Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear rich amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts reasonably well and leaves a little lacing. The aroma, weirdly, is almost hefeweizen-like, dominated by yeasty banana notes, although some toffee and fruitcake hints sneak through. Spicy hops up front mix with sweetly spicy yeast. Plum pudding, butterscotch and warm alcohol appear in the mid-palate, with more banana yeast leading into a boozy fruitcake finish. It leaves a lingering hot alcohol feel. I’m not a big fan of this one. It has some good flavours in there, but it is far too yeast-dominated for a barleywine, and hides its 10.5% alcohol very poorly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2391) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a deep amber, with a white head. Complex, malty, caramelly aroma, toffee, dried fruit, walnuts, almonds, lightly yeasty, hints of chocolate. Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, caramelly taste, hops, raisins, dried apricot, madeira, yeast. Quite rich, a real sipper. (2014-01-24)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4878) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Flaske med dansk pantemerke, på hytta til Sigmund april-14: paneldeltajerne viser tegn til tretthet og stavefeilene blir hyppigere. Litt for skarp i kanten.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (7980) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear dar reddish/amber with a tiny white head. Aroma is light sweet, dark malty. Taste is light sweet, dark red fruits and berries,rather short and dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (2914) - NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Pale amber. Dence and persistent off-white head. Sweetness, hops and some oak in aroma. and taste. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Sweetish aroma, notes of malt sugar and molasses. Medium sweet flavour, some fruit and noticeable hops to make it drinkable, if I were not drunk already.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aenima (334) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
A little weak aroma of caramel and raisin. The taste is very thin despite the high abv. Mostly light caramel. A little over carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1766) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Strong flavoured and excellent warmer for a cold winter day. This series or elf beers is just right

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14267) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle [thanks to dEnk] @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Slightly hazy dark orange color, small beoge head. Smell malts, overripe fruits, sweetness. Taste malts, overripe fruits, sweetness, some alcohol, lightly sugar. Heavy malty. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Quite decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Hazy amber colour with a small off-white head. Smells barley, malts, hops, sweetish, nice. Tastes barley, malts, slightly hoppy, sweetish, some caramel.. Lovely. Medium to full body, soft carbo, round feel.

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