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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a hazy reddish copper with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting and had some pretty good streaks of lace. The aroma was very sweet with a strong dark fruit presence, some biscuit malts and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of honey, caramel, toffee and a mild white wine scent. The taste was extremely sweet and boldly malty with notes of honey and caramel from the onset with the finish being sweetly acidic and having a big note of dark fruit (raisins and plums), a bit of toffee and a decent white wine alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor stuck around for a nice long time after the swallow with a thick sweet fruity taste left to settle on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was just a few shades under medium in body with a light syrupy texture and a mild carbonation. Overall a boldly sweet Barleywine with a nice strong fruity presence...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wiedrzensky (793) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours is orange clear with thick, unstable white head. Aroma of malts, apple, winous, toast, fruity. Solid malty background, medium finish, touch of bitter notes. Heavy body, oily texture, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (818) - FINLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Kirkas, kuparinvärinen olut pienehköllä ja nopeasti katoavalla vaahdolla. Tuoksu runsaan maltainen ja karamellinen, hieman marjainen ja aavistuksen alkoholinen. Maku maltainen, karamellinen, viljainen ja hieman hedelmäinen ja mausteinen. Alkoholi puskee aika vahvasti läpi lämmittäen. Suutuntuma korkeintaan keskitäyteläinen. Jälkimaku alkoholinen ja kielen päällä mausteisen sekä alkoholisen poltteleva. Ei tämä ohraviini nyt ihan jalkoja alta vienyt, toki jos useamman ottaisi niin varmaan nopeastikin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1460) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2016
cognac i smagen, let sprit, ikke meget humle. En rigtig fin øl som helt klart skal smages.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gorgosh (432) - SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2016
Ärlighet varar längst och kallar man brygden "criminally bad" och lever upp till det är det konsumenten som ska ha dumstruten. Ett gigantiskt alkoholöverslag som mest troligt jagats fram med socker i bryggningen är ett recept på fiasko. Översöt och spritig, vilka malt- och humletoner som finns måste det till en blodhund för att utröna.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Light orange body with a minimal head. Aroma has weak raisins and some booze. Thin body and low hoppiness for the style ("It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity"). Sweet taste with old raisins and rather notable booziness. Sweet boozy finish with more white raisins. It’s clear that this weak body can’t support such ABV. Despite the price it feels industrial and tastes pretty cheap... ("silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work hobby in the first place").

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
swanmann (735) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2015
It pours honey orange color with a small amount of light beige head, quickly dissipating. Boozy aroma with orange, vanilla, caramel. Tastes of sweet caramel and a touch of syrupy fruit, orange, apricot. alcoholic warmth, some bread crust bitterness. Medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerseyjohn71 (297) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2015
caramel, nuts, resin, spruce, alcohol, raisin, licorice, amber, clear, frothy, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, lively, bitter,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DroolYeast (1095) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2015
From tap @ Basement Beer Bar Juleølsmagning. Sweet malty aroma, light hoppy, vinous. Clear amber colour, white head, not lasting. Heavy sweetness, alcohol sweetness. Full body, oily texture, avg. carb., sweet finish, moderate alcoholic feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (262) - USA - NOV 21, 2015
Caramel, burnt sugar, bread notes. Slightly cloudy with white head. Smooth and malty for such a potent barley wine. Decent beer.

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