Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2008
33 cl, 2007 vintage. Clear and reddish-copper with a small, fleeting head. Raisins, brown sugar, and rum on the nose. Flavor is spiced dark fruit, alcohol, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. Big warming alcohol finish. Medium body is tingly and dry with alcohol and spiciness. Nice flavors, but they are dominated a bit much by the alcohol for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
330ml Bottle - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Deep barley wine aroma.
Appearance – Dark Amber in color, Light head and clear.
Flavor – A nice drinking Barley wine this was easy and smooth with a nice balance of malts and spices.
Palate – Decent Mouthfeel, nice texture with a good dry finish.
Overall – A easy drinking Barley wine with some good off flavors and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/16/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta

Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: heavy malt aroma with a sticky fruity sweetness and light earthyness,
Body: sticky body,
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice sweet fruity character, light earthy bitterness adds a touch of balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Well said, this is insanely bad, well maybe not insanely, but this is not the greatest beer I have ever put in my mouth. Has a slightly coppery metallic spice flavor but very sweet and malty, almost to the point of being cloying with very present alcohol all the way through.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
they did a good job on naming the beer...it is insanely bad. Ok, maybe not that bad but it certainly wasn’t good. It pours with a deep red-amber body topped by a thin to medium thick, off-white head with some lacing left behind. It’s cloyingly sweet and malty with anote of slightly rotten fruit, some alcohol esters as well as a very slight not of christmas spices. Full bodied and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Floridadude (5) - USA - MAY 18, 2008 does not count
Poured a nice amber / copper color, no head to speak of. Malty, sweet, not an everyday beer for me but worth a try of you like this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Pours a transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramely malt with some light fruity esters. Body starts with decent fullness and sweet caramel malty sugars with some warming alcohol toward the finish. Doesn’t quite have the complexity of a Thomas Hardy’s or J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, but is pretty true to style for an English Barley Wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rizk (36) - central florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
i’m not quite sure what is insanely bad, the elf or the beer? medium to thick body, with a dark amber pour. headless and laceless. carmel fruity taste with a slight lingering alcohol

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
The Etruscan (629) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 3, 2008
Light beige fast disappearing head. Deep amber-copper colour. Aroma is malty with caramel, nuts and light alcohol notes. Flavor is malty too with light caramel and raisins tones, ending in a moderately malty and slightly nutty finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
12 oz. bottle in trade from Snojerk321- poured transparent amber tan, very low carbonation, white ring around the glass for a head with no lacing, aroma of candy sour apples comes to mind when given several sniffs. HIs the mouth with a medium body, alot of sweetness hits from the start to the middle- kind of like syrup, finish has definate warming effect- alcohol is very well hidden. Drinkable, but something just seems off...

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