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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 259   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?


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scipio (682) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1151) - 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 (898) - 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 (994) - 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 (315) - 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 (6873) - 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 (211) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (598) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 25, 2014
Bottled. In its category. I think this stout is very good! Rich aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, some minor spices used for meat like spare ribs. Taste is pretty the same which is good. Overall a very tasty bottled stout. Abv is pretty high, hidden and hence deceptive. The beer is too easy to drink for 8% abv.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (3620) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2014
500ml bottle. Ruby red glowing, darkest brown colour with small to average, creamy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Roasty dark malty aroma, a touch of liquorice and dark chocolate. Taste is roasty dark malty with some underlying sweetness, a touch of caramel and dark chocolate, fruity hints of raisin.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Leini (725) - SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
Sample at a tasting. Dark brown body with a white head. Roasted malt and chocolate. Quite thin, but pleasant.


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