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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

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

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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20486) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled (from Alko Prisma, Vaasa). Deep amber colour, small brown head. Aroma is mild plum, raisins, toffee, slight roast, liquorice and ashes. Flavour is roast, ashes, ripe fruits, mild lactic notes. Quite dry palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (12323) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
FatPhil (8995) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2013
Many thanks to Finn for a 500ml bottle of this one. Bubbly, beige head reduced to a low layer. Poor lacing. A rustic shade to a deep dark coloured body. Restrained aroma of roasted grainy malts. Flavours of grainy chocolate malts, ash and a little touch of vanilla. Malt bitter ending. Fine bodied, not overly sweet. Pleasing (Tromsø, 03.08.2013).

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (6474) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2013
500 ml bottle. BB 06/12/14. (Alko) Tampere, Finland.
The beer in the glass is dark reddish brown almost black coloured with a small tan head. The aroma is rather mild with roasted malt, dark chocolate, some sweetness and grassy hoppy notes. The flavour is very roasted malty with ashy and dark chocolate notes and some grassy hoppy bitterness. Balanced. Very drinkable for a 8% porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (5927) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2012
500 ml bottle. Rated on 5.12.2012.
Pours a black colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, tar and licorice. Flavour of roasted malts, grassy bitterness, milk chocolate, tar and some licorice. Medium bodied, oily mouthfeel and low carbonation. Surprisingly good for a Ridgeway beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5854) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2012
50 cl bottle. BBE 25.01.2014.
Pours a pitch black color with a small, rapidly dissipating off-white head.
Aroma is quite unexpected, some very dry or even burnt corn, almost like a bit burned popcorn (without salt), furthermore, the aroma gave me a clear reminiscence of an aroma of cooled pancakes! So quite unique stuff even though I haven’t got to the tasting part yet. The roasted malts and mild dark chocolate notes are there too followed by some english hops.
Flavor is also very dry and dominated by oat, some toasty malts, wood, a bit of flour, hints of rye, cocoa powder and some hints of vanilla also.
Velvety smooth palate with a mouth-drying malty finish. A total kick in the head kind of surprise and definitely not in a bad way. Unique.
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5407) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 14.01.2014
Aroma is stale and feels rather English. It has English hops, some hay and some licorice. Flavour has english hops, some hay, somewhat salty licorice, some herbs and distant coffee notes. Dry finish with lingering hoppiness. The licorice and herbal notes are nice, but this is just too English for me. Also, I expect a 8% ABV beer to be less thin.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4003) - 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.


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