Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 286   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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mrol (330) - - JUN 17, 2015
Pours brown color and small head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, chocolate . Flavor is coffee and toffee. Nice and dry.

MrOrla (3215) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2015
500 ml Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma malt, prunes and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some chocolate, caramel, malt and raisins.

solidfunk (8964) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Worlds better than the lump of coal. Roasty, with some chocolate and light coffee. Thick consistency. Medium bitter finish. Tap at Churchkey.

Travlr (24897) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle. Clear maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of vinous dark fruit. Taste is fruity, earthy. Decent.

gegwilson (3708) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours mahogany with no lasting head. Rich, sweet and fruity with notes of blackcurrant and coffee. A ice bitter finish. Very tasty and far too drinkable for the ABV.

StoutHead (966) - DENMARK - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep red color with a fine white head. Aroma of mostly just of roasted malt with a hint of caramel. Taste of roasted malt, flat coffee, chocolate, caramel, spices, nuts, wood, dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. Very sweet and mild with a dry slightly bitter aftertaste - although that being said I don’t really taste hops. Medium body and below medium carbonation. Not bad, but nothing too special either.

Mr_Pink_152 (5011) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
500ml bottle. Colour is deep brown with a small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate and malts. Flavour is the same with some coffee and toffee.

drpimento (3641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2015 Much better than the last time I had it. So much better, I’d say it’s been reformulated. For the better. Does seem to fit the mold of a foreign stout. Very drinkable.

JorgeLee (2117) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Deep brown almost black, thin white foam. A very smooth beer, especially considering it’s 8%. Smooth roastiness, some coffee and bitter malts, a certain degree of fruitiness, a slightly fruity herbal hoppiness. All very tasty really. With the soothing nature of the oats in there it’s more of a strong oatmeal stout than a foreign extra but that doesn’t really matter - it’s very nice!

flying_pig (1572) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website:
Roasted malts & chocolate with hints of coffee. Some smoke around the middle and faint alcohol. The beer is rounded off with some light spice & sugar but its the toasted malts that dominates.
Black with a 0.5cm foamy head that’s light beige & slowly fades to a fine lacing on the surface before turnig patchy a minute later.
Spicy upfront with roasted malts & coffee that match the smell with some sugar & earthy flavours too. I could detect some chocolate & grain with hints of sweetness rounding things off.
Slightly spicy with some sweetness towards the end. Medium bodied, smooth & creamy in places with some grain initially but this passes quickly & the beer is a fairly easy one to drink with only touches of alcohol coming through.

A fairly decent beer, not quite as sweet as some of the other foreign export stouts but there was some coming through in the taste, particularly towards the end and the alcohol content of the beer was relatively well hidden too.

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