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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
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RATINGS: 425   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.


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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Pours a very clear, amber with a small, light tan head with heavy lacing. Aroma is toffee with very little hop character. Tastes sweet but not cloyingly so; reminiscent of a Dopplebock due to very little hop character in the taste and aroma. A smooth and enjoyable Barleywine, but is something of a one trick pony with its malt essence not being balanced by hops.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VamboladeTolly (594) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle @deTolly, Tartu. Pours orange almost no head.Aroma is sweet, caramel, bread, berries, rye. Taste is sweet, caramel, alcohol, berries, slight candy. WTF is this? Medium body. Me not like it.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1088) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle 33cl. (from drinks-of-the-world.de). Clear medium amber, small frothy off-white head, recedes quickly, almost no lacing; sweet malty aroma, brown sugar, caramel, honey, alcohol, spices (cinnamon, ginger); taste heavy sweet, slightly bitter, caramel, bit toasted; full-bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste light toasted sweetbitter, alcoholic, spicy notes; lacks complexity in taste/aftertaste but overall a pleasant Barley Wine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1453) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2015
300ml bottle given as a Christmas present by Mark - cheers! Poured into a chalice glass and drank on the 12th April 2015. Crystal clear Irn Bru in colour with a fleeting white head which rapidly vanished away. Malty aroma with strong notes of sweet barley sugar throughout. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel considering the ABV and no lacing whatsoever. Mixed malts deliver a spicy maltloaf base with notes of gingerbread and sweet barley twists. There is very little in the way of hop resins lurking in the brief aftertaste. Finish is malty and very sweet with warming alcohol giving a boozy flavour in the palate. Not a patch on Strands Barley Wine as a benchmark however but nice to try none the less for a Barley Wine aficionado.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergaard (186) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
Redish orange beer, aroma of honey, sweet malt and some booze. Tastewise it is sweet and sligtly spicy and herbal.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12113) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Bottle split at Chriso Easter tasting, thanks to Daniel, 04/04/15. Golden amber with a decent off white covering. Nose is dark fruit rinds, sweet malt, spice, bubble gum. Taste comprises sweet licks, toffee fudge, toasted brown sugars, dark fruit peel. Medium + body, moderate carbonation, sweet cloying notes in the close. So so for style and lacking much in the way of depth but a drinkable sipper none the less.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2928) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Bottle shared at ChrisO’s. BB Sep 2016, 10.5% Seems to be filtered. Pale orange, clear, lightly sparkling, big foamy white head. Aroma is musty tangerine, sweet and syrupy. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, caramel, a little alcoholic, some marmalade. This is fine. I’ve had similar beers with a 3.8 average. The naff marketing probably has an impact.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (4981) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 Bottle at Chriso easter tasting. Thanks to Daniel. Clear bright golden orange. Aroma is diacetyl, caramel toffee, little apple. Flavour is composed of spicy cinnamon, apple, caramel M toffee. Flavour is pretty good, sweet caramel, apple, toffee, Palate is sweet, moderate carbonation. Lingering toast and jammy fruits. Ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4135) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 31, 2015
Amber body and medium head. Sweet malts, sticky fruit, grapes, pine tree. Syrupy mouth feel, sweet Base and a bit short in the end for the abv. Sticky and sweet, just how I like my barley wine. Sure, you could add a lovely citrus hop layer, but it’s just fine as it is. Tasty and satisfying end if the night drink. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nihtila (1473) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
22.11.2014. Copper color. Sweet malty aroma, alcohol, syrup, ripe fruits. Taste is very sweet, caramel malts, ripe fruits, banana, sharp alcohol. Too sweet which dominates.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (3622) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 22, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear golden color. Medium size, white head, stays. Dusty, grainy, malty, sweetish, bit nutty aroma. Sweet, malty, caramel in taste. Harsh mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden, but it still feels boozy. Caramel malts in aftertaste.


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