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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned, Special;
Imperial Red Ale
"My goodness", muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, "the restrictive outerwear, the padded room-even padded Christmas tree ornaments. Horrifying! Yet the little chap seems happier than he’s ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikkellund42 (618) - DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear copper brown with small white head. Aroma is very fruity with notes of sour apples, red Bassett’s Wine Gums, white wine, lawn, pine tree and faint rosehip. Taste is initial medium sweet, then medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic. Body is heavy oily with medium carbonation. Finish is long and bitter-sweet and dominated by alcohol, but is also has notes of bitter grapefruit, caramel, fruit and flowers. Alcohol is too dominating.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark golden color. Smaller head. Not much aroma. Maybe some grains, metal, slight fruit or candy. Taste is better than the aroma. Medium light sweetness. Alcohol is slightly hidden. Slight metallic notes. Some fruits. Malts. Ok. Not sure i would call this a Christmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2869) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Vintage 2007 on label, purchased 2009 at Binny’s. Alcohol and brown sugar smell right under the cap. Pour doesn’t look that red, more of an autumn maple leaf, if that. No head, or course. Smell has a bit of red wine from the glass. But the taste is still a touch too much sugar, with some lactose giving a sensation of milk at the back of my throat. At least it has some malts to thicken up the mouthfeel. But it’s a pretty simple alcohol delivery system which I finished off without a second thought, unlike the nicely complex Goose Bourbon County BW I just had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1310) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours a clear amber with a foamy tan head. Aroma of corn and honey. Taste is sweet with a honey flavor in addition to a milk chocolate note. The finish is clean with notes of berry and the abv comes through a little as well

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1521) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear orange/amber with a thin off white head that stays. Aroma is spice and rock candy. Taste is sweet toasted malt. Sweetness is cloyingly so with maple syrup and caramel also present along with raw brown sugar. Deep alcohol warmth after swallow with hop bitterness. Very tasty and well balanced, except for sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (411) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
honey and licorice aromas, appear amber with a small head. great sweet and bitter taste, and a fine palate

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rumproasts (3575) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Ruby orange with minimal head. Very boozy with a some mild hops and sweet malt. I imagine this would make an effective cough syrup. As a beer, I can’t imagine ever enjoying this.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 7, 2013
Where and how: Cask Days 2013
Aroma alcoholic front, high pitched vibe, sweet sugary malts, hinted with red apple. 7-
Appearance :
Top: small rocky white cap.
Base: fine haze on amber gold
Palate : rough, dry alcoholic character, medium bodied, soft carbonation. Longer than average duration.
Taste: front rough. Secondary bitterness with sweet malts. Hints of honey behind.
Other notes not most balanced barley wine.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (4867) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Not great. Sugar bomb. Candied malt, sweet finish and orange pour. Syrupy disaster. Had at Cask Days 2013.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
Very xmassy spice, big nose. A fuller mouthfeel for a cask, Cask Days 2013. A sipper really. Change of pace but dangerously high abv.


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