Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 426   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Why am I doing this to myself? 500mL bottle from Bevmo for $6-7. A little pricey, but it’s 10.5%. I poured it strong and cold, and ended up with a lingering, but small white small-bubble head. The taste is a little bit of booze and long boil hop bitterness. A little medical. Hop aroma is muted. Dry, which almost makes a little sourness present itself. Not good, but at least I get another >10% rating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dlovell2 (1185) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Amber color with white head. Fruity aroma with pine and a hint of vanilla. Caramel flavor with hint of bananna. Citrus hop flavor and alcohol finish. Think maybe this elf would be better if saved untill next Xmas and given a chance to mellow out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (13190) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Amber color with a quite small head. Aroma from fruits, malt, a bit dry and with alcohol. Fruity apricot flavor, orange, earthy notesand some alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strap (566) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 29, 2010
pours a clear copper. taste of dark fruits with an alcohol & dry hop finish. a bit too much on the fruity side, like a cider. not what i’d normally expect for a barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 10, 2006
50cl bottle. Clear orange amber with a thin light tan head. Sweet nose, golden raisin, white wine, fruity. Slightly sweet flavor, light caramel, raisin, earthy notes. Alcohol apparent in the finish. Weak flavor and body for a barleywine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours amber and looks reasonably good. Aroma, flavor and palate weak and empty. All I really taste is alcohol and that’s about it. Finishes reasonably clean and overall not complex at all. Not bad but nothing good either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Clear amber with a thin white head. Malty sweet, spicy, bubblegum smell. Heavy body. A malty sweet and spicy flavor is pretty mild for a barleywine. Well hidden alcohol. Very easy drinking brew. No doubt an english bw. 123106

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2008
On tap at Deep Ellum, the body is a murky, muddy copper color and the thin creamy head dissipates very quickly. The taste is fully of candied sugar and dry bread. Very low carbonation created a stale tacky mouthfeel. I was underwhelmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours golden with a thick off-white head. Very nice lacing on the head. Aroma is of alcohol and bananas. Taste is of bananas and alcohol as well. After taste is a bitter alcohol taste. Not bad. Not great but not horrrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle/50cl - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with a small head that settled to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is fruity... mostly dark fruit (raisins, prunes, dates, etc.) and slightly sweet with more than a hint of the alcohol present. Flavor follows along pretty closely... again the dark fruit, the malty sweetness and a somewhat harsh boozy alcoholic character that detracts from the overall experience. A below average barley wine... but I love the name...

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