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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
The aroma is yeasty with pine, malt, and caramel. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Wonderful, fantastic. Not too heavy on the palate front but it has great malts with dark syrup flavor. High Alcohol makes this great to drink on a cool rainy afternoon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (8637) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Copper beer with a thin off-white head. Malty, light plum fruit aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with plum, brown sugar and backing lemony citrus. Medium-plus body. Lingering brown sugar, sweet malt. Way too sweet, almost cloying. Needs time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
From bottle : Pours a clear, carbonated brown with serious red highlights. Develops a late head, about a finger width of white foamy, then dies back down in the following minute or so. Sweet malts dominate the nose, with alcohol getting the rest. The elf may be insanely bad, but the most insane thing about this baby is the sweetness, my god. Very sweet, right from the beginning, malts and a little bit of hop action, then a good amount of alcohol presents itself on the tail end. This is for sure a sipper. Its nothing special but ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
This barleywine pours a deep brown amber color from a 33cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel malts, candi sugar and alcohol. A medium bodied barleywine. The malts are caramel and sweet. The hops are floral and earthy. There is a lot of sweetness and a whole bunch of alcohol. If you can get past that, it’s a fairly drinkable beer. The alcohol lets you know its there, but not in a overly aggressive way. The balance is OK, and the carbonation is just about right. This is the best f the ‘elf’ beers Ive had this year. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a bunch of alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 15, 2008
Pours a moderate amber with an off white head. The head is small but good however it quickly goes away. Aroma is malty but faint and has little hops. Flavor is malty and with a noticible alcohol note. Mouthfeel is syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Nearly clear darker amber, moderate to small head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel, toffee, somewhat fruity. Medium bodied, sweet finish. No complexity. Not quite insanely bad, but close.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2008
12oz bottle. Aroma had more alcohol than anthing else but good sweet plumb fruit. Amber body with decent head that disipated. Thick chewy malt and yeasty bread flavor. Also a fruity sweetness laquers the palate. Alcohol in aroma isn’t as noticable in flavor which was good. Good sipping brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3639) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
12 ounce bottle purchased from a BevMo. I forget which one it was...either Arden Way or Vacaville. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity with some berry-like aromas. I get some strawberries in here. A bit of ethanol is present retronasally. Pretty fruity, floral stuff that is quaffable. Transparent copper-amber color with a small, quickly dissipating, wispy off-white head. Minimal lacing. Sweet, sugary, fruity, lightly vinous start. A bit cloying. Has some warming ethanol burn a bit later with some toasted and roasted nutty maltiness. Virtually no hops here. I find this a nicely-done English-style barleywine. I can see how some would think this is too sweet and cloying, though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2008
12 oz. bottle I received as a gift for Christmas. Pours a clear orange copper with a moderate, sudsy off-white head that disappeared after about one-third of a glass. Aroma of sweet malt that is smelling way to sweet. Almost sickly sweet. The flavor confirms it, the sweetenss is similar to rotting fruit. I like sweet beers, but the sweetenss in this beer is gross. There is a bit of malt present and some hops bitterness at the finish, but the sickly sweetness dominates this beer. Syrupy, cloying mouthfeel. Clever labelling, bad beer.

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