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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (780) - 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...


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (1439) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Clear orange with a medium sized diminishing off white head. Candy, golden raisins, figs, caramel, over ripe banana. Medium/full body, oily/sticky texture, medium/heavy sweet and bitter, medium alcohol presence, oily/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. I guess it’s a decent and fair priced barley wine.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (217) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
caramel, banana, resin aromas from hazy golden amber body thin foamy white head. tastes yeasty quite sweet but with some alcoholic warmth. it would have been better at chrimbo rather than the middle of summer but i think its alright!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ComradeK (992) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear rich amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts reasonably well and leaves a little lacing. The aroma, weirdly, is almost hefeweizen-like, dominated by yeasty banana notes, although some toffee and fruitcake hints sneak through. Spicy hops up front mix with sweetly spicy yeast. Plum pudding, butterscotch and warm alcohol appear in the mid-palate, with more banana yeast leading into a boozy fruitcake finish. It leaves a lingering hot alcohol feel. I’m not a big fan of this one. It has some good flavours in there, but it is far too yeast-dominated for a barleywine, and hides its 10.5% alcohol very poorly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2035) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a deep amber, with a white head. Complex, malty, caramelly aroma, toffee, dried fruit, walnuts, almonds, lightly yeasty, hints of chocolate. Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, caramelly taste, hops, raisins, dried apricot, madeira, yeast. Quite rich, a real sipper. (2014-01-24)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (2315) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Flaske med dansk pantemerke, på hytta til Sigmund april-14: paneldeltajerne viser tegn til tretthet og stavefeilene blir hyppigere. Litt for skarp i kanten.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5157) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours clear dar reddish/amber with a tiny white head. Aroma is light sweet, dark malty. Taste is light sweet, dark red fruits and berries,rather short and dry aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (702) - NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Pale amber. Dence and persistent off-white head. Sweetness, hops and some oak in aroma. and taste. Well-balanced.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Sweetish aroma, notes of malt sugar and molasses. Medium sweet flavour, some fruit and noticeable hops to make it drinkable, if I were not drunk already.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aenima (244) - Askim, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
A little weak aroma of caramel and raisin. The taste is very thin despite the high abv. Mostly light caramel. A little over carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
liinis (1552) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Strong flavoured and excellent warmer for a cold winter day. This series or elf beers is just right


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