Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 363   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
2007 bottle served in a clear pint glass. The aroma was malts and caramel, with a taste that was much the same. The high ABV was so well masked that I didn’t know it was there till I felt my chest warm afterwards. I’ve never drank a Red Ale before, but this was an enjoyable beer. I picked one up off the bargain shelf for $2.99 ... I wish I would have grabbed an extra bottle or two at that price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicowv (472) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Nice caramel color and syrupy appearance that reminds one of scotch whiskey. Smells strongly of apple cider and other sweet smells. Alcohol flavor is intense and even burns a little as it goes down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. RIBE pours ruby, clear and nearly headless. The nose is sweet and malty. The flavor is very sweet like cherry cough syrup and corn-based sweetener. The body is very thick and cloying. The alcohol stays with the soft tissues in your mouth in a pleasant way. As the beer warms up the hops make a muted appearance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JAN 30, 2009
1/9 taste of a ’07 bottle. Burnt toast flavor over a sweet barley wine/red ale mix. Malt and candy-sugar heavy. More cons than pros. Hope to never taste it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (442) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
honey and licorice aromas, appear amber with a small head. great sweet and bitter taste, and a fine palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillHick420 (438) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours red and transparent with virtually no head. Nose is weak and has a bit of generic sweet malt, a little white sugar, and mild hops. Flavor is also weak and mostly bready with virtually no hops. Alcohol comes out big time and isn’t terribly pleasant. Somewhat drinkable but way too expensive for the low flavor quality. This IS NOT a barley wine, IMO, but more like an imperial red ale (as the bottle says).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (424) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
Blonde/rousse/rouge, pas de mousse au versage, mais elle apparaît petit à petit alimentée par un tas de petites bulles qui s’extraient doucement du liquide, très étrange. Puis quand on goûte, on comprend mieux, le corps est très dense, même pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal à s’échapper de cette mélasse. Pour le reste, c’est moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche très sucrée, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBlueSky93 (401) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Bier Huis. Pours orange, thick gloopy, orange, no head really, probably the most viscous I’ve ever seen a brew be. Smells like a Christmas Pudding. Dark Fruits, Raisins, Plums, Caramel, Toffee. Like drinking Treacle, its that thick. Initial plums, cherries, raisins, caramel, toffee, port, blackberries, touch of fizz, very fruity. Breadiness too. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (400) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Apple’s in caramel, cherries, alcohol. App: clear copper with small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, oily medium to high sweetness. Soft carbonation. Sweet alcohol finish. Overall: we definitely can feel the alcohol on it’s way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.

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