Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (783) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marduk (3209) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyF (215) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2015
Flaska frĺn Saveur-biere. Ljust kopparfärgad med vitt skum. Doft av bröd och lite choklad. Söt och lite spritig med lite knäck.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tarmok (110) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 11, 2015
liquid light brown, foam white fastly disapering, smells little like fried potatoes and alcohol. taste is to sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ken1 (1064) - DENMARK - JAN 8, 2015
Aroma: fruity sweet and alcoholic warm. Flavour: sweet and dark berries with alcoholic warmth and a creamy mouthfeel. Colour: dark amber with an off white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopfenWeisse (1193) - - JAN 3, 2015
Clear golden amber with medium head. Aroma is fruity and booze. Flavor is malt, boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (125) - FINLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear amber gold with low head. Aroma is barley, caramel and cinnamon. Full bodied with nice palate. Taste is barley, bread, cardamom and soft biscuits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3563) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Copper colour with no head. Aroma is sweet with some sugar and bread dough. A very sweet and warming taste. Fairly boozy. A bit unrefined.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (475) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Borostyán testén alig észrevehető hab képződik, a karácsonyi manók italának újabb darabja nem sokat bíbelődik a kifinomultsággal. Likőrös, mézes illatai nem sok jót sejtetnek az édesszájútól távol állók számára, meglehetősen visszafogott teltségű szerkezete lényegében minden mélységet nélkülöz, különféle cifra bevezetés és elgondolkodtató komplexitás helyett rögvest arcul csap minket az ingatag lábakon álló maláta-alap által cipelt tonnányi édesítőanyag jelenléte. Az édességnek sajnos nemigen tesz jót, ha nincs mögötte tartalom, ezt a tételt ez esetben csak az ünnepi hangulat elnéző meghittsége írhatja felül azzal, hogy mindinkább a sör bohókás jellegét domborítja ki. Mézes-narancsos kakaóporhoz borókabogyós fűszerezettség társul, édessége lehengerlő, a szirupos kortyok azonban befogadásra találhatnak minden téli hangulatra szomjazó torkon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erling1000 (184) - - DEC 20, 2014
A copper coloured Barley Wine Style Ale with high white head. Aroma is vineous, malty. Taste is bitter and light sweet. Pretty strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Cask at Churchkey. Poured a golden color, with a small white head. Aroma is boozy malts, some light earthy citrus, dirty. Light spices. Corn, heat. Total meh unfortunately. It’s like these beers get progressively worse as they get higher in alcohol.

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