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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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 heís ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"


1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
popkow (290) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Elf into Pint with minimal head. Tanish red color with a bad elf alcohol aroma emanating from the North Pole. The alcohol led this sleigh to the sink drain as it was not worth suffering through.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a sparse head. Taste is very sweet, palate has medium bitters, a medium to full body and soft carbonation. Aroma has tokaj, molasses, warming alcohol. Although high alcohol is very well hidden, the sweetness is a bit overpowering.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doghair (268) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Nice red color with white foam. Lots of caramel and malt in the aroma. Taste is sweet and cloying. Fruity with a finish I canít describe. It makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Minimal to no carbonation. I really didnít enjoy this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehurt01 (262) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
A 11.2 oz bottle. The high alc/vol makes the need of a made on date pointless. The beer poured a deep red with a fizzy cream head. a light citrus smell. The taste is so smooth with a light sweetness. Little lacing with good carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Surprisingly light colored and white head. Aroma is lightly fruity with some sherry notes and plenty of esters and maybe higher alcolhols. Not entirely unpleasant. The flavor is mostly alcohol, with some sharp metallic notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (228) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Appleís 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 itís way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
11.2oz Bottle: Nice reddish copper body, no head. Alcohol on the first whiff, some dark fruit hanging around. Has a syrupy feel, coats the tongue. Dark fruits, alcohol, tastes mirrors the aroma.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
I canít believe the low ratings on this beer. A full flavored barely wine, not too thick, and a very nice kick. This has to be my favorite beer of the 2008 Holiday season. And I am so glad I still have a few bottles! Tasted rom the bottle @ 70F.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2011
Sample @ SBWF Notes of dried fruits, mostely raisins, but itís quite weak in flavor and there is a hint of skunk which doesnít do it justice. Well...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep golden-amber color. Small but persistent head. Nice lace down the glass. Aroma is malty, caramelly, with notes of licorice and hints of soft alcohol. Flavor is a very nice malt sweetness, with significant licorice liquor character. Very sweet, but not cloying. Aftertaste is pleasant sweetness, but balanced by the dryness of the alcohol. By far the best of the Elf series!


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