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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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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!"


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (10885) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (10871) - 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 (10769) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10570) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear brownish copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, dark fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10479) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2011
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. moderate bitter nice vinius flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Better than expected. Nice barleywine.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Orange/amber color, ok head. Sweet and with too much alcohol. Some nice things in there, but alcohol gets in the way.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bierkoning (10157) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle. Amber color. Malty bready aroma with hints of toffee and cake. malty sweet, alcoholic flavor, slightly perfumed with notes of toffee. Sticky mouthfeel.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
12 oz bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of bread, carmel, alcohol and light spice. Palate was medium bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of carmel, fruittiness and light spice with a smooth warming semi sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear light red with a small, rocky, white head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted grain, straw, caramel), average hops (flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates, plum, and candied apples. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9281) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2010
330ml bottle (St. Urho’s, Helsinki)
Well, I’ve had all the other elves, and the stronger they get, the worse they get, so there was some tripidation here...
Deep amber, no head, though a bit fizzy. Really rich malty aroma, some caramel. Flavour of those herring and rye-bread snacks from eliel. Some alcohol, but not offensive, suspect rice adjunct. Rye really strong, very pleasant. Almost a belgian feel. Better than I expected.


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