Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 hes ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Dark sappy orange with golden highlights and a thin white head. Nose is immediately fruitycitruses like orange & grapefruit, bananas, apples, and pears. Brown sugar, caramel, cola, and certainly some booze comes through. Flavors arrive in an everything-upfront-and-all-at-once manner; its a mixture of fruity sweetness & fruity sourness thats got a savory and peppery side as well. During the development, the syrupy sweetness comes out briefly before finishing with a strong citrus tart note and bold hop bitterness. All of the flavors recede once it warms, and alcohol dominates. Light body, low carbonation, with a mildly dry finish. Youll definitely feel the warming of the alcohol as it goes down, too. Overall, very fruity at the beginning but gets slightly spicy and bitter after a few sips. Flavors make this beer a sort of Irish red, Flemish red, & Belgian Pale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rondphoto (4351) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2016
bottle @ Belmont Party Supply / Dayton OH --- BBF 13 09 23 --- Aroma of malt and dark dried fruit. Slightly hazy dark amber color, beige head that nearly disappears, dots and strips of lace. Taste is somewhat thin malt that moves through mild carbonation to light dried fruit and strong alcohol in a lingering finish. Awfully strong, and heavy in the belly. Not a keeper for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2016
11.2 oz bottle from notes. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head that collapses to a thin film. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with all of the 11.2%. The flavor has some sweetness up front mainly due to the caramel malt, but also because of some fruitiness,grainy malt and boozy alcohol. The finish is more on the alcohol and bitter side. Medium bodied, but not the easiest to drink as the finish is not pleasing. This did not meet my expectations

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1711) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2016
Mere humlet end en normal barleywine, med noter af kandis og citrus. En rigtig nydel her i julen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jyrsa (723) - - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Alko claiming to be imperial red ale. Pours hazy orange with small white head. Sweet aroma of raisins, yeast, alcohol and bubblegum. Alcohol, some more bubblegum and a bit too sweet for my taste. Full body with thick texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (1063) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Aroma: alcohol, fruit, caramel, Appearance: clear golden with an off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, cherries Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2576) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Its really not to bad. A sweet and mild backbone with a nice amount of alcohol. Its masked pretty well. A little heat at the finish but its mostly sweet. To me, it deserves a higher rate for handling >11% pretty well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (2304) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle at Mum and Dads, 26th December 15. Pours straw yellow. Aroma is catamel, hops, fruit booze. Taste is sweet and bitter, quite impressed by this one, kind of a Belgian strong

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thechasm442 (964) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle to tulip. Hazy red with a thin off white head. Aroma is molasses and lots of dark fruit. Flavor is brown sugar, apples, and more dark fruit. Average mouthfeel and sticky. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 12 oz 2015 edition. Clear amber, with a thin, off white, short lived head.
Aroma is malty, caramel, toffee, floral hops.
Flavor is sweet caramel, light brown sugar, spicy, grassy hops.

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