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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 359   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!"


dnstone's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2251) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours a copper-golden color with whisps of bubbles for white head. Cherry, syrupy sweet boozey aroma. A sweet booze-bomb...some cherry sweetness but definitely boozy. Probably will know me on my a$s this late at night.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3886) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - 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)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (367) - 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...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluejacket74 (1428) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage, label stamp says best before 16 09 23. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with maybe a quarter inch off-white head that didn’t stay around for very long. There’s a decent amount of lacing. The aroma starts off boozy, with some toffee, candied oranges, stone fruit and some caramel malt noticeable. The taste is mainly sweet and boozy, it tastes like dried fruit (stone fruit and dark fruit), booze, and bready malt. The booziness just seems worse the longer I drink this, and unfortunately so does the overall flavor of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s syrupy and coating with moderate carbonation. This isn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly good either. Maybe it needs more age on it, who knows. It’s worth trying once, but I likely wouldn’t buy this again.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3097) - 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 wouldn’t 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 (5882) - 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 (3109) - 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 - it’s a big beast and it’s enjoyable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2530) - 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 (892) - 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 (98) - 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 (2309) - 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 didn’t 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 don’t think I would try this again.


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