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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 261   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?


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scipio (703) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StoutHead (661) - DENMARK - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep red color with a fine white head. Aroma of mostly just of roasted malt with a hint of caramel. Taste of roasted malt, flat coffee, chocolate, caramel, spices, nuts, wood, dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. Very sweet and mild with a dry slightly bitter aftertaste - although that being said I don’t really taste hops. Medium body and below medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing too special either.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (723) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
500ml bottle. Colour is deep brown with a small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate and malts. Flavour is the same with some coffee and toffee.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (2241) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2014
This board with a small light brown head that didn't last, no lace and clear almost opaque garnet color. Aroma is roast malt molasses. Flavor is fairly dry carbonic tang stands out dominates some medicinal chocolate cocoa and is also like aroma. Body seems to be a tad on the thin side and is slightly over carbonated. Not one of my favorite Ridgeway beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1202) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Deep brown almost black, thin white foam. A very smooth beer, especially considering it’s 8%. Smooth roastiness, some coffee and bitter malts, a certain degree of fruitiness, a slightly fruity herbal hoppiness. All very tasty really. With the soothing nature of the oats in there it’s more of a strong oatmeal stout than a foreign extra but that doesn’t really matter - it’s very nice!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (947) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website:
Roasted malts & chocolate with hints of coffee. Some smoke around the middle and faint alcohol. The beer is rounded off with some light spice & sugar but its the toasted malts that dominates.
Black with a 0.5cm foamy head that’s light beige & slowly fades to a fine lacing on the surface before turnig patchy a minute later.
Spicy upfront with roasted malts & coffee that match the smell with some sugar & earthy flavours too. I could detect some chocolate & grain with hints of sweetness rounding things off.
Slightly spicy with some sweetness towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth & creamy in places with some grain initially but this passes quickly & the beer is a fairly easy one to drink with only touches of alcohol coming through.

A fairly decent beer, not quite as sweet as some of the other foreign export stouts but there was some coming through in the taste, particularly towards the end and the alcohol content of the beer was relatively well hidden too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1079) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 30, 2014
dark brown colour, practically no head; aroma of chocolate, some coffee, and alcoholic notes; taste of herbal liqueur, chocolate, some coffee, earthy notes and alcohol; correct stout

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (341) - Udine, ITALY - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle 0.5L. Black body with average, frothy, tan head, fully diminishing with virtually no lacing. Moderate-to-heavy malty (caramel, roasted) and hoppy aroma, with notes oflicorice, nuts, cofee, light chocolate. Moderate-to-heavy bitter flavour with light-to-moderate sweet character. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
Backlog. On tap at Green Lion Inn December 2010. Coffee, chocolate, burnt malts, caramel and dried fruits.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7616) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit schöner beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade. Geschmack ebenfalls röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (272) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2014
From 0,5l bottle. Pour clear dark brown to black liquid, against spotlight red, with small tan head with medium bubbles, fell off quickly. Aroma: Espresso, red fruits, licorice, dark chocolate. Taste: medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour, roasted malt, dark chocolate, red fruits. Palate: full body, oily texture, soft to average carbonation, long bitter, roasted dry finish. Overall: very good piece of Stout. Full and rich. Appreciate.


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