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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dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2008
bottle from binnys beverage depot, orland park. clear reddish-copper color, slight off white head disolves into tiny bubbles around rim. respectable lacing. very airy aroma, mostly sweet malt, slightest trace of alcohol. creamy, mildly sweet flavor, gentle alcohol note becomes more apparent as beer warms. oily, creamy mouth feel. dry, slightly bitter finish. the alcohol may be a little too well hidden here. i prefer it more up front.

Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle from the Binny-apostrophe-s in Orland Park, IL. The skinny white head atop this crystal clear amber ale is soon reduced to a slender ring around the glass. It has an aroma of buttery caramel and toffee, red cherries, and alcohol. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a more straight forward taste of sweet malt and alcohol with cherries and rock candy on the sides. Finishes on a boozy, warm note. Nice.

wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle from Bevmo. Well. At least it is over 10%. Tick! Deep orange color. Strong buttery melanoidin aroma. Very boozy aroma. Not too pleasant. Taste is sweet, boozy, unrefined and medicinal. Like a boozy cough syrup.

Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, very light for a barleywine. Rich, boozy, malty aroma. Very strong, rich and flavorful. Slightly sweet and tasty. Good brew and rating #100 for the beer, cool.

douglas88 (9194) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle at the Bayou. Pours a very nice bright red color with a tiny white head. The nose is very nice; sweet caramel, candies and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor was also quite nice; sweet candies, dark and sweet candies cherries, and more sugars. More of a aperitif, but still enjoyable. Went down pretty easy for 11.2%. Good.

SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours a clear deep amber-red color with a big foamy head that fades slowly and leaves wet drippy lace. Sweet dark fruit and malt aroma, with a bit of spice, hoppiness and alcohol. Flavor starts sweet, fruity and caramely. Big spicy, hoppy and alcohol on the finish. Definately the best of the ’Bad Elf’ series.

minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours red/gold. Intense aroma - rye, carraway, barley. Excellent barley wine. Hoppy, sweet, mellow. Deep satisfying flavor. Perfect winter warmer.

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.

JorisPPattyn (10004) - 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 Hardy’s ale, as from Eldridge Pope, but missing that one’s complexity. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>

drfabulous (7950) - 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.

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