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Ridgeway Imperial Porter

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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Imperial/Strong Porter
Reading, England
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Any porter requires complexity of malt and yeast flavours without excessive bitterness. We use a mixture of Maris Otter variety pale ale malt, pilsner malt, crystal malt, amber malt, black malt, roasted barley and malted oats. Porters, even imperial ones, are not a hop driven style of beer so the aim is to produce a simple clean background bitterness using traditional varieties like Challenger, Golding and Progress.
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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Douberd (2298) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
(Ridgeway Imperial Porter) Bottle 500ml from Hermod, thanks! Poured into a snifter, ABV 8% Dark brown on the body, small an thin, almost frothy tan head, with low retention. Minimal lacing left behind. Aroma of light chocolate, oats, some liquorice. Taste is a bit better, roasted malts, chocolate, oats, the alcohol a bit notable on the finish, mildly bitter aftertaste. Medium thin body, much thinner than I expected from the alcohol level, low carbonation too. Overall okay, nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20807) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle in a hotel room in Helsinki. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and light roasted aroma of caramel and licorice. Roasted flavour of caramel, licorice and bisquits. Light roasted finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marduk (2733) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 7, 2014
500ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Very dark brown color. Tiny to almost no head. Orange peel, nettles, thistle in aroma. Minerals, sweet, herbal, chocolate in taste. Tastes sit in different corners and don’t want to communicate to each other. Flat. Soft to medium carbonation. Minerals in aftertaste. Nah, not doing it for me.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2014
500ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Sweet caramelly aroma, but of roast, some zestiness even. Black, brief tan head. Feels flat in the mouth. Rough nasty burnt malts. Rotten and stinky again. Later, the aroma picks up the stinky aspects, not so good at all. Later I even get alcohol from the taste. Nope, this is not good at all, apart from the early look, but the head did flatten too quickly, and later it was even looking dull and flat, not sure it was even worth 4.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SperkeleForce (550) - FINLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle 50 CL. Pours black with thin white lacing head. Notes of roasted, coffee, bread, chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (209) - Joensuu, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Vähän hajuton, vähän mauton, mutta kuulaan musta. Raikas portteri. Kyllä toistekin voi juoda.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
No head, quite thick black body. It’s not a heavy palate, actually a bit watery. The aroma is quite good, with wood and coffee. Slightly bitter. The taste is not so full.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2014
Flaske 0,5l fra Alko Muonio. Drukket i Skibotn 11 Aug 13. Ultradyp mørk amber. Nesten svart. Lavt skum som raskt går over i en tynn film. Beskjeden kaffearoma. Smaken sammensatt: Litt kaffe. Sjokolade. Godt integrert. Ikke påtrengende. Ettersmak av sjokolade.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12548) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Dark deep ruby color, tiny beige head. Aroma of bread and toasted, even burnt maltyness. Mediun-bodied. Caramel, licorice, light alcohol in the finish. Lowish bitterness. A bit like Baltian porters.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Andy_ (689) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Clear reddish brown coloured beer with minimal off white head. Faint aromas of vanilla and dark malts. Flavors of licorice and malts. Finish has alcohol. Medium full palate with moderately high carbonation. Weirdly tasteless and highly carbonated for a porter.


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