Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 252   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2323) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Very dark brown, thin tan head. nose is caramel, cola, nut, some alcohol, cocoa. Flavor is caramel & toffee, strongly bitter w. some fruit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2007
Shared with Cab!: Pitch black with brown bubbly head. Slight roasted malts - caramel & coffee. Smooth. Light sweet with some alcohol notes & burn. Very drinkable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Silky very dark brown color with a diminishing light tan head. Hints of roasted malt through light sweet malt and a somewhat smokey front court. Does not have the mild lactic scent or heavy sweetness that I would sometimes expect from this style. Some dark fruit comes through as it warms. First thought after the quaff is this is smooth and drinkable. LIght pale malt followed by some dark stewed fruit. Rather simple. A touch of licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is rather dry and the linger is also, but there is a little acidity and dark malt wandering about. Immensely drinkable for the strength, but I’m still not sure that that makes it any better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours black with a spare fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (flowers), average yeast (leather) with notes of light alcohol. Medium bodied, alcoholic texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Picked this up @ John’s a couple days ago. 500mL, no date. Deep brown ruby with a 1/2 finger beige head, low retention. Roasted malts and roasted grain are the first aromas. Sweet caramel, raisins and semisweet chocolate are also present. Flavor has some vinous characteristics with some raisins and a tinge of alcohol. Wouldn’t have believed it if someone told me this was 8%. Considering this was fairly sweet, I didn’t expect the dry finish, which was roasty with a little ash. Low carbonation with a body that is a lot thinner than I expected. However, I think this is a pretty decent Ridgeway beer, for a change.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2007
500 ml bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN (June 2007, consumed a bit above fridge temperature from a Chouffe tulip. Just a hint of light creeps through the inky black body which is topped by a largish, quite stable fine-bubbled light tan cap that slides smoothly down the glass, leaving just a touch of residue....ebullient aroma of both fresh grapes and port, a bit of raisin, faint pipe tobacco, and chocolaty, lightly roasty malts....the body is quite sweet, raisin-toffee-chocolate, a fair bit of grapy-vinous character particularly towards the finish, moderate (just right) alcohol warming, and a bit of smokiness that helps keep the sweetness in check....the body is just a wee bit thin which with the low carbonation makes it seem a little watery and too-dry, otherwise this is excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2007
New at John’s in Iowa City. The body is very dark earthy brown with garnet high lights. The thin head is khaki colored. The aroma is massive caramel and almonds. There is also a hint of old leather and licorice. The taste is mostly anise, at first. Then as it warms you get notes of prunes and soft milk chocolate. There are hints of oranges in the finish. The body is fairly sharply carbonated with a thin mouthfeel. Scary drinkable and the sweet character is nice for warm weather.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Poured a dark bornw with red edges. Aroma was of roasted chocolate and some dark fruits. Flavor was some licorice chocolate and very malty. Was a little sweet, needed some hops to balance it out. But not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Dark brown color, short of black, hues of ruby read. Excellent tan head, great retention, solid lacing. Aroma of light roast, licorice, chocolate, perhaps some fruitiness. The flavor was licorice (almost a black patent malt flavor like a schwarz or even a bit of a baltic porter), molasses, milk chocolate, plenty of residual sugars left over, the latter which drowned out any hops I could detect. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied (not a bad thing at all), as this sucker was surprisingly a bit thinned for the quantity of flavor. A nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7466) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 6/30/2007
50 cl bottle, thanks Pelle from The Rover!
Black color, tan head. Sweet chewing gum scent. Strong sweet taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Chocolate aftertaste.

Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, during "Porterveckan 2012". I had a "galopp" size. On November 26, 2012.
2008 version the pub stated.
very dark ruby red color, tan head. Sweet, raisin, malty scent. Sweet, malty, toffee, roasted, raisin taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.

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