Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - APR 2, 2010
Aroma is alcohol with some malts. Head is quickly disappearing and has a red hue. Some caramel malts but mostly alcohol. Palate is all alcohol. Not a particularly well balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenkopf (172) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Smells of malt, hops and caramel apples. Not just any caramel apple, but the type that comes around in October and sits in your refrigerator until Thanksgiving. It’s still good, if not slightly better because it’s slightly browned with a bit of crystalization in the caramel. This aroma promises something interesting and it pays off. The head is off-white and short lived, though the brew is the color of raspberry tea. The taste is very busy, sending one’s tastebuds in a whirl. After much deliberation, I detected apricot, cherry, apple, caramel and rich malt. This is a bizarre little number and quite challenging for those that do not like fruity beers. This one is fruity and rich, but I could have put down a few more because it is smooth. Despite the powerful flavor, it is relatively kind on the palate. There’s a bit of carbonation burn on the tongue, but it balances with a smooth oiliness. Considering that the brew is a hefty 11.2% abv, there is little in the way of alcohol burn or sourness. That takes some craftiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2009
gross, not an enjoyable beer in the least. I would not recommend at all. At least it kicks hard enough to reward you for finishing this crap

   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 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 it’s not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (105) - 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.

   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.

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