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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: 336   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 hes ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
swong17 (58) - USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice burnt red without much head. Smells sweet with raisins and ripe red berries, backed by a lot of malt. Flavor was a bit simpler and thinner than other barleywines Ive had. Sticky sweet with toffee, caramel, and some dark berries. Not usually a huge fan of barleywines, so Im pretty lukewarm on this one, but not bad overall and can definitely see it be a nice drink by the fire after coming in from the cold.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rizk (36) - central florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
im not quite sure what is insanely bad, the elf or the beer? medium to thick body, with a dark amber pour. headless and laceless. carmel fruity taste with a slight lingering alcohol

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fitch256 (32) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle: Poured a relatively nice red color, with a sweet aroma. The taste was surprisingly more sweet than I anticipated, and did a nice job masking the high alcohol content. Overall fairly good, but it packs a good punch so for those that are "lightweights", Id stray from this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Deep copper color with a 1 finger head on the pour. Some lacing, but not much. Aroma has notes of fruit preserves or maybe fruit liqueur. Lots of malt. Yeasty, with hints of fruity liqueur, then it mellows on your palette to a dry, clean hop finish. Mouth-feel is thick and full bodied; very lightly carbonated. Barleywine or English Strong Ale? Whatever the intended style, this is an amazing beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
soapbox (18) - Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2009
This red ale has the body and sweetness of Port wine. Has a strong red grape/honey flavor. I like port; however, I was in the mood for beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Floridadude (5) - USA - MAY 18, 2008 does not count
Poured a nice amber / copper color, no head to speak of. Malty, sweet, not an everyday beer for me but worth a try of you like this style.


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