Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 405   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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OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle, one year in cellar.

Light copper pour, little head. Extremely sweet, butterscotch, fruity (rancid oranges?). Not as bad as I expected; I guess I can give it that.

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Pours clear reddish amber with just a trace of any head. Looks syrupy. Aroma is fairly medicinal - cherry cough syrup with some rye . Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and smooth and features little carbonation. Flavor is hot and syrupy, cough syrupy sweet with some rye. A syrupy alcohol bomb, kind of like Weyerbacher 12 but worse. Think Belzebuth but maybe slightly more like an actual beer. A touch of piney hops in the finish. Pass. 330 ml 2007 bottling from Bootleggers.

thegreenrooster (4633) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pour is a clear brown with almost no head at all. Aroma is super sweet caramel and booze. Flavor is some malt, corn syrup and alcohol. This is deffinalty not a barley wine and its way to sweet and cloying. Its like the brewer wanted to see out much sugar they could but in here to make the alcohol amped up.

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 (5569) - 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 (1899) - 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 (9797) - 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 (2555) - 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 (576) - 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.

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