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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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.

TonyDiUlio (664) - 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.

jimhilt (2610) - 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 Tully’s Beer and Wine Wells, ME.and $4.95 from John’s Marketplace Portland, OR.

jake65 (3694) - 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.

IndianaRed (4619) - 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.

jcwattsrugger (12420) - 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.

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.

beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep golden-amber color. Small but persistent head. Nice lace down the glass. Aroma is malty, caramelly, with notes of licorice and hints of soft alcohol. Flavor is a very nice malt sweetness, with significant licorice liquor character. Very sweet, but not cloying. Aftertaste is pleasant sweetness, but balanced by the dryness of the alcohol. By far the best of the Elf series!

Strykzone (7356) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Brown / orange body that is almost carbonation free. Aroma is delightful but somewhat subdued. It is fruity and malty. Oh my, is this beer full of alcohol!! It is also quite sweet and tasty with citrus, cherry cough syrup, and alcohol. I like this beer but am a sucker for a sweet beer.

thornecb (5911) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Pours amber into a snifter. White head quickly subsides to hug rim. Sour cinnamon and alcohol aromas. Sticky and full with alcohol front to back. Lasting sour burning citrus finish.

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