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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 361   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Brownish pour, light tan head. Malty sweet, caramel, dark buckwheat pancakes, sticky. Not my thing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (9999) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9979) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (9438) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle from trade with Hermod, many thanks! (2012 Vintage Ale) Fast klare orangegoldene Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch intensiv süß malzig, holzg, reifes Obst, Vanille, alkoholisch. Geschmack süß, holzig, sehr reife Früchte, mild, Vanille, alkoholisch, schwer trinkbar!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9237) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8898) - 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).

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (8609) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (8593) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8311) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle from State Line. Coppery brown pour with minimal off-white head. MEdium palate heft with decently hidden alcohol, and flavors of caramel malt, earthy plummy fruit, hops, and x-mas spices. Gets hotter late, but is not bad for a holiday beer. Better than my expectations.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8224) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Fine yellowish head, fast gone over clear darker copper-amber beer. Ureum and alcohol, almonds, cheap brandy, faint hops, wet dog; bit of a jumble. Sweet alcoholic taste, brandy cake with sugar & frangipane dressing, burnt bitter, lots of caramel. Chocolate retronasal. Sharp MF, lots of alcoholwarming, fizzy feeling. Definitely a bit over – typically extra-strong British ale. It makes me think of a young Hardy’s ale, as from Eldridge Pope, but missing that one’s complexity. <i> Big thanks to Darren! </i>


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