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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
Clear amber with a thing cream colored head. Interesting eggnog, holidays smell. Sweet without being thick flavor. A bit of a medicine flavor, but not unpleasant. Reminds me of an after dinner wine, something to drink with chocolate. Light carbonation. It is just so different that I would not mind serving this to a friend as something our of the ordinary. Amazing how little of the alcohol comes through.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pour is clear ruby amber with a thin off white head...smell is toasted pumpernickel and some earthfruits...taste is sweet with lots fo figs and prunes...hints of dirt and alcohol...doesnt seem like 11% though...but blech...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle: Pours an amber color, light head and lacing. Nose of grapes, honey, fig, juniper and raisin. The flavor is sweet and cloying with raisin and caramel, some light honey and overlaying maltiness. The finish is sweet and chewy. Thick body, no balance, light alcohol though. A ho-hum, underhopped bland version of a barleywine. Strong though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2008
The Dan Journal #157. Tasted 3/4/08. 12oz bottle. Filtered with an amber hue. Aromas of alcohol raisins and cookies. Full bodied and rich. Sweet. Tight effervescence. Good burn. Rich and floral. Cinnamon and Port. Sweet malts. Not too terrible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TonyDiUlio (663) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2008
not as good as i was hoping. The aroma was too pungent, and the flavor was a bit too full of hops for a barely wine creating a bitter flavor. The color was nice with a dark red pour with moderate head. Not too bad for the alc. content.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2573) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear reddish amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet caramel but it is balanced with hops, not cloying, clean finish. High ABV is hidden but is warming. Best before Sep 2020. $5.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tullys Beer and Wine Wells, ME.and $4.95 from Johns Marketplace Portland, OR.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle: Dark golden with no real head, Scents of sweet and fruitiness, a little caramel apple scent going on. Flavor is dark fruits, sweetness, burnt sugar, and hints of the higher abv. Nothing to terribly exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (4027) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle pours a clear sparklineg amber. Very small leeting off whie head. Sweet carmel aroma with brown sugar. Light for a BW. Sweet and little bittering. Very lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12296) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and copper/orange color. Aroma is light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic. Taste is syrupy/slick and alcohol up front, moves to light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic hops, some cherry. OK carbonation. Somewhat unusual. Occasional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. RIBE pours ruby, clear and nearly headless. The nose is sweet and malty. The flavor is very sweet like cherry cough syrup and corn-based sweetener. The body is very thick and cloying. The alcohol stays with the soft tissues in your mouth in a pleasant way. As the beer warms up the hops make a muted appearance.

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