Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   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. 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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5283) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090215.
Pours dark copper color with a minimal head. Aroma of caramel, some alcohol notes, ripe fruits and malts. Flavor of caramel malts, toffee, some ripe fruits, alcohol and wood. A bit too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danrcook (23) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Smooth pour with minimal head. Taste of hops, caramel, and malts. Carbonation is stready, but minimal as well. It is a unique ale with a malty aftertaste. Truly enjoyed this and I am a real barleywine snob.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackEyePA (559) - USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pretty good, but the alco esters linger from middle to end of the drink and its a lil much to be a drinkable enjoyable beer, although it is barley wine. Aroma is sweet malty alcoholic grain. Appearance is copper with thin head that falls. Palate is saturated in sweet grain and alcohol. Hops are pretty much unnoticeable. Overall not bad the aftertaste keeps me from loving it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Poured from bottle. Aroma of vanilla, pepper and alcohol. Clear amber, thin white head. Flavors of vanilla, caramel, cane sugar, pepper, banana, grass and alcohol. Slightly grassy aftertaste. Develops a somewhat soapy feel toward the end. OK, but somewhat uneven.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
500ml bottle from TW. Clear, gold-brown pour with a short, off-white head leaving minimal lace. Nose is sweet, heavy malts and booze. Medium-heavy body with mild carbonation. Caramel, EtOH bitterness, dried fruit. Too sweet, too boozy, too big, not enough hops and not nearly complex enough. A big disappointment given how much I like Lump of Coal and the Insanely Bad Elf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (543) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
On tap. Golden copper, small off white head. Malt, grain, brown sugar aroma. Medium full body, sticky, boozy. Flavor mostly sweet and a bit harsh. Caramel, toffee, tiny bit of hops. Flavor although maybe too sweet is not entirely bad but the alcohol is too prominent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5385) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle, deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, alcohol, some red fruits and red apples. Flavor is sweet and malty with some red fruits, caramel, red apples and alcohol. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. A small, dense, light beige head sits on top of a more or less clear, dark golden to amber body. The aroma has some notes of higher alcohol, as well as malty sweetness, dried fruits and some pine cones. A bit one dimensional and boozy. That goes for the flavor too. It’s too boozy and lacking on complexity. Dried fruits, caramel maltyness, sugar and alcohol. Full body, some warmth. Overall, too warming and boring. 130119

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (6453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and fruits. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a very sweet caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2013
Plum, raisins and dried fruit on the nose while taste is plum, sugar, dried apple and caramel. Quite nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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