Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
"A Rather Serious English Double Ale"

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Bacchus66 (1162) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2018 Tap, ADT. Clear gold with a frothy just off-white head, good retention. Mildly malted with some toffee, grass and lots of alcohol. This one also doesn't seem well-integrated, sort of a mash up.

Desverger (14365) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2016
[email protected], Copenhagen - Amber pour with white head. Sweet malty with notes of caramel, some brown sugar, treacle, vague dried fruit, sweet malty close. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

beer_queue (147) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Transparent, dark gold with a very thin white head. A lot of light fruits—apples, pears, pineapples, green grapes. A little bit of citrusy hops come through but still dominated by fruity sweetness. The hops are a lot more noticeable once the warm ups. Flavors start off with some caramel, toasted/smokey spices, & brown sugar; developments is where the fruits appear but then moves quickly towards a syrupy, boozy, & mildly hoppy finish. When warm, the malt qualities are more apparent, and the sugary intensity that was there at the beginning is now subdued. Texture is smooth, full body, low carbonation (even upon first sip at the beginning of the drink). The finish is balanced and warm at the very end. The finish becomes drier as the beer warms up. This is a beer that starts off strong and manages to stay interesting throughout the entirety of its glass life.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2016
Crystal clear light amber/orange pour with nice 1/2" off white head that sticks around for a while... actually a pretty nice looking beer. Aroma is a muddy mix of caramel and light earthy/grassy/catty hops topped off by a touch of burning alcohol. Taste is definately more complex with yeast fruitiness with caramel apples and warming alcohol ... Just muddy.. screwy "English" diacetyl finish. Mouthfeel is Ok... more than enough carbonation that just barely cuts through the sweetness.

hawthorne00 (4271) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2016
Bottle, bb 9/16. Clear gold, large white head that never quite disappears. Aroma of travel sweets, butterscotch, blackcurrants, sheep, wound dressings, grapes. Sweet with some grainy and boiled fruit notes, unpleasant medicinal flavours. Doesn’t dry out much, some bitterness. Alcohol as such doesn’t stick out that much, but signs of carelessly boozy brewing abound. Offensive.

donandres (700) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - JAN 12, 2016
From 50cL (centiliter)=500mL bottle to wine glass, around 50F Appearance: pale yellow, clear, medium head that quickly dissappears Aroma: malty smell, not hoppy, Taste: mildly bitter with sweet after taste Mouth feel: fizzy Overall: Beer is not bad, no boozy smell even at 9% alcohol

airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Appearance: pours with a large beige head that settles quickly, the beer is crystal clear, average gold color Aroma: caramel, corn, vanilla Taste: moderate sweetness throughout, has faint hints of industrial lager, rough bitterness on the finish from the alcohol Palate: average carbonation, medium mouthfeel, slightly bitter and alcohol warm aftertaste Overall: what a disappointment, this is just a beer for people to get drunk quick off, not much in the way of taste

thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Poured from the bottle. Zero head. Aroma is grainy, boozy, and kind of sweet. Flavor is also grainy, sweet. Very bleh... I must have gotten a bad batch

mikkellund42 (940) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with huge foamy white head. Aroma is mild with sweet malt, sugar, honey, white wine, wheat bread, black currant jam and lemon peel. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter, light umami and light to medium acidic. Body is oily with sparking carbonation. Finish is long and balanced bitter and sweet with notes of malt, sugar, barley wine, yeast, dried apricot and overripe fruit. Plain and not very Christmasy

superspak (6488) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2015
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/2/2011. Pours crystal clear bright orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of honey, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, plum, apricot, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance and complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity on aromas. Taste of honey, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, golden raisin, plum, apricot, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, golden raisin, plum, apricot, apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness, balance, and solid complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/silky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a solid English strong ale. All around good balance, robustness, and solid complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. I was expecting more overall malt complexity given the ABV, but this was still fairly enjoyable. Tastes like an imperial version of English pale ale.

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