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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. All’s well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesnt’t it? "Indeed" sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear I shall soon go crazy as well" And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place. Peter Scholey, Brewer.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2014
P: Clear copper body with a short lives crown that rests to a nice thin white film. S: Vanilla, French oak, booze, banana taffy, sweet toffee, acidic, candied malt, Christmas spices, barley is present but faint. Very malty and syrupy. T/M: Heavy malt base with almost a dairy creamer taste. Super sweet candy, banana snow cone syrup, and toffee. Again barley is not really a player and faintly bitter apple peel hops. Thick chewy body with little carbonation and a spicy finish. O: I see why they callbthis Criminally Bad Elf because IT IS crininally bad. Not what I expect from a barley wine style brew. This is more of a winter warmer with banana influence. A search and rescue team is required to find the barley and the overall delivery is not great. I think this beer is confused on what it wants to be. I can honestly say I would not purchase this again.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8467) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
330ml bottle, by the courtesy of Finn. Fair amount of airy, off-white foamy head with satisfying duration and lacing. Clear golden-brown coloured body. Modest aroma of herbs, sweet malt and dried fruits. Dry and sweet taste character of almond, herbal malts, honey and bittersweet berries towards a partially lingering ending, tingled with alcohol. Medium bodied. Warming mouthfeel. Decent slow Yuletide sipper (Tromsø 02.01.2014).

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cenzu (33) - - JAN 1, 2014
quite fruity beer with a kind of strange, long, afteertaste. not quite to my likeing.

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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elbernays (618) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
Big sweet malt, overpowering alcohol, some fruits. Too strong and no body to carry it.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciaranc (973) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
500 ml bottle to share, complete with stupid branding. Orange pour, no head. Fruity nose, flavour the same. Bit of warming alcohol. Ho hum.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1553) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle->snifter. Dark copper with small white head. Very sweet malt, some herbal hops, honey, apples. Too sweet and syrupy.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (8897) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange with off white head. Nose and taste of candied fruit, fuggles, orange peel, brown sugar and old resin. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (468) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2013
A clear copper color with a very little white head. Aroma has plenty of sweet berries, ripe fruitiness, flowers and spiciness. Taste is heavy sweet, malty, not at all hoppy despite some light lingering bitterness late on. Palate is full bodied, flat and smooth. British dessert beer, decent but could be more varied.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1332) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, yet brilliant, orange-amber appearance, and fairly significant lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong, and I could smell it from a considerable distance. One will pick up a pungent, very sweet, syrupy, sugary, fruity, caramel. Taste is of rich, sweet, caramel, black pepper, unusual fruit components, bread, bread crust, celery, peanut butter, and even a shade of nuts. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf finishes wet, rich, sweet, and delicious. I recommend this in the strongest way! RJT

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zomba (212) - Nokia, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear amber with thin head. Aroma of hops and alcohol. Taste has malts, hops and clear alcoholic ting. Too sweet for my liking.


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