Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England


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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Appearance: Dark brown/black with ivory ring head around glass. Aroma: Bready, malty, toast, liquorice, fruit cake. Taste: Medium sweetness, medium bitterness, slightly tart. Palate: Dry, smooth texture, medium carbonation, quick finish. Comments: Enjoyable, would have it again. Served in snifter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4970) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Deep brown with red hints...short, dark tan head. Aroma is light....sweet smoke, raisin, light chocolate. Taste is soft, cream, chocolate, roast. Very gentle...sweet, but not overly so. A touch of licorice, malty. Not terribly "stout"....but quite a nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Pours dark brown with a dense beige head. Aroma is light roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, dark fruit and light coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Dark brown pour, brown head. Super malt forward, some molasses, Vegemite, roast, cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeverszeuge (636) - GERMANY - MAY 7, 2013
# 3298 ersma: "befriedigend ausländisch" steht auf englisch hinten drauf. was will uns das sagen? tiefschwarz, mäßig viel beige-farbiger schaum. der geruch ist süßlich, röstmalzig, melassig mit etwas karamell. der antrunk ist röstmalzig-süßlich mit etwas kaffee und karamell. zur mitte wird die kaffee-note deutlicher, hinzu kommt hopfen. karamell und etwas vanille. der abgang gibt sich herb mit malzigem fundament. kaffee, karamell, backpflaume. langer nachhall. die flasche ist ansehnlich. fazit: schönes, rundes stout. probierenswert. 9,11,11,12,12,11 - 11,00 - 8/5/1

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer5000 (5123) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
500 ml bottle sampled in 2008. Dark reddish amber body with a creamy beige head. Slightly roasted aroma with coffee and dry fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, mocha, fruity and balanced bitter. Full body and a nice aftertaste. Pleasant and harmonic stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9423) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 6, 2013
Bottle: Deep ruby-amber coloured, small and stable off-white foamy layer, almost solid roasty-chocolatey nose with a port-vinous touch; moderate sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; cacao-powder and dark malt in the slightly drier bitter-sweet and vinous finish. Good, but not completely convincing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle. Nose of chocolate and roast, the sweetness and strong fruit/berries are late to the party but make a satisfying entrance. Pitch pour with a clingy, dense little tan head. Taste very sweet, fruity with cream/lactose and licorice, plums and raisins a bit fainter, about on par with the fading roast. Chocolate and subtle bitterness from the hops. Alcohol masterfully hidden, smooth on the whole but a touch crisp. Hint of smoke in the too-sweet aftertaste. Tone down the sugar, boys, and you’ve got something here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ration (2028) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 8.1.2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Dark brown with red tinge, quite small tan head. Aroma is fruity at first, then some caramel and malt. Medium body. Minimal alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet. Dark fruits, spices. Some roasted malt/chocolate character although that is not too prominent. Faint hops in the background. Not that stout-like and on the sweet side but avoids being too syrupy. Nice mix of complexity and drinkability.

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