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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Smoked
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered. 5.8%.
To get a subtle smokiness we brew with Scottish peated whisky malt, English pale and roasted malts and boil only whole leaf goldings hops. Querkus is then patiently cold matured over pieces of old French oak barrels. The flavours from the toasted wood slowly seep into the beer; bottling only when we think it is right.

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3.6
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2011
500mL bottle. Poured iced tea brown with a nice-lookin’ cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up soft smoked peat over milkier chocolates, toffee, and caramel.. accents of brown sugar and vanilla.. almost candied with the sweetness, and entirely smooth. The flavor found dry molasses and milky chocolates at the core, with vanilla offshoots.. the smoky character was tangy and more assertive on the back-end, which kept the brew from being boring.. light-moderate roast overall.. lots of residual sugars in the end. Light-medium bodied with nice balance on the palate.. sweet and smooth.. not a lot to complain about here.

3.2
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2011
dark tawny body. mild nose of walnut, plum, dried leaves, tobacco and powdered milk. medium-thun body, pale up front but surprisingly strong smoke character across mid-palate with a drying, oak-heavy finish. frothy rounded carbonation presents the light body with some heft, and biscuit malt snap while the resinous smoke and somewhat rough oak leave the tongue parched. somewhat enjoyable.

1.9
crossovert (14006) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
50cl bottle.

It pours a dark brown with a light tan head. The head sticks for a bit and recedes to a bit of lacing.

The smell is odd, it literally smells like sugar and oak, and that is about it; where is the smokiness?

The taste is buttery, with a fruity note and some wierd oak flavor. IT is also metallic. There is the slightest hint of a porter beer in here. It reminds me of malt liquor.

This brewery is jsut a major gimmick, I should have checked the label before i bought it, but the intrigue of the smoked oaked porter part of the label blinded me.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-09-2011 06:52:49

3.5
sloth (2944) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Large tan head with good retention and decent lace. Clear, mahogany color. Nose of roast and light smoke and a nice woodiness. Body is medium, lightly oily, a little acidity, lightly chewy as it warms up. Nice roast, chocolate and easy smokey level. Nice woodiness works well with the dry maltiness, little caramel and dark fruit notes. Finish is dry, toasty, decent brew. Bottle procured @statelineliquors.

3.9
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Clear deep mahogany, nearly brown, big tan head, leaves a bit of rockyness, little lacing... Fairly aromatic, loads of coffee, some light peat, mild chocolate, cream, airy... Dry, lively, a little oily in the finish... Medium light body, lightly peat/smokey finish... lightly creamy, nice mild smoke, some choc, some coffee, very nice body, light easy drinking rauch porter...

3.9
DYCSoccer17 (3712) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
500ml bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this has moderate smoked maltiness, which is quite pleasant. Light anise, but not mush else, as the smoked malts dominate the nose. Mostly transparent mahogany body with a creamy tan head that is fortuitous. Good lacing. Attractive brew. Starts with a decent amount of smokiness. Thankfully, this is not overlypowering, but the smokiness does linger throughout. The middle has some sweet chocolate notes with some vanilla presence, too. Likely flavors that the barrel has imparted. Finishes a bit more roasted. Perhaps there is a touch of diacetyl in the finish? All in all, this is a pretty badass rauchbier.

2.3
Ernest (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle (5.8% ABV).

Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.

Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel, husks), with a note of metal, light notes of smoke, earth, paper.

Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky.

Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.

Mediocre, metallic aroma yields a watery, unclean, grainy quaff. Crude.

3.1
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
500ml Bottle (5.8%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of smoke, chocolate, coffee, roasting, malt, light vanilla, and slight caramel. No oak or barrel aroma at all. It actually smells watery and thin! Poured deep amber/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, chocolate, coffee, light smoke, slight vanilla, and water. Medium body. Thin, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roasting, coffee, light chocolate, and light smoke finish is dry.

3
authenticmead (69) - West Coast, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Ruddy brown and pours with an off-white head. Typical English porter aroma and flavor; diacetyl, butterscotch, some toffee. Has a discarded oak barrel character in flavor - although lenient. A mild peat smoked flavor and finishes a bit dry from oak tannins which balances out the slight sweetness. My sample from mainbrew.com has a 5.8 abv listing, but comes across as lower alcohol. A slightly above average porter which should certainly be tried; just don’t expect an in your face oaked and smoked beer.


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