Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 334   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Clear golden color. Pours an average head that fully diminishes. Sweet malty aroma. Initial sweet malty flavor balanced by a moderate alcohol finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (141) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pours a pale copper with a 2-finger head that slowly dissipates to quarter-inch foam. Fairly good retention. Aromas of caramel, alcohol, cinnamon, hops. Tastes of orange, ginger, cinnamon and maybe a hint of anise. Malty finish with citrus, yeast, and spice. Very light carbonation. Not bad. Points for high alcohol content (11.2%).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
crhensel (138) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Poured a light copper, with no noticeable head. The taste of the alcohol overpowered almost all other flavors. It hits you in the nose right our of the bottle and is very prevalent throughout the drink.. No real balance to speak of, but I was able to detect a little bit of a toffee and molasses flavor. Warming brought the alcohol out even more. I expected a bit of the bold flavor from an 11.2, but would have loved to see this aspect toned down a bit to let some of the other flavors shine. It is a rather sweet tasting beer, however and as a sipper spread over an evening might have some merit.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
poured a clear caramel color with no head whatsoever. aroma is caramel and a little bit floral. taste is caramel malts and booze and also a bit sweet. not finding anything particularly great about the beer but for the alcohol itís not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2009
2007 bottle. Poured to a clear, dark red-orange with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Nose is malt, dried apple and alcohol. Big malt taste with heavy alcohol flavor, maybe a little creamy. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edmajorjoe (80) - Vail, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Strong barley taste with a unique flavor for the palate. The color is amber red and has a short-lasting transparent head when poured. Overall, decent beer with a familiar taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2007 bottle says "Imperial Red Ale" not Barleywine. Pours a clear fizzy amber with almost no head. Aroma is mild with hints of cherry and molasses. Flavor is very sweet with lots of alcohol and a bit sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
falha (59) - - DEC 14, 2011
fruity, alcohol, very sweet, berry, liquer kind of imperial red ale. Good bad elf ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swong17 (58) - USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice burnt red without much head. Smells sweet with raisins and ripe red berries, backed by a lot of malt. Flavor was a bit simpler and thinner than other barleywines Iíve had. Sticky sweet with toffee, caramel, and some dark berries. Not usually a huge fan of barleywines, so Iím pretty lukewarm on this one, but not bad overall and can definitely see it be a nice drink by the fire after coming in from the cold.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rizk (36) - central florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
iím not quite sure what is insanely bad, the elf or the beer? medium to thick body, with a dark amber pour. headless and laceless. carmel fruity taste with a slight lingering alcohol

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