Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 336   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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Brownish pour, light tan head. Malty sweet, caramel, dark buckwheat pancakes, sticky. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
Very xmassy spice, big nose. A fuller mouthfeel for a cask, Cask Days 2013. A sipper really. Change of pace but dangerously high abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8560) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
33 cL bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear red color with a thin head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus, green apple, other fruits and nuts. Taste is very fruity with berries, nuts, citrus, plum. Toffee and slight alcohol warmth also. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8047) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
330ml bottle, bb: 04.11.20, by the courtesy of Finn. Off-white, bubbly head with short retention. Bright, golden-brown body, maybe with a red glint. Rather faint aroma of apricot and brown sugar. Dried fruits, honey syrup and sweet malts in flavour – indication of cloying sweetness. Notes of metallic alcohol. One-dimensional. Ok slow sipper without greater enjoyments (Tromsø, 26.12.2010).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7910) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Fine yellowish head, fast gone over clear darker copper-amber beer. Ureum and alcohol, almonds, cheap brandy, faint hops, wet dog; bit of a jumble. Sweet alcoholic taste, brandy cake with sugar & frangipane dressing, burnt bitter, lots of caramel. Chocolate retronasal. Sharp MF, lots of alcoholwarming, fizzy feeling. Definitely a bit over – typically extra-strong British ale. It makes me think of a young Hardy’s ale, as from Eldridge Pope, but missing that one’s complexity. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle from State Line. Coppery brown pour with minimal off-white head. MEdium palate heft with decently hidden alcohol, and flavors of caramel malt, earthy plummy fruit, hops, and x-mas spices. Gets hotter late, but is not bad for a holiday beer. Better than my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (7411) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle, picked up at Bellingers Jet Garage, Grove Nr Wantage,Oxon, consumed 06-10-08 Pours copper in colour with good white head, I’ve got to be honest it looks bloody good so full marks for that. The aroma is really quite pokey, some sticky candy sugar and dessert wine aroma’s push through again better than I expected (I hadn’t got great hopes for this beer I must admit)j Flavour is big alcohol, a metallic tinge was noted but thankfully this didn’t stay for long. Sticky sugars, caramel, its a bit rough at times and a bit hard to like but I’ve stuck with it and to be honest its not that bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottled. Poured a brilliant coppery-orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was quite like the other Bad Elf beers, with strong, boozy caramel, toffee, and darker fruits.. herbal and rather metallic notes accent, but it remained OK. The flavor was over-the-top sharp with a primarily caramel, lesser toffee, and some dark fruits at the core.. metallic and herbal accents, and heavy fusel boozage especially at the back.. dry at the finish with more caramel. Sharp and thick-bodied on the palate with too much overt alcohol. I did not care for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Pours a transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramely malt with some light fruity esters. Body starts with decent fullness and sweet caramel malty sugars with some warming alcohol toward the finish. Doesn’t quite have the complexity of a Thomas Hardy’s or J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, but is pretty true to style for an English Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2007
0.33L bottle pours a clear deep copper with quickly dissipating white head. In under a minute there was no evidence there had even been a head. The aroma is mostly a load of dark fruity esters like prunes, figs and cherries. The rest of the nose seems to be alcohol. It isn’t too bad though. The taste is as fruity as the nose with a wide load of cherries, red apples, figs, over ripe plums and some vague spice (maybe cinnamon). About midway a mild caramel candy note is noticed along with faint malt roastiness. At the finish the alcohol wells up and threatens to take control of the flavor with mild hotness and smooth inviting warmth.

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