Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robertjm (799) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Opened bottle and there was hardly any fizz. Not a good sign. Started pouring and still no head, but then one appeared albeit very short lived. VERY pretty light ruby red color. Almost like a watered down cabernet!! Aroma is not very promising. Smells like it has bottle infection. Flavor? Very alcoholy with sourness in it. Now I read the RB description of this being a barley wine. Explains the lousy head a little more. Mouthfeel is way sticky thick. Would be interesting to know what the Final Gravity of this was before it was carbonated. Very slight warming on the back of the throat. I thought I’d sampled this at the Concord, CA BEVMO, but must not have as would’ve remembered this. UPDATE: Deceptive level of alcohol. Feeling a little buzzed after just one bottle? Not heavily, just a little. Also, after its warmed a little the sourness seems to have left the glass so I’m raising the rating a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Nice beer. Tastes more like a barley wine than an Imperial Red, so I’m glad to see RB has it characterized as such. This beer is virtually identical to the Criminally Bad Elf, except the aroma is noticeably more pleasant, with some cherries, hops, and tart apples in the nose. The beautiful appearance and nice palate remain, with the flavor about the same with the slight alcohol warmth gain from the extra alcohol. Overall a nice beer, but with thousands of other options out there I wouldn’t buy it again only because it rates low in my book for a barley wine, hence the .084 style percentile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Fiery orange, translucent, moderate fizzy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Pale rubbery malt aroma, not bad but certainly not flattering.   Some slight woody aspects.   Sweet malty start, and... thats about it.   Warming, but not all that alcoholic for 11.2%.   A little biting on the backside, rough.   Moderate body, mouthfeel is a little sticky.   Really, this just isn’t all that interesting except for the fact that it certainly doesn’t seem like a 11.2% beer.   Not overly sweet, but tiz getting up there.   Meh...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Like the sweetest brown you ever had. Or maybe the sweetest barleywine conceivable by man. Sugarwater, overripe pear and smoked malt (barely) come through here. Not unlike Lagunitas’ Brown Shugga. The smoothest 11% beer I have ever seen or heard of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2007
From a 12oz. bottle purchased at Edelweiss in PDX, Oregon--Poured a deep clear mahogany-chestnut-amber body with barely any head. Boozy would be an understatement. This beer is over the top boozy and sweet. A little too much so for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (7682) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
This copper ale poured with a thin off-white head, eliciting a fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet candy and fruit with a malt base and an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Poured a clear reddish amber with trails of bubbles streaming towards the thin off-white head. The aroma is candy like and malty with notes of fruit, sugar and even hops. The flavor malty and sweet with fruity and earthy notes. Medium to full bodied smooth and sweet. Some warmth but very well hidden alcohol. The beer isn’t bad at all. I actually would buy this again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
uhclem (398) - 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 (7387) - 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.

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