Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 363   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 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 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 (7230) - 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 (385) - 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 (7280) - 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 (2413) - 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 (4755) - 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.

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