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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 334   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!"


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13851) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle from Liva. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet and syropy with fruits, caramel, malt and hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2011
33cl bottle from The Bottle Shop, Canterbury. Clear deep deep amber colour, with thin off white head. Aroma of hot alcohol and syrupy light malts and some hop. Yes, a typical Uk Christmas barley wine, in that there is plenty of crystallised citrus fruit. Better in mouth than I expected from the aroma and the finish is pretty good too. Drank it with Waitrose millionaires shortbread to combat the sweetness which worked well and highlighted the fruit and hops in this beer. I just don’t know if I like this or not. A bit single minded and not very subtle. Maybe just a bit one dimensional.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (12538) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2010
Bottled 330ml (Alko, BB 11/2020)
The final elf? Beer is pale amber colored with good white head. Aroma has light apple fruityness and alcohol, like in the quality Russian strong lagers. Medium to full bodied. Powerful alcohol in the front, then some licorice, marmalade and red apples. Long lingering bitter alcohol in the finish. Yes, it is a real winter warmer but a bit too much even ...

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
(Bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of cardboard, spoiled fruit, herbs, and sour baby runs. Flavor of apricot, cardboard, burnt grain, and caramel. Drop of the “elf” and I agree with the name of this beer.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(33cl bottle) Small beige head that almost wholly dissipates atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is sweet, caramel, cherry, light raisin, grapefruit. Taste is treacly sweet, cherry, caramel, some alcohol, medicinal (cherry). Full body, some syrup, low carbonation. When I drive I assiduously avoid looking at trainwrecks, but with the Ridgeway Elf (and even Xmas generally) series, I find myself compelled to try each one, despite the near certainty that I’ll be disappointed. Sadly, no surprises with this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, Søren]
Pours clear brownish copper with an impressive, staying, yellowish head. Aroma is sweet, some caramel and sugar. Medium carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, vinious, light metallic, softly alcoholic. Fine caramel balanced by the alcohol and a slight dose of flowery hops. Warms nicely.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and copper/orange color. Aroma is light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic. Taste is syrupy/slick and alcohol up front, moves to light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic hops, some cherry. OK carbonation. Somewhat unusual. Occasional.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
"Vintage 2007". Aroma of caramel and reddish stone fruits. Clear reddish color with a white head that didn’t last. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is caramel, fruity (cherry or berry), and a little alcohol. The finish is dryish and a woodiness tends to build. Not getting much hop. The heat starts to be noticeable. Something like sultana appears. Might be a bit of date. Doesn’t seem so dry as a bit ago. It’s a good sipper.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/16/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta

Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: heavy malt aroma with a sticky fruity sweetness and light earthyness,
Body: sticky body,
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice sweet fruity character, light earthy bitterness adds a touch of balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10872) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark amber with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, little toffee and notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, medium sweet with notes of alcohol.


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