Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ridgeway FES bottle matures in a similar way to vintage port. Roasted malts and leaf hops initially provide an aroma of breakfast coffee and fresh spices that gradually fades to reveal licorice, caramel and raisin notes that are products of the ageing process. Beneath all this change sits a solid and resilient backbone of bitter English hop. Satisfyingly foreign. You might even imagine the glow of the peat fire?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (886) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Transluscent dark brown color with reddish hues. Small tan head. Wonderful sweet roasted malt aroma of coffee and treacle. Wow, this is really good! Complex dark malt flavor with notes of dried fruit, licorice, root beer and molasses. There is an unlying hop character that balances this stout nicely, but the malt is the real star here. The long flavorful warming finish is sublime. This truly is a World Class Stout!.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark chocolate and caramel malts with a touch of brown sugar and molasses. Full, rich dark caramel malty body has a nice balance of bittering hops and a roasty dark chocolate finish with a touch of tobacco. Very well-balanced, smooth, complex and enjoyable a nice foreign stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
500 ml bottle pored a clear dark brownish black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas ofdark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, light smoke and a hintr of licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and a hint of licorice with a smooth lingering chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Pours a midnight brownish color w/ a one finger spattered froth. Head retention is fairly good w/ a full ring of spatterd lace. Aromas of brisk, herbal, chocolate malts. Nice! Medium nectar w/ relaxed residual effers. The texture is a bit thin but Iím not complaining. Mildly sweet and malty w/ flavors of chocolate dominating the scene. Slightly earthy w/ a mild roast component that comes into play w/ nuances of roasted coffee bean, brown sugar, dried herbs, black cherry, and ripe plums. The finish is short w/ mild bittering. Overall: Rustic and very mellow w/ a fruity charcter. Alcohol is well hidden. Highly recommended to those of you who enjoy Foreign Stouts. A good specimen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts), with a note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Simple but quite pleasant, though perhaps a little different than most of this style. Itís an easy-going liquid candy bar, not a heavy, robust, roasty and molasses-driven example. Itís more akin to a sweet stout, really, but in any event itís nice. The alcohol is virtually undetectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2007
Almost black with a red hue and a creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and milk chocolate. The flavour is smooth and full with notes of roasted malt, a hit of licorice, milk chocolate and a bit of dark fruits. I like it, the body is OK and the balance is nice, but I wouldnít have minded it, if it had been more roasted/burnt and a bit more powerful with a touch of a mean streak. 2346

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle. Black body, very small tan head, roasty nose. Thin body, coffee, sweet malts, some fruitiness, decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a small beige head. The aroma is of corn, bread, sugar and chocolate. The taste is of roasted malt, sugar, bread and chocolate. Medium body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle at ōLbaren - thanks to yespr. Almost black - offwhite edges. Dark bread, brown sugar, coffee, chokolate, sweetness. A simpel beer. Thin body and finish - not that interesting !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2007
Draft - Clear dark brown body with a beautiful red shine, small beige head; Very pleasant chocolate malty very well made nose, fruity milky coffee, ripe red berries; Very apparent yet very balanced body, bitter and slightly sweet; Very long finish with lots of aroma, bitter and slightly sweet hop aromas, and a slight milk chocolate touch. Very good.

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