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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Appearance: Clear amber/copper with thin fizzy quick to disappear ivory head. Aroma: Raisin, prune, tinned peaches in syrup, liquorice, syrup, floral, toffee, cherry, marzipan and vinous. Taste: Medium sweet, low/medium sour and low bitterness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry liquorice, syrup, fruity sweet finish with a sourness and burnt caramel. Ending alcohol warmth. Comments: Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BitchPls (762) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Red beer with a brief and minimal head. Lots of sweet sugared/canned peaches on the nose. Full bodied. Oily. Lots of caramel and dried fruit. Very lovely brew for slow drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (6291) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
Flaske 0,33l fra Alko Muonio. Drukket på RV124 12 Jan 14. Mørk gyldenbrun med litt rødskjær. OK skum som flater nesten helt ut i løpet av noen minutter. Litt lacing. Forsiktig mandelaroma. Smaken er mandler og kirsebær. Blir litt tørr etter hvert. Alkoholen bra skjult men helheten blir så som så. KI=4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (4123) - NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Deep copper body, white head. Aroma of ripe fruit, alcohol, vanilla. Taste is fruity of oranges, peach, plum, with a sweet caramel/honey malt finish. Warm alcohol feel, with an aftertaste of dark fruit and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2014
From a 500ml bottle on 14/1/2014. Pours a clear orange/light amber with just a hint of head. Has a quite pronounced aroma featuring toffee, fruit and a dash of alcohol. Taking a sip and there’s lots of sweet toffee, stone fruit and some brown sugar, with a spicy, slightly sharp alcoholic bitterness finishing things off. The texture is quite oily and the carbonation modest. I think this is harshly treated on here ratings wise. It may not be a world beater, but it’s a solid sweet sipper, which I have no complaints whatsoever in downing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Clear copper body with a short lives crown that rests to a nice thin white film. S: Vanilla, French oak, booze, banana taffy, sweet toffee, acidic, candied malt, Christmas spices, barley is present but faint. Very malty and syrupy. T/M: Heavy malt base with almost a dairy creamer taste. Super sweet candy, banana snow cone syrup, and toffee. Again barley is not really a player and faintly bitter apple peel hops. Thick chewy body with little carbonation and a spicy finish. O: I see why they callbthis Criminally Bad Elf because IT IS crininally bad. Not what I expect from a barley wine style brew. This is more of a winter warmer with banana influence. A search and rescue team is required to find the barley and the overall delivery is not great. I think this beer is confused on what it wants to be. I can honestly say I would not purchase this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11341) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
330ml bottle, by the courtesy of Finn. Fair amount of airy, off-white foamy head with satisfying duration and lacing. Clear golden-brown coloured body. Modest aroma of herbs, sweet malt and dried fruits. Dry and sweet taste character of almond, herbal malts, honey and bittersweet berries towards a partially lingering ending, tingled with alcohol. Medium bodied. Warming mouthfeel. Decent slow Yuletide sipper (Tromsø 02.01.2014).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cenzu (34) - - JAN 1, 2014
quite fruity beer with a kind of strange, long, afteertaste. not quite to my likeing.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elbernays (1255) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
Big sweet malt, overpowering alcohol, some fruits. Too strong and no body to carry it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
500 ml bottle to share, complete with stupid branding. Orange pour, no head. Fruity nose, flavour the same. Bit of warming alcohol. Ho hum.

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