Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 396   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased at Market of Choice. Since this only set me back about 3 bucks the very least I can say is that it had a lot of bang for the buck! Definitely mislabeled on the bottle as an imperial red, though I wouldn’t say it’s a barley wine either, maybe an english strong. Very prominent alcohol flavor to this one, though it fades a little as you get further into the glass. Very nice caramel backdrop as well but a little too heavily malted for me. Not bad but just kind of average to my mind.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9671) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Fine yellowish head, fast gone over clear darker copper-amber beer. Ureum and alcohol, almonds, cheap brandy, faint hops, wet dog; bit of a jumble. Sweet alcoholic taste, brandy cake with sugar & frangipane dressing, burnt bitter, lots of caramel. Chocolate retronasal. Sharp MF, lots of alcoholwarming, fizzy feeling. Definitely a bit over typically extra-strong British ale. It makes me think of a young Hardys ale, as from Eldridge Pope, but missing that ones complexity. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (7110) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2008
An imperial red without a heavy red/amber look. Lots of malts. Sweet. But with a nice caramel kick there at the end. Better than I thought it would be given my lack of interest in English beers. Solid English ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a thin white head quickly diminishing to a lacing. Sweet malty light cherry aroma sugar and sweet. Sweet vinous, maple sweet sugar. Big etoh warming. Light caramel apple. Malty sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9943) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2008
Bottle, picked up at Bellingers Jet Garage, Grove Nr Wantage,Oxon, consumed 06-10-08 Pours copper in colour with good white head, I’ve got to be honest it looks bloody good so full marks for that. The aroma is really quite pokey, some sticky candy sugar and dessert wine aroma’s push through again better than I expected (I hadn’t got great hopes for this beer I must admit)j Flavour is big alcohol, a metallic tinge was noted but thankfully this didn’t stay for long. Sticky sugars, caramel, its a bit rough at times and a bit hard to like but I’ve stuck with it and to be honest its not that bad at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2008
THOUGHTS: Another barley wine, another great beer. I figured Christmas in July was the perfect time for this on. I hope there is yet another new Elf this Christmas. This was probably very harsh when fresh. It reminded me of Dogfish Head Immort Ale. This one is deceptive. It can really sneak up on your. I’d love for them to age this in bourbon barrels. It surprisingly went well with white chocolate. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark orangey amber with a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was a little weak. If it were stronger it’d be perfect. There was moderate to heavy caramel malt, cherries, candy and that smell that only exists in a barley wine. It was very fruity with some alcohol, but low for for the ABV. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and moderately acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and just a hint of bitterness with an average duration. There was tons ’o caramel malt, candied fruit (cherry, apple and grape), alcohol, a little cherry. Not much hops, but only ever so slightly cloyingly sweet. The medium body was syrupy and sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and light to moderate alcoholic finish, but not as much as I’d expect for the ABV, although it did gain a little more burn as it warmed. Overall the palate mad me want to keep sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (5083) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2008
33 cl, 2007 vintage. Clear and reddish-copper with a small, fleeting head. Raisins, brown sugar, and rum on the nose. Flavor is spiced dark fruit, alcohol, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. Big warming alcohol finish. Medium body is tingly and dry with alcohol and spiciness. Nice flavors, but they are dominated a bit much by the alcohol for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
330ml Bottle - Gravity Beer Market - Olympia, WA
Aroma Deep barley wine aroma.
Appearance Dark Amber in color, Light head and clear.
Flavor A nice drinking Barley wine this was easy and smooth with a nice balance of malts and spices.
Palate Decent Mouthfeel, nice texture with a good dry finish.
Overall A easy drinking Barley wine with some good off flavors and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/16/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greens, Atlanta

Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: heavy malt aroma with a sticky fruity sweetness and light earthyness,
Body: sticky body,
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice sweet fruity character, light earthy bitterness adds a touch of balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Well said, this is insanely bad, well maybe not insanely, but this is not the greatest beer I have ever put in my mouth. Has a slightly coppery metallic spice flavor but very sweet and malty, almost to the point of being cloying with very present alcohol all the way through.

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