Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


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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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mikkellund42 (852) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear copper brown with small white head. Aroma is very fruity with notes of sour apples, red Bassett’s Wine Gums, white wine, lawn, pine tree and faint rosehip. Taste is initial medium sweet, then medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic. Body is heavy oily with medium carbonation. Finish is long and bitter-sweet and dominated by alcohol, but is also has notes of bitter grapefruit, caramel, fruit and flowers. Alcohol is too dominating.

greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Interesting taste and flavor. Boozy and sweet. Not to bad with a caramel backbone. Not sure how to rate this, and ABV is hidden well.

coachd (836) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2017
2015 vintage, picked this up on sale at Friar Tuck, not expecting much, really an impulse buy. Smells like malt and tons of booze. Red tinged appearance with a white clingy head. It has the sweet characteristic of a barleywine without any of the hops. Perhaps it is the age of the bottle. Not terrible, ABV is well hidden. No way I could drink more than one of these.

Jyrsa (835) - - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from Alko claiming to be imperial red ale. Pours hazy orange with small white head. Sweet aroma of raisins, yeast, alcohol and bubblegum. Alcohol, some more bubblegum and a bit too sweet for my taste. Full body with thick texture and soft carbonation.

adster (817) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Kitöltéskor borostyán színben úszik, igen tiszta, átlátszó, habja tört fehér. Mindeközben pedig alig győzzük csodálni, amint a Mikulás édességes zsákjának aromái köszönnek vissza ahhoz hasonlóan változatos jelleggel: illatos cukorkák, mézes alma, karamell és fenyőág, valamint - gondolva a felnőttekre - egy izmos mennyiségű likőrösség. Félő, hogy kissé talán túl sok lesz ez így, ezért óvatosan kortyolunk bele. Azt azonban már az első, szánkban történő megforgatása alatt leszögezhetjük, hogy óvatosságunk nem volt hiábavaló. A sziruposság óriásléptékben közelít, olajosan, meglehetősen mérsékelt szénsavtartalomba ágyazva, és mint az lenni szokott, az első kortyok lenyelése után válik megítélhetővé végül a karácsonyi süteményestál-jellegének kicsengése. Az mindenesetre sokat segít rajta, hogy a komló fenyős, gyantás karaktere megpróbálja kissé karcosítani a desszertszerű képet, ám összességében igencsak instabil az édességgyár szerkezete. Vannak kortyok, amelyek során határozottan összeszedettnek véljük a kompozíciót, legtöbbször azonban a porcukros szirupfolyam komótos, de ellenállhatatlan sodrása ragad el mindent, s az ember csak arra gondolhat, karácsonykor megengedhet magának egy mártózást benne.

Padron4KM (810) - 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.

BitchPls (808) - 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.

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...

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

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

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