Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4871) - 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 (7464) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (2001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Deep golden colour, sweet alcoholic hop aroma, thick mouth feel, slight alcoholic burn and a dry long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Big aroma, with caramel, floral hops, and a dash of spice. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet start on the taste: brown sugar, molasses, toffee, but eventually yields to peaches and tea. The hops re-appear for the semi-dry finish. I can’t see this one getting better over the years, but who khows?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (3957) - - DEC 14, 2007
man...i have to drink through one more of these. pours reddish amber with no head. aroma of caramel , hops, and white wine. flavor is very sweet with lots of toffee. a little bit of alcohol shows through. sticky. actually better than the rest of the elf series i struggled with last year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6728) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), trace hops (flowers), with notes of candy sugar and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. One wish I would have this holiday season is that Ridgeway would stop doing the elf series. There’s just no subtlety or depth to these beers. Sugary, syrupy, sweet, and simple. Boring to smell, difficult to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The beer departs the 330ml bottle a crystalline golden amber with a smallish creamy white head that erodes quickly leaving a thin coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a malt sweet aroma, a bit of alcohol also present, a tad bit of hops, spicy and earthy, crisp and pleasant. Start is sweet with a nice malt profile, alcohol bitter at the back with a medium feel. Finish has a stern acidity, the hops present, but overpowered by the 11.20 ABV, dry sweet aftertaste, and a definite tummy warmer this one, and a real “Hoot”!

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