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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 390   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!"


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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adster (641) - 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.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
The Etruscan (607) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 3, 2008
Light beige fast disappearing head. Deep amber-copper colour. Aroma is malty with caramel, nuts and light alcohol notes. Flavor is malty too with light caramel and raisins tones, ending in a moderately malty and slightly nutty finish. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (600) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Very good brew. Nice brown color, not much head. Very sweet, fig flavor. Sweetness of a barley bine but it didn’t have the bitterness they typically have.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
pours a clear orange, no head mild aroma of cotton candy and a bit of alcohol warm alcohol flavor, and sugar, but not much else; i mean really pretty devoid of any flavor at all oily texture, though not very thick

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours red/gold. Intense aroma - rye, carraway, barley. Excellent barley wine. Hoppy, sweet, mellow. Deep satisfying flavor. Perfect winter warmer.


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