Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 395   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2569) - 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 Tullys Beer and Wine Wells, ME.and $4.95 from Johns Marketplace Portland, OR.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (45) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Dark sappy orange with golden highlights and a thin white head. Nose is immediately fruitycitruses like orange & grapefruit, bananas, apples, and pears. Brown sugar, caramel, cola, and certainly some booze comes through. Flavors arrive in an everything-upfront-and-all-at-once manner; its a mixture of fruity sweetness & fruity sourness thats got a savory and peppery side as well. During the development, the syrupy sweetness comes out briefly before finishing with a strong citrus tart note and bold hop bitterness. All of the flavors recede once it warms, and alcohol dominates. Light body, low carbonation, with a mildly dry finish. Youll definitely feel the warming of the alcohol as it goes down, too. Overall, very fruity at the beginning but gets slightly spicy and bitter after a few sips. Flavors make this beer a sort of Irish red, Flemish red, & Belgian Pale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours red/gold. Intense aroma - rye, carraway, barley. Excellent barley wine. Hoppy, sweet, mellow. Deep satisfying flavor. Perfect winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Bier Huis. Pours orange, thick gloopy, orange, no head really, probably the most viscous Ive ever seen a brew be. Smells like a Christmas Pudding. Dark Fruits, Raisins, Plums, Caramel, Toffee. Like drinking Treacle, its that thick. Initial plums, cherries, raisins, caramel, toffee, port, blackberries, touch of fizz, very fruity. Breadiness too. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (900) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Aroma: alcohol, fruit, caramel, Appearance: clear golden with an off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, cherries Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5760) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A pretty funky aroma, almost wine-like. This si pretty nice. Some good hop character balanced well enough. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2008
THOUGHTS: Another barley wine, another great beer. I figured Christmas in July was the perfect time for this on. I hope there is yet another new Elf this Christmas. This was probably very harsh when fresh. It reminded me of Dogfish Head Immort Ale. This one is deceptive. It can really sneak up on your. I’d love for them to age this in bourbon barrels. It surprisingly went well with white chocolate. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark orangey amber with a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was a little weak. If it were stronger it’d be perfect. There was moderate to heavy caramel malt, cherries, candy and that smell that only exists in a barley wine. It was very fruity with some alcohol, but low for for the ABV. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and moderately acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and just a hint of bitterness with an average duration. There was tons ’o caramel malt, candied fruit (cherry, apple and grape), alcohol, a little cherry. Not much hops, but only ever so slightly cloyingly sweet. The medium body was syrupy and sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and light to moderate alcoholic finish, but not as much as I’d expect for the ABV, although it did gain a little more burn as it warmed. Overall the palate mad me want to keep sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a small beige head. The aroma was sour, tangy and tart with notes of caramel, candied fruit and cinnamon. The flavor was bitter and sour with notes of toasted caramel, sugar, ripe cherries, apples, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. There is a whole lot going on in the flavor and the finish is long fruit and caramel. Thick and full bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liinis (1769) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2010
Taking it really slow and letting it warm up. Beautiful beer. Full sweet malt liquor -like mouth feel. Full of winter warmer character. lovely this time of year

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1823) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf has a somewhat thinnish, off-white head, a mostly clear, brilliant, amber appearance, a few bubble streams, and not really any lacing. The aroma is of toffee, booze, sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Taste is of sweetness, a nice, peppery bitterness, syrup, fruit, candi sugar, and bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf finishes on the dry side, rich, and quite drinkable. Its another winner from Ridgeway! RJT

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