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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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!"


Doghair's rating

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doghair (294) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Nice red color with white foam. Lots of caramel and malt in the aroma. Taste is sweet and cloying. Fruity with a finish I can’t describe. It makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Minimal to no carbonation. I really didn’t enjoy this beer.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niller (933) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. (2013 Vintage). Pours clear golden with an off-white head. Taste is sweet malts, fruits, caramel, alcohol. Oily texture. Full body. Sweet warming finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
KRS 131214. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is peaches, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, alcohol, pine, orange, peaches, alcohol, caramel. Full body. OK beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2015
Poured an orange color with aromas of fruit, caramel and some spice reminiscent of a holiday mead. Flavors match the aromas with aromas alcohol boozy aftertaste. Not much in flavor just booze and light caramel and some sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBlueSky93 (500) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle from Bier Huis. Pours orange, thick gloopy, orange, no head really, probably the most viscous I’ve ever seen a brew be. Smells like a Christmas Pudding. Dark Fruits, Raisins, Plums, Caramel, Toffee. Like drinking Treacle, its that thick. Initial plums, cherries, raisins, caramel, toffee, port, blackberries, touch of fizz, very fruity. Breadiness too. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is fruity, caramel, nutty, taste is similar, quite boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (10485) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from trade with Hermod, many thanks! (2012 Vintage Ale) Fast klare orangegoldene Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch intensiv süß malzig, holzg, reifes Obst, Vanille, alkoholisch. Geschmack süß, holzig, sehr reife Früchte, mild, Vanille, alkoholisch, schwer trinkbar!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4303) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 26, 2015
Reddish brown body and very small head. Very punchy, strong fermentation aromas, fruits, concentrated sugar. Very sweet, luscious, delicious too. Overdone and I an loving it. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (461) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
Blonde/rousse/rouge, pas de mousse au versage, mais elle apparaît petit à petit alimentée par un tas de petites bulles qui s’extraient doucement du liquide, très étrange. Puis quand on goûte, on comprend mieux, le corps est très dense, même pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal à s’échapper de cette mélasse. Pour le reste, c’est moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche très sucrée, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux...

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluejacket74 (1553) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2015
11.2 ounce bottle, 2013 vintage, label stamp says best before 16 09 23. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with maybe a quarter inch off-white head that didn’t stay around for very long. There’s a decent amount of lacing. The aroma starts off boozy, with some toffee, candied oranges, stone fruit and some caramel malt noticeable. The taste is mainly sweet and boozy, it tastes like dried fruit (stone fruit and dark fruit), booze, and bready malt. The booziness just seems worse the longer I drink this, and unfortunately so does the overall flavor of this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s syrupy and coating with moderate carbonation. This isn’t bad, but it wasn’t exactly good either. Maybe it needs more age on it, who knows. It’s worth trying once, but I likely wouldn’t buy this again.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
This seems to be sold as something of a novelty but what do I know. It is orange w/ a small head. Its nose is kind of spicy, fruity w/ a touch of ginger and pear. It is a bit piny and very sweet and quite heavy across the palate. I wouldn’t say this is horrible but I do not honestly see myself ever drinking it again intentionally.


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