Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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!"

Shot's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (293) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swanmann (674) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2015
2014 vintage: Dark amber orange, fairly vigorous pour resulted in a thin layer of tan suds that linger for about a minute. Smells a bit like bourbon, alcoholic, toffee, apricot and syrupy fruit. The taste is about the same, muted alcoholic burn, caramel with a subtle toasty bread crust flavor, finishing with some sweet fruit. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackisle (1298) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle 33cl. (2014 vintage ale). Clear medium amber, small frothy off-white head, mostly diminishing, light lacing; sweet malt aroma, dried fruit, loads of caramel, honey, brown sugar, bit alcohol; taste heavy sweet, medium bitter, sugary, caramel, alcoholic; full body, oily to sticky texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste strong resin-like sweetbitter, sugary, alcoholic; not well-balanced, sweetness overpowers all the rest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niller (1042) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. (2013 Vintage). Pours clear golden with an off-white head. Taste is sweet malts, fruits, caramel, alcohol. Oily texture. Full body. Sweet warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12986) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
KRS 131214. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is peaches, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, alcohol, pine, orange, peaches, alcohol, caramel. Full body. OK beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4812) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Poured an orange color with aromas of fruit, caramel and some spice reminiscent of a holiday mead. Flavors match the aromas with aromas alcohol boozy aftertaste. Not much in flavor just booze and light caramel and some sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBlueSky93 (503) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Bier Huis. Pours orange, thick gloopy, orange, no head really, probably the most viscous I’ve ever seen a brew be. Smells like a Christmas Pudding. Dark Fruits, Raisins, Plums, Caramel, Toffee. Like drinking Treacle, its that thick. Initial plums, cherries, raisins, caramel, toffee, port, blackberries, touch of fizz, very fruity. Breadiness too. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7330) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is fruity, caramel, nutty, taste is similar, quite boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (11590) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from trade with Hermod, many thanks! (2012 Vintage Ale) Fast klare orangegoldene Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch intensiv süß malzig, holzg, reifes Obst, Vanille, alkoholisch. Geschmack süß, holzig, sehr reife Früchte, mild, Vanille, alkoholisch, schwer trinkbar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4344) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2015
Reddish brown body and very small head. Very punchy, strong fermentation aromas, fruits, concentrated sugar. Very sweet, luscious, delicious too. Overdone and I an loving it. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (510) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
Blonde/rousse/rouge, pas de mousse au versage, mais elle apparaît petit à petit alimentée par un tas de petites bulles qui s’extraient doucement du liquide, très étrange. Puis quand on goûte, on comprend mieux, le corps est très dense, même pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal à s’échapper de cette mélasse. Pour le reste, c’est moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche très sucrée, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux...

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