Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Foreign Stout
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 283   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - DEC 13, 2008
It amazes me that this beer isnt rated highter. Dark, dark amber brown in color. Quickly diminishing small tan head. Smokey aroma with a nice chocolate taste, maybe a hint of caramel. Great finish of mellow chocolate with a little bit of coffee. Very smooth tasting beer. This one ranks at the top of my list.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gripweed57 (1506) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Transluscent dark brown color with reddish hues. Small tan head. Wonderful sweet roasted malt aroma of coffee and treacle. Wow, this is really good! Complex dark malt flavor with notes of dried fruit, licorice, root beer and molasses. There is an unlying hop character that balances this stout nicely, but the malt is the real star here. The long flavorful warming finish is sublime. This truly is a World Class Stout!.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black darkness with a white 1 finger head that diminishes to a thin lacing. Aroma is all malt, with some etoh and faint bitter coffee. A bit chewy raisin and sweet then creamy milk chocolately finishes a bit dry and slightly bitter hop presence to finish. Ridiculously sessionable lots of love for this stout. Very worthy of the pelican gulp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6192) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Aroma is of dark and funky malts while the appearance is extremely dark amber. The flavor is chocolate and expresso. Not a very easy to find style of beer but this was very good and worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20130) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, red-brown with a big, light tan head. Dark malt aroma with some cocoa and caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor, great chocolate notes, light leafy bitters, very mild roast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, light licorice, cocoa, light mocha, faintly bitter and lightly fruity. Pretty excellent beer. The abv isnt detectable at all. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Very nice, very smooth, and with its sturdy ABV well hidden. This pours an extremely dark brown with a creamy cocoa head. The nose has dark roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate, very dark caramel, dark dried fruits, and a bit of aniseed. To describe the flavor would be a repitition of the aroma. The exception is a light herbal bitterness that appears near the finish. Very creamy in the mouth yet dry in the finish. A delicious beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (12326) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Bottle and tap @ YNWA. A dark mahogany brown with a small yellowish head that quickly ends up as a thin film. Aroma is loaded with plums, raisins, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Well carbonated, lending the beer a lively edge. Flavour almost disguises all the alcohol. Flavour begins roasted, then the dried fruits break through. No apparent bitterness. Finishes on a vinious coffee note.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tlind2 (1662) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2008
500 ml bottle. Almost black with ruby highlights, lingering tan head. Complex aroma: cold stone, ripe plumb, sweet dark malts, chocolate. Very thick mouthfeel, taste is full of chocolate pudding with notes of banana. Just bitter enough to balance the malts. Definitely a stout worth tasting. Cant wait to see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Pours dark with an off white head. Great aroma, almost exactly as the description depicts. Rich, earthy, malty flavor with a black licorice finish. Excellent beer.

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