Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 394   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle; Criminal must stand for the price tag I seen on this one. Over spicey grainy aroma. Dark amber/orange body with off white disipating head. Flavor was all spice, alcohol and bitterness. Harsh alcohol bitter on palate. Gets two extra points for overall because it was better than nyqiull to help me get my sleep I needed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: pours a clean amber hue with a small but mostly lasting off-white head which left some lace. The aroma displays the house character of these brews, very fruity yeast esters, caramel and toffee, aromatic hops, hint of mint, and some phenolic activity. The taste is rather straight forward with sweet caramel malt over ripened fruit with more than a bit noticeable alcohol upon the finish. The problem with this beer is that the body does not support the ABV and it needs more depth in general. Sure there is a herbal hoppy bitterness and even a wisp of spice but it comes off rather bland after half-a-pint. The aftertaste is rather astringent and dry. Drinkable but not very beergeek worthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2007
50cl bottle. Poured a clear translucent medium orange with a dusting and a very loose ring of white bubbles. The aroma picked up an interesting assortment of lighter fruits (pears, sliced pineapple, and starfruit come to mind) along with peppery alcohol and some grassy notes. The flavor department was criminally sweet, with a mess of toffee, caramel, the aforementioned fruits, and plenty of alcoholly sugars... metallic and medicinal notes stuck to the underside of the edges of the tongue... the fruits return for some decent flavor at the finish... moderate grassy bitterness. Sharp, too sweet, and unbalanced on the palate.. medium-bodied with a watery intro. This wasn’t a criminally bad beer, but it was nowhere near a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Another bust from Ridgeway. Pours light brown with red highlights. Small white head with partial lacing. Vanilla, bubblegum, caramel, and peaches. Sickeningly sweet, spicy flavor, with molasses, dates, and something like a cigarette in the finish. This beer is a mess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (4947) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2007
0.5l bottle. Copper amber color with small head. Sweet caramelly and biscuity aroma with plenty of fruity esters (banana, pear) and solvent. Sweet, fruity, biscuity and caramelly flavor with overload of solvent and sharp alcohols.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2008
Nutty, alcoholic, flowers in the aroma. ed, shiny golden colour, small white head. Taste alcohol, not that much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Clear copper with a small white head. Nose is a bit harsh, with metallic bananas and some fusel alcohol. Rather sweet in flavor, with lots of banana. Quite bitter, a bit salty. Not criminally bad, perhaps, but hardly very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
faroeviking (10290) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 11, 2008
Botella. Clear amber. Sweet malty alco aroma. Sweet caramellic alco malty flavour. Rather boring barley wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2008
This is the most boring and bland barleywine I have ever wrapped my lips around. Light bodied with ample carbonation, there is no way this is 10.5, possibly 6.5 if they are lucky. This is way too tame, and not hot at all on the top of the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Strykzone (4912) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Always a fun label to this series. A clear golden colored beer with some glowing effervescence. Very little carbonation visible. A small white head. An aroma of soft fruit, yeast, alcohol, and malt. Served a bit cold. Flavor begins with alcohol and woody malt. Soft passion fruit, dark fruit including raisins, and a bit of yeast. Like others of the series, this just is not a quality beer. Fun labeling perhaps but this could be a high gravity lager and taste almost the same.

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