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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   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!"


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (10992) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/16/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta

Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: heavy malt aroma with a sticky fruity sweetness and light earthyness,
Body: sticky body,
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice sweet fruity character, light earthy bitterness adds a touch of balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10836) - San Diego, California, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2009
33 cL bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear red color with a thin head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus, green apple, other fruits and nuts. Taste is very fruity with berries, nuts, citrus, plum. Toffee and slight alcohol warmth also. Medium bodied.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Brownish pour, light tan head. Malty sweet, caramel, dark buckwheat pancakes, sticky. Not my thing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, grain and floral. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. with a long warm and caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9686) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
Very xmassy spice, big nose. A fuller mouthfeel for a cask, Cask Days 2013. A sipper really. Change of pace but dangerously high abv.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (9576) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
33cl bottle. 2013 vintage. Seems like basically a barleywine ale. Deep amber pour, sweet caramel notes, hint of hop spice, hot and boozy even with age. VEry sweet and sugary. Its okay.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (9405) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
330ml bottle, bb: 04.11.20, by the courtesy of Finn. Off-white, bubbly head with short retention. Bright, golden-brown body, maybe with a red glint. Rather faint aroma of apricot and brown sugar. Dried fruits, honey syrup and sweet malts in flavour – indication of cloying sweetness. Notes of metallic alcohol. One-dimensional. Ok slow sipper without greater enjoyments (Tromsø, 26.12.2010).

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (8705) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2011
11.2 fl oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Clear orange color, minimal white head. Light, smooth carbonation. Very boozy - there’s a slight sweet spice aroma, but it’s overwhelmed by the warmth of the booze. It’s like drinking a rose wine. It does get better as it warms, though.. But that could be because the alcohol is getting to me. It is indeed warming. In any case, I feel like this would definitely be better if I aged it a year or two.


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