patrick767 (4095) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours amber with a thin head. The aroma is mostly malt with a touch of dark fruitiness in it. It tastes of sweet caramel malt, some light hops, and alcohol. There’s not a whole lot going on in this full bodied brew. It’s a decent barley wine, but overpriced for what it is. I’m getting the idea that Ridgeway makes a lot of fairly average quality beers with very premium price tags. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
From the bottle, pours a rather clear red with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly of light malts. Nothing too special in the taste, malty, alcohol, decent taste, good but nothing to write home about. Call it an ok one. FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2008
A reasonably vigorous pour produces a scant, one-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color and shows a hazed, light copper hue when held up to the light; this is definitely pale colored for a beer of this strength. The aroma smells of slightly sticky, almost unfermented malt, golden raisins, brandy, concentrated apples, somehow slightly tart and it has a fair amount of hop character under the more noticeable malt notes. Hop notes that lean towards herbal, perhaps a touch of menthol, clean citrus and a bit of a green note towards the end. Not a bad nose, it is a clean mix of malt and hop notes.Maria (10211) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2008
Sweet with notes of golden raisins up front, but then a herbal hop character kicks in that then moves to a solid, though slightly astringent, bitterness in the finish. Thick and chewy, though this is certainly not sticky. It has a certain viciousness and heft that makes it a sipping brew, but not overly heavy. Somehow the simple malt character can actually disappear underneath the fairly mild hop character; at these times the beer tastes too green and astringent. This is actually quite hoppy for an exported English beer (especially the ones usually exported to the states). It has a touch of hot alcohol to it in the finish, though is actually fairly mild for a beer of this strength.
Not nearly as bad as I expected for some reason, but then it is not all that great either. I have a feeling that the bland malt character will pick up some character with some age. This could age for quite some time (though the lack of bottle conditioning is disappointing), but the fresher hop notes will certainly fade).
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It’s a very beautiful, warm amber beer with a small, dense head. The aroma is fruity sweet with notes of malt and caramel. The mouthfeel is fat and the flavour has sweetness, light fruits, malt, caramel, candy sugar, a nice bitterness for this style, and it’s a bit citrussy in the finish. It’s an uncomplicated BW, maybe not as complex as many others, but charming! thedm (6308) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a transparent softly carbonated light brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The weak aroma was mild vinous and malt hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The weak flavor contained notes of hops mildly vinous and brown malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Deep gold with a nice white head that leaves a decent lace all the way down the bottle. Malty aroma with some earthy hops, but marred by a significant fusel nose, with notes of green apple and some hints of solvent. Flavor is better, with malt up front, some hops, but still with some higher alcohols. Not extreme, but off-putting. Some alcoholic astringence in the mouthfeel. raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle 0.5 l. Clear amber, almost no head. Nose has hops, alcohol, nuts, bourbon, marzipan. Flavor is slightly bitter, nutty, bit fruity but mostly dry. Alcohol is quite upfront. Not bad, but not very rememberable either. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
500ml Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of fruits, malts, alcohol, some plum, grains, and other dark fruits. Poured amber in color with a large, foamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of alcohol, grains, grapes, malts, dark fruits, and honey. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, malty, alcohol finish. Warming. daniele (9550) - ITALY - JAN 22, 2008
chiara limpida buona schiuma abbastanza pesistente decisamente corposa calda dolciastra ma un poco acidula hayduke (5619) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
From 500 bottle this poured orange with big bubble head, hat left little lacing. Nose was of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts. Sticky mouthfeel. Flavor was sweet malts. Finish was sweet also. Drinkable, but way down the list of my barley wines.