Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 336   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikedR (1273) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Not a red ale. This is a barley wine. Pours beautiful enough; ruby-infused copper color. But the aroma is pure alcohol, as is the taste. The ABV is only 11.2%, so more taste should be easy to come by. As a barley wine, it's below average. As a red ale -- imperial or otherwise -- a failure. Bad elf indeed! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Caytinator (959) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2013
12oz bottle. 2011 Vintage. Honey-colored, big bubbles, clear, light lacing. A lackluster effort, in my opinion. Yet, I am SO biased towards this style, it’s not in me to rate it less than 2.8. Cloyingly sweet, also bitter, lacking complexity. I hated the first taste, but it grows on you...a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2147) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours a copper-golden color with whisps of bubbles for white head. Cherry, syrupy sweet boozey aroma. A sweet booze-bomb...some cherry sweetness but definitely boozy. Probably will know me on my a$s this late at night.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle, pours a bright golden aroma is sweet and flavour is fairly light for a barley wine, it has a sweet finish. A good body and it is was enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doghair (258) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Nice red color with white foam. Lots of caramel and malt in the aroma. Taste is sweet and cloying. Fruity with a finish I can’t describe. It makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Minimal to no carbonation. I really didn’t enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5777) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2013
33 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Kahdet Kasvot. Rated on 15.01.2010
Aroma has English hops, some toffee, grainy notes and alcohol. Flavour has stinging alcohol, English hops, hay, some grainy notes, toffee and hints of caramel. An English strong ale with booze added.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1139) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $1.99 Very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillHick420 (429) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
2009. Pours deep amber, nose of fruit and some alcohol. Fruits grapefruit, caramel, molasses, some hops detected. Enjoyable, unique, but misses something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1524) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
LOOKS THIN! Orange but almost yellow from the thinness. Aroma is strong, sweet, hoppy, and alcoholic. Like candy. Light-bodied, but full on the palate. Strong ABV dominates the finish... extremely soft and pakcs a big punch! Man, this is 20 times better than Bad Elf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fantti (712) - FINLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Kaatuu lasiin punertavan kultaisena ja kirkkaana hyvin niukalla ja isokuplaisella vaahdolla, joka vetäytyy saman tien reunoille jättäen reunuksen. Haju on pähkinäinen ja siirappisen makea, ja siitä puskee alkoholi pahasti läpi. Karamellia ja marjaakin löytyy myös tuoksuttelemalla. Maku on hyvin makea, jopa ällömakea. Siinä on myös vahva pähkinäisyys ja alkoholi jälleen tulee mukaan tasaten makeutta. Suutuntuma on lämmittävä, hieman katkerahko ja melko täyteläinen. Hyvin brittivaikutteinen barley wine, jossa alkoholiprosenttia ei ole saatu pidettyä piilossa. Toisaalta se tasaa hyvin makeutta, pari prosenttia kevyempänä tämä voisi olla ällömakea. Tasapainoinen olematta tasapainoinen.

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