Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 402   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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rizk (36) - central florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
i’m not quite sure what is insanely bad, the elf or the beer? medium to thick body, with a dark amber pour. headless and laceless. carmel fruity taste with a slight lingering alcohol

The Etruscan (692) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 3, 2008
Light beige fast disappearing head. Deep amber-copper colour. Aroma is malty with caramel, nuts and light alcohol notes. Flavor is malty too with light caramel and raisins tones, ending in a moderately malty and slightly nutty finish. Full bodied.

mmmbeer (1426) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
12 oz. bottle in trade from Snojerk321- poured transparent amber tan, very low carbonation, white ring around the glass for a head with no lacing, aroma of candy sour apples comes to mind when given several sniffs. HIs the mouth with a medium body, alot of sweetness hits from the start to the middle- kind of like syrup, finish has definate warming effect- alcohol is very well hidden. Drinkable, but something just seems off...

georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours an orangey amber with no head. Aroma was alcoholic but sour. Tasted sweet with just a touch of sourness. Well masked alcohol content. A little dry on the palate but a nice thick brew.

RSRIZZO (2000) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2008
Aroma is faint with a wine like scent. Color is a clear amber with good carbonation and very thin head that is just a ring around the edge a wisp in the middle. Taste is bright and sweet. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a some what sharp sweet feel. Finish builds the sweetness with a died cheery and red wine tastes . After taste leaves you with a rich heavy feel and a mild warming feel. This is a nice Barley Wine, it hides the alcohol fairly well and is very drinkable.

brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2008
12 oz bottle received in trade. Clear amber color with no head to speak of. Syrupy fruit sweet aroma, cheep candied fruit comes to mind. The flavor is not getting much better. Syrupy candy fruit that is just not tasty. It’s jut syrupy and foul. Why did they make this?? While I’m not a fan of the others, this tops the list (I think) as my least favorite. Medium sticky body.

nuplastikk (6313) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Cognac ruby-red caramel color. Aroma is sweet with a mild spicy character. Taste is big and full as you would expect from a beer of 12%. Very sticky, rich caramel and amber malt characteristics. Creamy and very warming. I really like this beer and find it to be quite unique.

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.

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...doesn’t seem like 11% though...but blech...

BückDich (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.

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