Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 398   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (891) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle, 2015 vintage - pours slightly hazy orange with a short lived fizzy beige head. Aroma is malty with some plum and prune and notes of starw. Taste is strong alcohol, port and sherry with straw and prunes. Strong bitterness in the finish, a little astringent. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coachd (704) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mjs (6849) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2017
(Bottle, 0.33 l - 2016 vintage, from Alko, 20170114) The beer poured deep golden and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had glue, strawberries and green apples. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, glue, malts, green apples and bitterness. Aftertaste was boozy and bitter. An unpleasant boozy mess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Turboninja (685) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2016
[email protected] from Alko, Tampere, Finland. Strong, super boozy, sweet and a bit artificial flavor with raisin, sweet fruits and some malts. Simple though averagely balanced. Medium body with light/medium carbonation. Overall, clear but lo-fi product.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
minihame2 (557) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2016
Clear, copper colour and some light tan lacing. Light aroma, pretty basic with mostly malt and some hops. The taste is, well, surprising. It has some bitterness and malts but mostly its really off putting and chemical, reminds me of glue or something. Its pretty obvious from the taste that it has high abv. Body is medium, low medium carbonation, slick and a bit oily mouthfeel. Terrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmctaster (85) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Yellowish-orange with a white head. Aroma of malts, raisins, and alcohol. Taste is alcohol and raisins. Very strong, but not flavorful.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (124) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rondphoto (4295) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2016
bottle @ Belmont Party Supply / Dayton OH --- BBF 13 09 23 --- Aroma of malt and dark dried fruit. Slightly hazy dark amber color, beige head that nearly disappears, dots and strips of lace. Taste is somewhat thin malt that moves through mild carbonation to light dried fruit and strong alcohol in a lingering finish. Awfully strong, and heavy in the belly. Not a keeper for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9742) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2016
11.2 oz bottle from notes. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head that collapses to a thin film. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with all of the 11.2%. The flavor has some sweetness up front mainly due to the caramel malt, but also because of some fruitiness,grainy malt and boozy alcohol. The finish is more on the alcohol and bitter side. Medium bodied, but not the easiest to drink as the finish is not pleasing. This did not meet my expectations

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1689) - DENMARK - FEB 18, 2016
Mere humlet end en normal barleywine, med noter af kandis og citrus. En rigtig nydel her i julen.

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