overall
45
12
style
Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned, Special;
Imperial Red Ale
"My goodness", muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, "the restrictive outerwear, the padded room-even padded Christmas tree ornaments. Horrifying! Yet the little chap seems happier than he’s ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Vintage 2007 on label, purchased 2009 at Binny’s. Alcohol and brown sugar smell right under the cap. Pour doesn’t look that red, more of an autumn maple leaf, if that. No head, or course. Smell has a bit of red wine from the glass. But the taste is still a touch too much sugar, with some lactose giving a sensation of milk at the back of my throat. At least it has some malts to thicken up the mouthfeel. But it’s a pretty simple alcohol delivery system which I finished off without a second thought, unlike the nicely complex Goose Bourbon County BW I just had.


3.6
thellgren (1168) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2017
0,33 l bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Appearance is golden and clear. Aroma has some Christmas pudding. Taste has apples like in sherry. Alcohol feels in a big way. But the ending is still dry and not sweet. So, this is an extremely strong English ale, but well balanced. No spices to cover up alcohol. Dangerous to your health.

3.1
Pinball (12601) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2017
bottle, 2014 vintage, sampled 2017-12-03 hazy ornage, smooth small orange head. aroma is herbal, slightly sour, slightly grassy,slightly fruity. flavor is sweet malty, layers of fruits, dough, wood. A warming, fruity barley wine, with a subtle fruity sourness, a bit messy, but you can drink it alright.

3.3
Karstenborg (1157) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2017
Clear amber with tiny white head. Aroma is caramel, nuts and malt. Taste is malt, bread and caramel

2.2
onceblind (10890) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2017
2014 bottle (3 yrs old). Very, very odd pour. Has a beautiful amber clarity about it, but it poured syrupy like oil; when I looked in the glass what I thought were yeast floaties or coagulated proteins were actually pockets of foam fighting the viscosity to come to the surface. So, that was weird. Nutty earthy aroma with honey and gentle apple. Thick chewy mouthfeel; just seemed unnecessarily viscuous. Slick, tastes of honey and earthy fruity tones, mulling spices, cherry, caramel apple, and a semisweet honeyed finish. Weird texture and unpleasant to drink, with a flavor profile that isn’t enough to save it.

3
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 16, 2017
Pictured bottle split three ways from Keg Liquors; 2015 vintage. Aroma: Moderate caramel, toffee-ish hops; spirited fruit notes at this high gravity. Appearance: Transparent, nearly still light copper pour with no head. Flavor: Big, fruit tinged malts up front that have more toffee than caramel; a good dose of bitterness, even at this age; predictably hot towards the finish, which lingers with heat and bitterness. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, very soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Really, it’s not all that bad... simple and boozy? Sure, but that’s hardly a crime. A Christmas beer at Easter might be more felonious!

3.6
rumore (869) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 6, 2017
From 33cl bottle. Pours amber with limited foam. Aroma is nuts, dry fruits, quite a liquor feeling. Body is dense and sticky, with low carbonation. Taste is sweetish and bitterish, with some astringency. Finish is relatively long.

3
MrSquash (158) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Initial aroma is of a fruit roll up. Dried cherry/strawberry. Flavor is very sweet with mild dark fruits. Sneaky booze.

3.6
superspak (6222) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2017
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, peach, cherry, orange, melon, apricot, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted rye bread, pepper, herbal, tea, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, earthy hops, and moderate bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, peach, cherry, orange, melon, apricot, pear, apple, honey, light caramel, toasted rye bread, pepper, herbal, tea, floral, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, peach, cherry, orange, melon, apricot, pear, apple, honey, toasted rye bread, pepper, herbal, tea, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, earthy hops, and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and light lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is good. A little rough from the lingering bitterness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a small warming and a touch of booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice English strong ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, earthy hops, and moderate bready malt sweetness; smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A little rough and astringent going down, but otherwise had some nice balanced complexities; and was nicely enjoyable all around.

3.2
edsspoon (905) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle, 2015 vintage - pours slightly hazy orange with a short lived fizzy beige head. Aroma is malty with some plum and prune and notes of starw. Taste is strong alcohol, port and sherry with straw and prunes. Strong bitterness in the finish, a little astringent. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

3
coachd (972) - Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2017
2015 vintage, picked this up on sale at Friar Tuck, not expecting much, really an impulse buy. Smells like malt and tons of booze. Red tinged appearance with a white clingy head. It has the sweet characteristic of a barleywine without any of the hops. Perhaps it is the age of the bottle. Not terrible, ABV is well hidden. No way I could drink more than one of these.


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