badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Bevmo. Golden with a small fizzy white head. Earthy aroma of caramel and mild hops. Caramel taste with a mild sourness and some herbal notes to the finish.
SHIG (3868) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Toms Ultimate Glasgow Tasting : Poured a amber color with light bubbles. The aroma was bubble gum, spices, and hops. The taste was very hoppy and tangy.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle of ultimate glasgow tasting. Alround rating: Peachy, fruity, hots of alc, pale malts, very sweet, spicey hints.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5326) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 16 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark golden color with a large white head. The aroma was rather pleasant mix of sweet caramel and ripe fruits. The flavor was sweet and fruity with elements of caramel and molasses. The finish was very long, sweet and fruity.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Our third Elf of the night and easily the best. Dark yellow, orange hints, small white head. Booze, syrup, fruit aroma. Taste is dent - booze and sweetness, but a better mix/balance than the others. Not great, bur drinkable and decent.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma’s sweet and sugary along with alcohol, sweet malt, fruit and maybe a hint of hops. Flavour’s also sugary sweet along with fruit, hops and alcohol -- it’s quite pleasant tasting actually. Alcohol’s fairly well hidden for 10.5 % Medium bodied. Not bad, one of the better Ridgeway Elf beers for sure.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from the First Houston Tasting
Pours a nice amber with an aroma of concert pot smoke. Really. Flavor is salami and port wine. Thin mouthfeel. Eh, I’ve had worse.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Light clear amber pour, decent frothy-creamy off-white head. Aroma - this is pretty decent - very sweet, very boozy, but I get candied fruit and even some floral hops. The taste is apricot, candy sugar, strong alcohol, and lingering bitterness. Light, slick body, mostly alcohol palate character, but enough candy fruit to make it seasonal. Strong and sweet, but not a burner.
mjg74 (2717) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle from BevMo. Medium amber color upon pouring, no head. Sweet syrupy aroma. Somewhat fruity. A hint of red licorice and bubblegum. Decent fruity flavor with a bit of hoppiness. Alcohol is very noticeable.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This Barley Wine pours a light orange gold color from a 50cl bottle. Small sized white foamy head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet orange liquor. A light to medium bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel and fruity. The hops are earthy and floral. There are lots of orange and orange rind flavors in this beer; they kind of dominate everything else. This beer is a weird blend between an English and American Style Barleywine, without doing either justice. It’s a little too hop forward for the English Style and a weird malt/hop combo for a American Barley Wine. One has to wonder if all these elf beers are more a marketing campaign than brewing beer. There are what 5 different ones now? What’s next, “North Pole Chainsaw Massacre Elf”? OK now back to the beer.. Decent balance. The alcohol hotness is very evident and kind of unpleasant. This elf needs to be locked away for a while. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slight bitter with a pronounced alcohol presence.