Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2007
Darkbrown look with small head and notes of smoke, coffee, roasted malt, creamy soft mouthfeel, medium body, a bit watery depiste the high abv %. Had expected more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6735) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2007
500. Pours seemingly black with rubied spots--crystal clear, though, if you get enough light behind it. Nice mild sweet milk chocolatey nose. Medium body with soft carb. Light sourness hits you early in the mid-palate. Sweet and chocolatey. Very light resiny bitterness in the finish, but not much, and no linger at all. Solid little beer, but unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Pours translucent blackish brown with garnet highlights and a tan head. Full sweet body and moderate carbonation. Toasted nut and chocolate aroma. Sweet toasty malt and chocolate taste. Low participation from the hops and thus sort of a nothing finish, but otherwise a tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (1000) - 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 (11368) - 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 I’m 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 (6749) - 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. It’s an easy-going liquid candy bar, not a heavy, robust, roasty and molasses-driven example. It’s more akin to a sweet stout, really, but in any event it’s nice. The alcohol is virtually undetectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10191) - 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 wouldn’t 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.

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