Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Ridgeway FES bottle matures in a similar way to vintage port. Roasted malts and leaf hops initially provide an aroma of breakfast coffee and fresh spices that gradually fades to reveal licorice, caramel and raisin notes that are products of the ageing process. Beneath all this change sits a solid and resilient backbone of bitter English hop. Satisfyingly foreign. You might even imagine the glow of the peat fire?

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10958) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle. Molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with thin head. Sweet molasses and coffee malt flavor with hint of smokiness. Nice blending of sweetness and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
The aroma is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin for a stout. Overall its pretty good but not world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2007
Bottled. A black beer with a decent off-white head. Sweet milky chocolate and licquorice in the silky inviting aroma, The taste has good roasty malts around a smooth chocolatey body. Nice alcohol hit. Good licquorice and fossil fuel flavours. Very smooth and drinkable. Some milikiness also. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2007
0.5 l bottle. Reddish black color with creamy quickly diminishing head. Sweetish, toasty, toffeish and nutty aroma. Sweet softly roasty flavor with notes of cola, coffee, toffee and licorice. Easy drinking beer with low bitterness and sugary sweetness. Lacks the deep flavors one expects from a 8 % abv beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2573) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Pours with a light tan, four-finger head that goes slowly and leaving some lace. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Almost black color, hints of mahogany. Nose is chocolate/licorce. Flavor is sweet licorce/chocolate, some hoppy bitterness at finish. $4.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2007
(Bottled) Clear, dark cola brown with a smallish, lemonadey and quickly fading head. Quite strong, roasty, smoky-licoricey and milky aroma. Salty-licoricey, lightly roasty and smoky, sweetish-malty flavor with low bitterness. Alcohol is completely hidden. Medium-bodied, smooth and slicky palate with quite low carbonation. A quite enjoyable, sweetish and a bit cough-medicine-like stout. Also reminds me of A.Le Coq Juluporter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Thin and sweet, but very tasty. Its got the flavor of a nice sweet stout with a pleasant feeling of taste. Still, a very worthy drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25763) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2007
Bottled. Black beer with huge beigeish brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, licorice, slightly wooden and also caramelly. Once it warms up some roasted malts and wood also become present. Flavour is mildly roasted malts, big time smoked wood as well as some mild bitterness. Rather sweet flavour overall. Hides the alcohol well in the flavour, but gives a little warming kick when drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (10137) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle. Black with a very small head. Aromas are earthy and prickly with coffee and molasses. Flavours are caramel and chocolate malts. Quite sweet with liquorice. Dry on the finish. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16447) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2007
Bottled (BB 10/2009)
Dark ruby - almost opaque - color, good creamy beige head. Aroma has smokey roasted malts and wood, milk chocolate and similar lactose smell than in unclean taps, I have noticed similar in some Czech lagers. Quite full-bodied. Lactose, light smokey-licorice-roasted malts flavors. Alcohol and hops kick slightly in the finish. Aftertaste is warming with licorice flavors. This is more Sweet Stout than FES, but there is some similarities to Camerun version of Guinness FES. Didnt impress me, I wonder if cellaring matures this one to better (I doubt, too unlively brew).

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