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style
Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. All’s well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesnt’t it? "Indeed" sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear I shall soon go crazy as well" And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place. Peter Scholey, Brewer.

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2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Clear yellow orange color with sticky white lacing. This beer is a little light in the appearance for it’s style. Lots of lager aromas including musk, yeast and basement. The palate also has a large lager feel to it. There are definitely more viscous and heavy notes than a lager but no where near what a good barley wine should be. This beer just seems to fall a little short in every aspect except for the alcohol amount.


3.2
DraftDodger (1655) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2017
Copenhagen 18/5 2017. 50 cl bottle from Kokkens Vinhus. The cvriminally Bad Elf is seen on the label with the mouth full of food and with a cup of beer. Pours clear light amber with a dense white head. Settles as 0,5 cm thick layer of foam. Aroma is intensely sweet and rich. Dark sweet fruit with a touch of fermentation., sugar and a strong whiff of alcohol. Very soft carbonation and medium thick palate. Flavor is heavy sweet. Light bitterness. Aftertaste is sweet marzipan and heavy alcohol. Overwhelmingly sweet version of an Christmas Elf. It starts in sugar and ends in syrup. But not a bad way to celebrate Christmas.

3.9
superspak (5871) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2017
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/16/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/light copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big golden raisin, peach, apricot, plum, cherry, berry, orange, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Bit of diacetyl, but not overwhelming. Taste of big golden raisin, peach, apricot, plum, cherry, berry, orange, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, light pepper/pine, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, peach, apricot, plum, cherry, berry, orange, pear, apple, honey, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bread, light nuttiness/toffee, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild warmth, with zero booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barelywine. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and easy to drink for the big ABV. Very well balanced with well rounded malt/yeast complexity for the style; without being bitter or boozy. A very enjoyable offering.

2.5
Kleg (379) - The Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Clear amber pour with a small white head and fair retention. Tiny bit of lacing. Slight flavor of caramel before the alcohol takes over completely. The flavor isn’t bad but 10.5 ABV is just too damn strong. Dangerous elf. Probably tastes better if you’re already blitzed.

3
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Had at Xmas eve 2016. Malty but not syrupy ends a little bitter. Ok Stuff, Serving: Bottle

2.9
BBHansen (962) - Køge, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2016
Tap @ Hugos w friends/Don, Puddel etc. Appearance: pours clear amber with limited off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: toffee, alcohol and light fruity notes. palette: medium alcoholic and malty aroma, average carbonation, medium body, distinct sweetness, unbalanced by a light to medium bitterness, average duration to long and an oily texture. Overall: way to sweet and 1 dimensional

3.4
Jenner707 (82) - DENMARK - NOV 13, 2016
Golden Amber beer, smells like caramel and Oak. The aroma is dominatet by the Oak cask, caramel, malt and alkohol and last all the way through the sip. The taste has very Small hints of fruit, malt and alkohol.

3.7
Stuu666 (14533) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Bottle at home, bbe 25/9/16. Pours golden amber, nose is caramel, toffee, marzipan, oak, taste is sweet, toffee, marzipan, rich, not bad,

4.4
beer_queue (145) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Appearance: Transparent, medium brown/amber; thick, rich head with medium lacing. Nose: Light fruits, caramel, wheat bread, bitter honey, a little bit of hops & booze in the background. Taste: Very sweet on arrival, the booze comes through during the development, but quickly finishes with a balanced hoppy bitterness & honey sweetness. The hops at the end aren’t too overwhelming either. Once warm, though, the malts are more apparent, but the alcohol is greatly intensified and stays all the way through the finish. The sweetness is also transformed into a more citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, very dry finish. Overall: It’s good, that’s for sure, but this isn’t a light beer.

3.1
wiedrzensky (945) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours is orange clear with thick, unstable white head. Aroma of malts, apple, winous, toast, fruity. Solid malty background, medium finish, touch of bitter notes. Heavy body, oily texture, light bitter finish.

3
mice (1009) - FINLAND - AUG 3, 2016
Kirkas, kuparinvärinen olut pienehköllä ja nopeasti katoavalla vaahdolla. Tuoksu runsaan maltainen ja karamellinen, hieman marjainen ja aavistuksen alkoholinen. Maku maltainen, karamellinen, viljainen ja hieman hedelmäinen ja mausteinen. Alkoholi puskee aika vahvasti läpi lämmittäen. Suutuntuma korkeintaan keskitäyteläinen. Jälkimaku alkoholinen ja kielen päällä mausteisen sekä alkoholisen poltteleva. Ei tämä ohraviini nyt ihan jalkoja alta vienyt, toki jos useamman ottaisi niin varmaan nopeastikin.


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