Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
uhclem (380) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a nice copper with a thin, insubstantial head. Minimal lacing. Strong toffee nose. Taste was very sweet. Heavy mouthfeel - left a slickness behind. The haevy alcohol content is well disguised at the front of the mouth, but after swallowing I felt like I had done a shot of hard liquor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottled. Poured a brilliant coppery-orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was quite like the other Bad Elf beers, with strong, boozy caramel, toffee, and darker fruits.. herbal and rather metallic notes accent, but it remained OK. The flavor was over-the-top sharp with a primarily caramel, lesser toffee, and some dark fruits at the core.. metallic and herbal accents, and heavy fusel boozage especially at the back.. dry at the finish with more caramel. Sharp and thick-bodied on the palate with too much overt alcohol. I did not care for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a very bright red with quickly dissapating fizzy offwhite head. Aroma reminds me of candy apples. Flavor starts very sweet like molases or toffee then fades into slight tart fruitiness then finishes with big hop-alcohol presence. Overall, best of the bunch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Sweet candy and brown sugar aroma. Loads of malts, caramel and cherry cordials. Color is a bright mahagony orange. Sweet, flavor. Very sweet with lots of candied fruits and brown sugar. This is just a sweet syrupy mess. Starts sweet, finishes sweet and it sweet in the middle. Noty a very good brew and not a good BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehurt01 (262) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
A 11.2 oz bottle. The high alc/vol makes the need of a made on date pointless. The beer poured a deep red with a fizzy cream head. a light citrus smell. The taste is so smooth with a light sweetness. Little lacing with good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A pretty funky aroma, almost wine-like. This si pretty nice. Some good hop character balanced well enough. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle pours redish amber with no head or lace. The aroma has English hops showing through - quite fruity. Wow, the flavor hits you with the dark fruits. There is a sour linger. The palate is thick. The alcohol start to shine through a bit much. Overall, pretty warming. Needs to be colder than 25F to enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Unexpected Crisp Hoppy English Red Ale. Smooth despite big EtOH. Good but not worth the $5.99 each price tag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
11.2oz Bottle: Nice reddish copper body, no head. Alcohol on the first whiff, some dark fruit hanging around. Has a syrupy feel, coats the tongue. Dark fruits, alcohol, tastes mirrors the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7212) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2007
0.33L bottle pours a clear deep copper with quickly dissipating white head. In under a minute there was no evidence there had even been a head. The aroma is mostly a load of dark fruity esters like prunes, figs and cherries. The rest of the nose seems to be alcohol. It isn’t too bad though. The taste is as fruity as the nose with a wide load of cherries, red apples, figs, over ripe plums and some vague spice (maybe cinnamon). About midway a mild caramel candy note is noticed along with faint malt roastiness. At the finish the alcohol wells up and threatens to take control of the flavor with mild hotness and smooth inviting warmth.

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