Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 heís ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Small fizzy tan head that dissapates quickly to a thin ring. Lacing is minimal. Clear amber, deep copper color. Nose is fruity with raisins and cherries, notes of caramel, toffee and alcohol. Body is med/full almost syrupy on the palate. Caramel, toffee flavors, fruit, lightly earthy and woody, oaky with a warming, alcohol-y finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9548) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
12 oz bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of bread, carmel, alcohol and light spice. Palate was medium bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of carmel, fruittiness and light spice with a smooth warming semi sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Brew pours amber with a modest head and decent lacing. Aromas of sweet candy malts. Only medium nectar weight. I thought this would factor heavy with itís sweetness. Itís sweet yet not bad at all. A mild peachpit bittering component kicks in at the end keeping me in the mood. Simple, strong, and generous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harryís bottle. Dark ruby red/orange, very little head. Weird soapy fruity alcohol aroma. Tase is decent - booze, lots of malt, almost nutty. Thin. Drinkable. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Caramel and brown sugar aroma, weak touch of fruit and no sign of alcohol. Amber pour with a noisy soapy off-white head. Taste is sugary sweet, rather cloying, with the burn associated with a mild vodka. Light touch of fruit but really thereís little going on here. Full-bodied and slightly syrupy. Does remind slightly of DFH, but thereís no air of complexity....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (5979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear orange-amber with a small off-white head. Aromaís sweet and fruity along with malt, some hops and alcohol. Flavourís not bad: Sugary sweet with sweet malt, hops, alcohol and fruit. Alcoholís there but doesnít taste like 11.2%. Average bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Decent, definitely one of the better Ridgeway Elf beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Clear peach pour, smallish frothy white head. Very light aroma - sweet fruity malt, hint of oak, not all that boozy on the nose. Odd taste - very sugary and sweet, initially not boozy, but the alcohol soon builds until all Iím left with is peach jam and vodka. Watery, boozy, sharp on the palate - not all that great, really, thin and too strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 26, 2007
Enjoyed this with my special friend Allison. Initial nose of alcohol & hops. Later strawberries, melon, and kiwi, very fruity. Pours a sparkling copper. The off white stiff frothy head is average lasting and leaves light lace. The brew is almost as sweet as a mead on the first taste. The 11.2% abv smacks you in the face and provides a huge amount of warmth in the middle. The moderate acidity adds some zingy tartness to the finish. The full body is syrupy and lively. The finish feels both cloying and alcholic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is not what I would think of when smelling a barley wine. Very grainy with toasted and caramel malts, a little dark fruits, and some slight alcohol. Flavor starts off swee with the caramel and toasted malts, and the dark fruits. Finishes with some alcohol warming and a little bit of some bitterness. Itís alright but not really that good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
330 ml bottle from BevMo LaJolla. Looks like Iím going to be an against the grain rater on this one. Pours a bright, clear garnet amber with a medium off-white head that leaves a tracing of lace. Aroma of rich, fruity malts, fresh fig, blackberry, dried apricot,floral notes, mild citrus, alcohol, spice and caramel along with strawberry cream. Sweet and syrupy in the flavor, light caramel, and heavy fruit, orange liquer, alcohol warming, floral and somewhat herby hops in the finish. Full body, sticky with creamy carbonation. Not my typical barleywine preference, but given the style and intent, combined with a chilly night in front of the fireplace, itís pretty good.

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