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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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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 (14158) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle. Almost clear in the glass, golden in color and with a dense, finger-thick beige head. The aroma is one the malty side, with alcohol and a touch of acetone. Some piney hints. The flavor is pretty sweet, with caramel maltyness, bready hints, alcohol and acetone. Full body with alcohol warmth. Lasting finish. Too much alcohol in this one. Not particularly good actually. 141213

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14138) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (13426) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Appearance is glow-in-the-dark orange, very clear, minimal head that evaporates in seconds, and scant lacing. Smell is butterscotch and caramel. Taste is strong alcohol, scotch, and sweet dark fruit. Slight edge of bitterness and a dryish finish. Strength is too obvious, so drinking it is a bit of a chore.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (13000) - 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 (11971) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (11902) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle from Voldby. Vintage 2011. Clear reddish amber with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, heavy alcohol, dried fruit and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Light dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 071212

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11876) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle at home in Salisbury, shared with brother Charlie. Vintage 2007. Pours clear, glowing amber with a soft, creamy off-white head. Sweet malts, fruits, apple, faint caramel nose. Big sweet flavor, sugary bread, caramel, ripe fruits, like berries, mild booze, faint leaves. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, sticky and warm finish, ripe fruits, fruit liqueur, cake, rich bread, alcohol, apples, and toasted sugar. It’s a pretty heavy beer, but still pretty nice. Decent drinkability given the high ABV.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11652) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11528) - 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.


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