Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   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 he’s 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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dmctaster (90) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Yellowish-orange with a white head. Aroma of malts, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is alcohol and raisins. Very strong, but not flavorful.

beer_queue (144) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Dark sappy orange with golden highlights and a thin white head. Nose is immediately fruity—citruses 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; it’s a mixture of fruity sweetness & fruity sourness that’s 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. You’ll 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.

rondphoto (4448) - 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.

alexsdad06 (10430) - 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

nybol (2201) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2016
Mere humlet end en normal barleywine, med noter af kandis og citrus. En rigtig nydeøl her i julen.

Jyrsa (835) - - 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.

tsd08460 (1168) - 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

Block (2727) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2016
It’s really not to bad. A sweet and mild backbone with a nice amount of alcohol. It’s masked pretty well. A little heat at the finish but it’s mostly sweet. To me, it deserves a higher rate for handling >11% pretty well.

CraftBeerNick (2560) - 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

Thechasm442 (1005) - 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.

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