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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 363   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!"


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pours a rich amber with little to no head. Its aroma is primarily of spices, although I get a slight hint of pineapple. There also appears to be a pineapple flavor to the beer, but it is fairly underwhelming

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (354) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBlueSky93 (354) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle; clear amber with small off-white head; aroma-nutty, caramel, sweet, hard liquor/bourbon, woody, dark fruits; taste-heavy sweetness, medium bitterness, sticky, syrup, long finish, burning alcohol. Hard to drink complex aroma but not easy to swallow.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours an orangey amber with no head. Aroma was alcoholic but sour. Tasted sweet with just a touch of sourness. Well masked alcohol content. A little dry on the palate but a nice thick brew.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
popkow (296) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doghair (281) - 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 can’t describe. It makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Minimal to no carbonation. I really didn’t enjoy this beer.

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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mensch (264) - 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.

3.9
   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.


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