Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scipio (677) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours black with a beige head that not only was thin, but faded quickly as well. Aroma is a bit unusual for this style, being mostly earthy malts, along with toffee, licorice, and a little bit of raisin. Perhaps chocolate as well. As for the taste, I get a good deal of raisin and licorice. Lesser toffee elements. It really is more on the darker fruity side. It really tastes like juice instead of beer. It is more light in body despite the potency of this one. Thin in texture as well, with an aftertaste of raisin, licorice, and now I get some chocolate. Despite the deceiving palate, the alcohol comes out in this one. I don’t think this one is bad. It just isn’t what I’m looking for in a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cantabrian (775) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 21, 2013
Definitely not my favourite stout. Kind of a barley wine with Nanjing ink. Nose is a stout, no doubt, but the flvour was way too...herbal? Ink AND infusions? Anyway, it’s a thin, watery palate and I was fairly disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5854) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090215.
Pours light brown color with a small head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, chocolate and malts. Flavor is the same with some very faint coffee and toffee notes. Nice and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5405) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 31.03.2009
Aroma has licorice, chocolate, some English hops, toffee and hints of hay. Flavour is sweetish with somewhat salty licorice, toffee, some coffee and distant herbal notes. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (2531) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
Cask at St Urho, Helsinki. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, roasted malts and hints of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2013
(Cask at St. Urho’s Pub Portteripäivät’13) The beer poured deep dark brown. Its head was small and white. Aroma had sweetness, roasted malts, berries and alcohol. Palate was full bodied, oily and dry with low carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, roasted malts, burnt malts and bitterness. Afteraste was roasty and bitter. A bit weird and too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2013
(bottle) Clear, mahogany colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Bready and mildly roasted malty aroma with notes of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Moderately sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Mildly roasted malty base with present fruity notes of dark berries, raisins, accompanied by hints of chocolate and molasses; sweet and rather delicately bitter finish, again with fruity, almost a slightly vinous notes with an alcoholic strength well-hidden. Unusual Stout, a tad sweet and only mildly roasted but still likeable. 04.II.13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1550) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Draught, 2008, at BAJT porter week 2012. Dark brown to black, light brown head leaving lacing. Thin aroma, light roast. Taste: licorice, chocolate, toffee, quite sweet. Medium bodied. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (1975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2012
On tap @ BAJT. Dark brown with a small tan head. Fruity and malty tones. Malt, fruit and chocolate. Medium to full body with a nice balanced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1464) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Aroma of coffee with cream and mild smoke. Jet black, doesn’t hold head very long. Big, bitter sweet starchy, nutty, peaty malt taste. Not roasted, only singed. Light body, no thicker than a bitter. Solid product, wish I could have it on tap.

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