Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 397   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
A- Pours a super-clear amber reddish hue, head is a small ring of white dissipating bubbles, watery lacing slips down the glass S- Nose is subtle dark fruits, apples, and warming alcohol, not too much going on with the aroma T- Initial taste is dark fruits and syrupy molasses, some brown sugar and cherries, again not too much going on here regarding taste M- Medium-bodied, oily texture, light carbonation D- For an 11%abv beer, the alcohol is definitely well-masked and this is fairly easy to drink for such a strong beer, however there is nothing bold or flavorful in this beer and there is no real merit to warrant another tasting, i would advise passing on this beer if you happen to see it in stock

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (785) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
Blonde/rousse/rouge, pas de mousse au versage, mais elle apparat petit petit alimente par un tas de petites bulles qui sextraient doucement du liquide, trs trange. Puis quand on gote, on comprend mieux, le corps est trs dense, mme pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal schapper de cette mlasse. Pour le reste, cest moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche trs sucre, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchPls (782) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2012
See through copper beer with a small and brief white head. Very sweet and peachy aroma with some excotic fruits and sherry. Very sweet, alcoholic, warm, fruity, oily... It has nice grape fruity bitterness in it, not as much as in a fully hopped IPA but very much still. The alcohol content is on the edge of being too noticeable but still remains on the safer side and does not spoil the beer at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2008
bottle: pours a clean amber brown colour with a small white head that lingers as a line. aroma is very caramelly with fresh tropical fruit and some sugars hints of hops. smells of candy. flavour is overly sweet with some alcohol burn. small amounts of the fresh fruit form the nose, but maily sweet sugars and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adster (757) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Kitltskor borostyn sznben szik, igen tiszta, tltsz, habja trt fehr. Mindekzben pedig alig győzzk csodlni, amint a Mikuls dessges zskjnak aromi ksznnek vissza ahhoz hasonlan vltozatos jelleggel: illatos cukorkk, mzes alma, karamell s fenyőg, valamint - gondolva a felnőttekre - egy izmos mennyisgű likőrssg. Flő, hogy kiss taln tl sok lesz ez gy, ezrt vatosan kortyolunk bele. Azt azonban mr az első, sznkban trtnő megforgatsa alatt leszgezhetjk, hogy vatossgunk nem volt hibaval. A szirupossg rislptkben kzelt, olajosan, meglehetősen mrskelt sznsavtartalomba gyazva, s mint az lenni szokott, az első kortyok lenyelse utn vlik megtlhetőv vgl a karcsonyi stemnyestl-jellegnek kicsengse. Az mindenesetre sokat segt rajta, hogy a koml fenyős, gyants karaktere megprblja kiss karcostani a desszertszerű kpet, m sszessgben igencsak instabil az dessggyr szerkezete. Vannak kortyok, amelyek sorn hatrozottan sszeszedettnek vljk a kompozcit, legtbbszr azonban a porcukros szirupfolyam komtos, de ellenllhatatlan sodrsa ragad el mindent, s az ember csak arra gondolhat, karcsonykor megengedhet magnak egy mrtzst benne.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (748) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
honey and licorice aromas, appear amber with a small head. great sweet and bitter taste, and a fine palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swanmann (746) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2015
2014 vintage: Dark amber orange, fairly vigorous pour resulted in a thin layer of tan suds that linger for about a minute. Smells a bit like bourbon, alcoholic, toffee, apricot and syrupy fruit. The taste is about the same, muted alcoholic burn, caramel with a subtle toasty bread crust flavor, finishing with some sweet fruit. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Funknmilla (740) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2007
11.2oz bottle...Copper color, smells of alcohol...sweet alcohol...malts soaked in alcohol....the body has an initial sweetness, this blankets the high alcohol...the sweetness actually takes over almost all other flavors, I get a touch of vanilla and some heavy malt, bready quality...I like my bread dipped in alcohol, you?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
gururyan (720) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2014
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 Heavy alcohol taste, quite medicinal...not very good at all. Forcing it down. UPDATE: So just before I tried to finish the last inch of this crap in my glass, I began to feel feverish. My ears began to pound. Then my fingertips started to itch, beneath the skin. Before I knew it, I was writhing in discomfort and the palms of my hands were extremely itchy and tinglyunder the skin. I had to run to the bathroom which is when I noticed I was breaking out with a bumpy rash all over my body. I was having an allergic reaction (and digestive reaction) to this aptly named beer. I know it was the beer because I hadnt ingested anything other than water for 6 hours prior and felt great up until I got halfway through this "beer." I have sense learned I am allergic to really bad beer that tries to hide behind lame attempts at marketing. When will I learn to avoid gimmicky beer?lesson learned. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2009
2007 bottle. Pours clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, almost sherry like. Flavor is big caramel and alcohol flavor, with hints of toffee and dark fruit, very low carbonation as well. Not bad.

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