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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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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!"


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
I had one of my first "Wow-moments" before I was into good beer, drinking this a few years back. Poured clear red with a nice shimmer. Taste was caramel, spice and alcohol. At that time I found it both complex and amazing. Now not so much. A memorable beer for me personally but nothing I’d recommend today.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adster (511) - HUNGARY - SEP 16, 2014
Kitöltéskor borostyán színben úszik, igen tiszta, átlátszó, habja tört fehér. Mindeközben pedig alig győzzük csodálni, amint a Mikulás édességes zsákjának aromái köszönnek vissza ahhoz hasonlóan változatos jelleggel: illatos cukorkák, mézes alma, karamell és fenyőág, valamint - gondolva a felnőttekre - egy izmos mennyiségű likőrösség. Félő, hogy kissé talán túl sok lesz ez így, ezért óvatosan kortyolunk bele. Azt azonban már az első, szánkban történő megforgatása alatt leszögezhetjük, hogy óvatosságunk nem volt hiábavaló. A sziruposság óriásléptékben közelít, olajosan, meglehetősen mérsékelt szénsavtartalomba ágyazva, és mint az lenni szokott, az első kortyok lenyelése után válik megítélhetővé végül a karácsonyi süteményestál-jellegének kicsengése. Az mindenesetre sokat segít rajta, hogy a komló fenyős, gyantás karaktere megpróbálja kissé karcosítani a desszertszerű képet, ám összességében igencsak instabil az édességgyár szerkezete. Vannak kortyok, amelyek során határozottan összeszedettnek véljük a kompozíciót, legtöbbször azonban a porcukros szirupfolyam komótos, de ellenállhatatlan sodrása ragad el mindent, s az ember csak arra gondolhat, karácsonykor megengedhet magának egy mártózást benne.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (505) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Apple’s in caramel, cherries, alcohol. App: clear copper with small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, oily medium to high sweetness. Soft carbonation. Sweet alcohol finish. Overall: we definitely can feel the alcohol on it’s way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2009
12 oz bottle from Four Firkins. Dark golden color. Aroma is dominated by a boozy smell, slightly fruity. Taste is very boozy also with some sweet fruitiness and the finish is smooth and sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBlueSky93 (501) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicowv (476) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Nice caramel color and syrupy appearance that reminds one of scotch whiskey. Smells strongly of apple cider and other sweet smells. Alcohol flavor is intense and even burns a little as it goes down.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
2007 bottle served in a clear pint glass. The aroma was malts and caramel, with a taste that was much the same. The high ABV was so well masked that I didn’t know it was there till I felt my chest warm afterwards. I’ve never drank a Red Ale before, but this was an enjoyable beer. I picked one up off the bargain shelf for $2.99 ... I wish I would have grabbed an extra bottle or two at that price!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. RIBE pours ruby, clear and nearly headless. The nose is sweet and malty. The flavor is very sweet like cherry cough syrup and corn-based sweetener. The body is very thick and cloying. The alcohol stays with the soft tissues in your mouth in a pleasant way. As the beer warms up the hops make a muted appearance.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JAN 30, 2009
1/9 taste of a ’07 bottle. Burnt toast flavor over a sweet barley wine/red ale mix. Malt and candy-sugar heavy. More cons than pros. Hope to never taste it again.

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 ŕ petit alimentée par un tas de petites bulles qui s’extraient doucement du liquide, trčs étrange. Puis quand on goűte, on comprend mieux, le corps est trčs dense, męme pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal ŕ s’échapper de cette mélasse. Pour le reste, c’est moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche trčs sucrée, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux...


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