Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 389   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö
Amber color; medium head. The aroma is initially malty and fruity, but it doesn’t last. Good body strength, round mouthfeel; sweet caramel flavor, with correct bitterness and light fruitness. Not as malty as a Barley Wine should be, it’s more a sweeter and fruiter version of Strong Ale; no thrills, but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle at home in Salisbury, shared with brother Charlie. Vintage 2007. Pours clear, glowing amber with a soft, creamy off-white head. Sweet malts, fruits, apple, faint caramel nose. Big sweet flavor, sugary bread, caramel, ripe fruits, like berries, mild booze, faint leaves. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, sticky and warm finish, ripe fruits, fruit liqueur, cake, rich bread, alcohol, apples, and toasted sugar. It’s a pretty heavy beer, but still pretty nice. Decent drinkability given the high ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16587) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2011
33cl bottle from The Bottle Shop, Canterbury. Clear deep deep amber colour, with thin off white head. Aroma of hot alcohol and syrupy light malts and some hop. Yes, a typical Uk Christmas barley wine, in that there is plenty of crystallised citrus fruit. Better in mouth than I expected from the aroma and the finish is pretty good too. Drank it with Waitrose millionaires shortbread to combat the sweetness which worked well and highlighted the fruit and hops in this beer. I just don’t know if I like this or not. A bit single minded and not very subtle. Maybe just a bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (16554) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Orange/amber color, ok head. Sweet and with too much alcohol. Some nice things in there, but alcohol gets in the way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Almost clear in the glass, golden in color and with a dense, finger-thick beige head. The aroma is one the malty side, with alcohol and a touch of acetone. Some piney hints. The flavor is pretty sweet, with caramel maltyness, bready hints, alcohol and acetone. Full body with alcohol warmth. Lasting finish. Too much alcohol in this one. Not particularly good actually. 141213

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16066) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle from Liva. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet and syropy with fruits, caramel, malt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (15773) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle from Voldby. Vintage 2011. Clear reddish amber with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, heavy alcohol, dried fruit and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Light dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 071212

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (15523) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2010
Bottled 330ml (Alko, BB 11/2020)
The final elf? Beer is pale amber colored with good white head. Aroma has light apple fruityness and alcohol, like in the quality Russian strong lagers. Medium to full bodied. Powerful alcohol in the front, then some licorice, marmalade and red apples. Long lingering bitter alcohol in the finish. Yes, it is a real winter warmer but a bit too much even ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (14132) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark amber with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, little toffee and notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, medium sweet with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (14044) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from trade with Hermod, many thanks! (2012 Vintage Ale) Fast klare orangegoldene Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch intensiv süß malzig, holzg, reifes Obst, Vanille, alkoholisch. Geschmack süß, holzig, sehr reife Früchte, mild, Vanille, alkoholisch, schwer trinkbar!

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