsonyi manók italának újabb darabja nem sokat bíbelődik a kifinomultsággal. Likőrös, mézes illatai nem sok jót sejtetnek az édesszájútól távol állók számára, meglehetősen visszafogott teltségű szerkezete lényegében minden mélységet nélkülöz, különféle cifra bevezetés és elgondolkodtató komplexitás helyett rögvest arcul csap minket az ingatag lábakon álló maláta-alap által cipelt tonnányi édesítőanyag jelenléte. Az édességnek sajnos nemigen tesz jót, ha nincs mögötte tartalom, ezt a tételt ez esetben csak az ünnepi hangulat elnéző meghittsége írhatja felül azzal, hogy mindinkább a sör bohókás jellegét domborítja ki. Mézes-narancsos kakaóporhoz borókabogyós fűszerezettség társul, édessége lehengerlő, a szirupos kortyok azonban befogadásra találhatnak minden téli hangulatra szomjazó torkon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erling1000 (597) - - DEC 20, 2014
A copper coloured Barley Wine Style Ale with high white head. Aroma is vineous, malty. Taste is bitter and light sweet. Pretty strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Cask at Churchkey. Poured a golden color, with a small white head. Aroma is boozy malts, some light earthy citrus, dirty. Light spices. Corn, heat. Total meh unfortunately. It’s like these beers get progressively worse as they get higher in alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
suurjuust (2914) - ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2014
Clear orange, small white head. Nose is caramel, malt, hoppy notes, orange hints, licorice. Flavor is heavy on the caramel, hops and alcohol, fruity notes. Finishes with hops and booze. Very simplistic barley wine. Bottle shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2014
All of these names pretty much describe the beer, although this isn’t necessarily criminally bad, just mostly bad. Pours brown with ok head and lacing. Lots of sugary sweetness and a little weird tang. Syrupy in consistency. Tap at Churchkey thanks to Radagast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (7067) - Utah, USA - DEC 15, 2014
500ml bottle picked up at Wilburs
Pours clear dark golden with a small off-white head, no lacing. Aroma is malty, toffee, ripe fruit and brown sugar. Flavors are toasted malts, sweet caramel, dark fruit, sweet with a medium bitter finish
Gotta say, I’m kind of disappointed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martjoobolut (3187) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2014
0,33L bottle, BB 07.10.17. Pours clear amber with off-white head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is somewhat dirty, malt, caramel, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt. Body is somewhat watery (and its 10,5% brew?!). Overall: the worst barley wine I have tried, at least the alcohol is somewhat covered..

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