Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (825) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 12 oz 2015 edition. Clear amber, with a thin, off white, short lived head.
Aroma is malty, caramel, toffee, floral hops.
Flavor is sweet caramel, light brown sugar, spicy, grassy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchPls (801) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a medium brownish red with a small (less than 1 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly diminishing, reducing to a few foamy puddles and a small collar of residue producing excellent sheets of lacing. The aroma was of a strong biscuit malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit (plums and raisins), a bit of apple and had a decent alcohol scent. The taste was sweetly malty with notes of caramel and toffee early on with the dark fruit, apple and moderate alcohol presence taking over towards the finish. The flavor lasted and average duration with a pronounced fruity alcohol flavor being most dominant. Mouthfeel was medium in body and had a creamy-syrupy texture with a mild carbonation. Overall a sweet and fruity brew with a good dose of alcohol, which took the edge off of the sweetness...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle poured into a strait pint glass produced a short lived white head on a clear red body brew. The head left no lacing at all it just went away to nothing. This this smelled like sweet malts right out of the gate no hop profile at all.the flavor matched the nose just sweet and sugary. I was wished there was even some alcohol heat on this to off set it. There was little carbonation after the initial pour and the feel was a solid medium in my mouth. This brew was very one definitional sweet. I think it was to coy to drink more than one. This one was a one and done for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adster (788) - 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 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 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swanmann (751) - 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 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

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