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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 356   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 heís ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"


pumpmaster's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1147) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $1.99 Very good


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3041) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
This seems to be sold as something of a novelty but what do I know. It is orange w/ a small head. Its nose is kind of spicy, fruity w/ a touch of ginger and pear. It is a bit piny and very sweet and quite heavy across the palate. I wouldnít say this is horrible but I do not honestly see myself ever drinking it again intentionally.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (5793) - ITALY - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle 2014 Bel ambrato praticamente piatta noso maltao frutta secca leggero solvente frutta disidratata discreto corpo leggero liquoroso discreta secchezza buon amaro

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2939) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle from the Bottle Bank. Appearance - amber with a thin head. Nose - rich orange but the malt in the background has just a hint of cardboard coming from it - all the same, inviting. Taste - orange blossom honey. Palate - rich and full bodied with a big rich texture and and sweet but still fairly balanced finish. Overall - itís a big beast and itís enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
11/7/2012. From bottle. Light orange color with a white head. Sweet boozy aromas with caramel, dried fruit and yeast. Sweet, sticky flavors, oily texture, boozy and out of balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenH (891) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2014
golden, amber, clear, white foam, roasty, herbs, caramel, bread, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness,

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mindwarp (90) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Barley Wine? The label says English Red Ale. Anyway pours a dirty gold with no head what so ever. Aroma is super sweet reminds me of a Belgian ale. Taste, malty sweetness, caramel maybe. The booze is hidden well, Overall not to bad, I think it might be miss styled here as a barley wine when it is an ale.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bulk_Carrier (2275) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Several samples at Cafe Amsterdam. The appearance was a light colored caramel with a slight transparency about it. Light carbonation was seen rising at a moderate pace. A little white head was there and that dissipated fairly quickly. The smell had a weird grainy and somewhat sweet cereal - esque quality with a sugary toffee to it. The taste copied the smell and that had a light candy aftertaste to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. 11.5%? Uhh...it didnít seem that way to me. Overall, I say this was a weird barleywine as I want to say that the smell seemed a bit weird to me along with the taste. I donít think I would try this again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7961) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
33cl bottle. 2013 vintage. Seems like basically a barleywine ale. Deep amber pour, sweet caramel notes, hint of hop spice, hot and boozy even with age. VEry sweet and sugary. Its okay.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2014
2014 330ml bottle picked up at Wilburs
Pours clear golden with a small off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of apples, caramel, bready and ripe fruit. Taste is malty, caramel, hot alcohols and pine resin. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky
Couldnít drink much of this. Sweet, malty and thick

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Appleís 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 itís way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.


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