Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
Bottle conditioned, Special;
Imperial Red Ale
"My goodness", muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, "the restrictive outerwear, the padded room-even padded Christmas tree ornaments. Horrifying! Yet the little chap seems happier than he’s ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Brown / orange body that is almost carbonation free. Aroma is delightful but somewhat subdued. It is fruity and malty. Oh my, is this beer full of alcohol!! It is also quite sweet and tasty with citrus, cherry cough syrup, and alcohol. I like this beer but am a sucker for a sweet beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4824) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Pours amber into a snifter. White head quickly subsides to hug rim. Sour cinnamon and alcohol aromas. Sticky and full with alcohol front to back. Lasting sour burning citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DenverLogan (866) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Copper, small head. Very strong and swet in aroma and tasty, raisins. Notes of honey dew melon, toothpaste, cinnamon schnapps with significant carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5174) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2008
I must be insane to pay this much for a bottle of a beer with such low expectations. Medium amber colored body with a yellowish khaki head. The aroma is massive amaretto with some toffee. There is also old library books and leather. These smells are presented in an inviting way. The taste is another story. This is disgustingly sweet, with lots of cheap caramel candy and cherry cough drops. There is a strongly alcoholic finish with some macadamia nuts, but it’s hidden behind the incredible sweetness. A strange beer in that the aroma is quite enjoyable at the same time that this has a poor flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (12120) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(33cl bottle) Small beige head that almost wholly dissipates atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is sweet, caramel, cherry, light raisin, grapefruit. Taste is treacly sweet, cherry, caramel, some alcohol, medicinal (cherry). Full body, some syrup, low carbonation. When I drive I assiduously avoid looking at trainwrecks, but with the Ridgeway Elf (and even Xmas generally) series, I find myself compelled to try each one, despite the near certainty that I’ll be disappointed. Sadly, no surprises with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
The aroma is yeasty with pine, malt, and caramel. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Wonderful, fantastic. Not too heavy on the palate front but it has great malts with dark syrup flavor. High Alcohol makes this great to drink on a cool rainy afternoon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Copper beer with a thin off-white head. Malty, light plum fruit aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with plum, brown sugar and backing lemony citrus. Medium-plus body. Lingering brown sugar, sweet malt. Way too sweet, almost cloying. Needs time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
From bottle : Pours a clear, carbonated brown with serious red highlights. Develops a late head, about a finger width of white foamy, then dies back down in the following minute or so. Sweet malts dominate the nose, with alcohol getting the rest. The elf may be insanely bad, but the most insane thing about this baby is the sweetness, my god. Very sweet, right from the beginning, malts and a little bit of hop action, then a good amount of alcohol presents itself on the tail end. This is for sure a sipper. Its nothing special but ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
This barleywine pours a deep brown amber color from a 33cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, candi sugar and alcohol. A medium bodied barleywine. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are floral and earthy. There is a lot of sweetness and a whole bunch of alcohol. If you can get past that, it’s a fairly drinkable beer. The alcohol lets you know its there, but not in a overly aggressive way. The balance is OK, and the carbonation is just about right. This is the best f the ‘elf’ beers Ive had this year. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a bunch of alcohol.

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