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%
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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 heís 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (15610) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Appearance is glow-in-the-dark orange, very clear, minimal head that evaporates in seconds, and scant lacing. Smell is butterscotch and caramel. Taste is strong alcohol, scotch, and sweet dark fruit. Slight edge of bitterness and a dryish finish. Strength is too obvious, so drinking it is a bit of a chore.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (15188) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14980) - 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 donít know if I like this or not. A bit single minded and not very subtle. Maybe just a bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14702) - HÝjbjerg, 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (13816) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13789) - 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. Itís a pretty heavy beer, but still pretty nice. Decent drinkability given the high ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (13502) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (13157) - GŲteborg, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (12498) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12294) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
"Vintage 2007". Aroma of caramel and reddish stone fruits. Clear reddish color with a white head that didnít last. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is caramel, fruity (cherry or berry), and a little alcohol. The finish is dryish and a woodiness tends to build. Not getting much hop. The heat starts to be noticeable. Something like sultana appears. Might be a bit of date. Doesnít seem so dry as a bit ago. Itís a good sipper.

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