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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!"


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2008
not as good as i was hoping. The aroma was too pungent, and the flavor was a bit too full of hops for a barely wine creating a bitter flavor. The color was nice with a dark red pour with moderate head. Not too bad for the alc. content.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (654) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2015 Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours clear amber with a minimal head. The aroma features dried fruitiness, caramel, toffee and syrupy maltiness – gives extremely sweet vibes. Taste is heavily sweet – plenty of fruits, berries and caramel – and in the finish slightly bitter, definitely more malt- than hop-driven. Alcohol appears towards finish; the alcohol levels of this beer are not hidden very well. The palate is medium bodied and sticky, could be a bit fuller bodied. A warming British Barley Wine that is a bit flawed.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Copper pour with little to no carbonation or head. Aroma of dried fruits and cinnamon. Flavor was malty, semi sweet and caramel, with hint of dark fruits. ABV very well masked. Better classification would be strong ale or barleywine though, as there was nothing red ale about this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Reddish amber pour no head. Aroma is mild of sweet malt and faint cough syrup. This is warming semi boozey and fruity. Sticky finish. $3 a bottle I had to try it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
twindadplus2 (640) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Clear light reddish amber with a thin film of a head. Aroma of toffee, dry wine and a hint of apple skins. Flavor is thick, creamy toffee malt and an alcoholic bite. Full bodied with dry, fruity finish. A bit intense for a barley wine but it’s good and mellowing for a cold winter night.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rauchbierlover (638) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2013
Copper body with a thin vanishing white head. Sweety and malty aroma. Taste is a bit fruity, malty, then comes the alcohol.

1.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Insanely Bad Elf is insanely bad beer. There’s a severe disconnect between what the Brits and us Yanks consider an Imperial Red, and this horrid pint before me proves that we’ve trumped those limey bastards once again. The flavor is molasses and vanilla and sugar and alcohol and burn. I’m assuming the elf on the label is being punished for this beer’s production. (12/9/08)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
Clear amber with a thing cream colored head. Interesting eggnog, holidays smell. Sweet without being thick flavor. A bit of a medicine flavor, but not unpleasant. Reminds me of an after dinner wine, something to drink with chocolate. Light carbonation. It is just so different that I would not mind serving this to a friend as something our of the ordinary. Amazing how little of the alcohol comes through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 From the bottle on New years eve. Poured a very translucent light red color. Almost no head. Looked almost watered down. Smell was sweet, light fruit and tiny hop presence. Taste was at first very reminscent of a tripel, slightly confusing, sweet with sugars and tropical fruit, some spice as well. A little thin, but nothing horrible. I think the biggest points were taken off for appearance.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adster (603) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Kitöltéskor borostyán színben úszik, igen tiszta, átlátszó, habja tört fehér. Mindeközben pedig alig győzzük csodálni, amint a Mikulás édességes zsákjának aromái köszönnek vissza ahhoz hasonlóan változatos jelleggel: illatos cukorkák, mézes alma, karamell és fenyőág, valamint - gondolva a felnőttekre - egy izmos mennyiségű likőrösség. Félő, hogy kissé talán túl sok lesz ez így, ezért óvatosan kortyolunk bele. Azt azonban már az első, szánkban történő megforgatása alatt leszögezhetjük, hogy óvatosságunk nem volt hiábavaló. A sziruposság óriásléptékben közelít, olajosan, meglehetősen mérsékelt szénsavtartalomba ágyazva, és mint az lenni szokott, az első kortyok lenyelése után válik megítélhetővé végül a karácsonyi süteményestál-jellegének kicsengése. Az mindenesetre sokat segít rajta, hogy a komló fenyős, gyantás karaktere megpróbálja kissé karcosítani a desszertszerű képet, ám összességében igencsak instabil az édességgyár szerkezete. Vannak kortyok, amelyek során határozottan összeszedettnek véljük a kompozíciót, legtöbbször azonban a porcukros szirupfolyam komótos, de ellenállhatatlan sodrása ragad el mindent, s az ember csak arra gondolhat, karácsonykor megengedhet magának egy mártózást benne.


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