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Ridgeway Imperial Red Ale

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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilverfoX (624) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Malty, caramel aromas, reddish brown colour body with white lacing, tastes like it smells really

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (22073) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 8, 2015
Bottled (backlog). Reddish amber colour, small foamy white head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, alcohol and quite rich on berries and floral notes as well. Flavour is caramel, sweet malts, berries and some alcohol as well. Also mild toasted notes to it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours deep amber, nose is caramel, woody, taste is sweet caramel, dry and bitter.

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kotkas (15) - - FEB 26, 2015
Kaisin sobraga saunas, ei olnud hea valik parast kuuma leili. Värv, lohn okei, maitses nagu k*si

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3607) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
330ml bottle. Crystal clear amber color. Small size, white head, disappears. Sweet, raisins, massive malts, white candy caramel, bit of alcohol in aroma. Malty, caramel, hazelnuts, sweet in taste. Medium bitterness. Nice malty aftertaste. Solid brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (573) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours copper red color with small white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malty, yeasty, fruity. Taste is sweet, for a second u feel some bitterness, Honey, plums, caramel, apricot, honey, sweet aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1116) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2015
from a 330ml bottle on 5/1/2015. Pours a murky reddy brown with the brest of heads. Has a nice strong sweet toffee malt aroma. Take a sip and you get more sweet toffee, caramel, golden syrup, as well as some tart fruity booziness, finishing with a medium dry lingering bitterness. The palate is a little oily and the carbonation soft. Does present more as a barley wine than a red ale, but regardless, itís a very pleasant and moreish sipper. Iím quite surprised this is not rated more highly on here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1351) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2014
0,33L bottle (from Drink Shop). Pours golden-amber with off-white head. Aroma is caramel, malt, fruits. Flavor is sweet, caramel, fruits, herbal. Finish is fruity bitter. Overall: very nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CharlieTwoPies (31) - United Kingdom, - DEC 25, 2014
Bright copper red colour with small white head. Not particularly persistent but some retention. Spicy, vinous aroma like a warming fruit pie. Sweet cherries, raisins, and alcohol. Nice warming mouthfeel with sweet caramel tastes of vine fruits and sugar and alcohol. Nowhere near as hoppy as I expected. Not sure what differentiates it from a barley wine. Despite apparent alcohol in aroma and taste it is still very smooth with the right touch of caramel to balance some fruity bitterness from the hops (presumably). Overall very nice. Not perfect. But very nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1361) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle #6781. 2012 vintage. Light copper body, small head. The aroma has sweet baked apples and butterscotch, also some barrel wood - quite similar to some barrel aged beers like Founders Backwoods Bastard etc. Very smooth. Sweet caramelly taste with more apples and butterscotch. Hints of brandy in the finish. Not exceedingly complex but still very enjoyable because itís smooth and rather well balanced. I like it.


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