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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle: Dark golden with no real head, Scents of sweet and fruitiness, a little caramel apple scent going on. Flavor is dark fruits, sweetness, burnt sugar, and hints of the higher abv. Nothing to terribly exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3790) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle pours a clear sparklineg amber. Very small leeting off whie head. Sweet carmel aroma with brown sugar. Light for a BW. Sweet and little bittering. Very lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and copper/orange color. Aroma is light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic. Taste is syrupy/slick and alcohol up front, moves to light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic hops, some cherry. OK carbonation. Somewhat unusual. Occasional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. RIBE pours ruby, clear and nearly headless. The nose is sweet and malty. The flavor is very sweet like cherry cough syrup and corn-based sweetener. The body is very thick and cloying. The alcohol stays with the soft tissues in your mouth in a pleasant way. As the beer warms up the hops make a muted appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep golden-amber color. Small but persistent head. Nice lace down the glass. Aroma is malty, caramelly, with notes of licorice and hints of soft alcohol. Flavor is a very nice malt sweetness, with significant licorice liquor character. Very sweet, but not cloying. Aftertaste is pleasant sweetness, but balanced by the dryness of the alcohol. By far the best of the Elf series!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (6720) - 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 (5499) - 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 (1098) - 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 (5294) - 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 (13235) - 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.

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