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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
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RATINGS: 339   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!"


mcbackus' rating

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2008
bottle: pours a clean amber brown colour with a small white head that lingers as a line. aroma is very caramelly with fresh tropical fruit and some sugars hints of hops. smells of candy. flavour is overly sweet with some alcohol burn. small amounts of the fresh fruit form the nose, but maily sweet sugars and alcohol.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2014
330ml bottle, 2013 vintage, Beers of Europe. Because of the cartoon label and name I was expecting this to be a bit of a boozy mess, which is probably why I kept hold of it for a year before drinking. It was boozy, but the booze was well integrated with the red fruit and nuts, sweet caramel and light honey notes. Surprisingly light bodyand colour, long lasting white head. Enjoyable.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Leini (888) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Sample at a local tasting event. Amber body with a medium head. Malt, dried fruit and red berries.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (944) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
330ml bottle from favourite beer 2014 vintage. Pale golden Amber with and off white head. Aroma has strong alcohol and melt the taste is dark caramel , molasses, and dome malt.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Hoppier than their other barleywine, with hints of candied citrus. Slightly better, but still too thin and alcoholic to be taken seriously. More time on your beer and less on the labels. "

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adster (432) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilverfoX (380) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
caramel, resin, dough, looks just like a lager shandy! same colour body with a thin white head, yes it is sweet like the other reviews say also quite cloying with some alcohol warmth as it goes down, average kind of drink, probably more suited to the winter than a really hot night.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (1058) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Red/brown pour with an off white head. Big sweet aromas of dark fruit and malts. Flavor is very sweet candied plums and figs with a touch of brown sugar. Very sweet. But the abv us well hidden. Respectable offering.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (5278) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2014
330 ml bottle, vintage 2011, from Voldby Křbmandsgaard. ABV is 11.2%. Reddish amber colour, moderate off-white head. Strong aroma of malt sugar, molasses, alcohol, oak and fortified wine. The flavour is sweet, malty and very alcoholic, notes of caramel, some hops in the finish. Warming mouthfeel.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (9417) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Brownish pour, light tan head. Malty sweet, caramel, dark buckwheat pancakes, sticky. Not my thing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VastActiv (3035) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 26112011. Colour is dark orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Alcohol, sweetness, caramel and malts.


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