Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1219) - FINLAND - DEC 15, 2013
.33l bottle from Alko Keskusta Pours clear copper with low head. Aroma is strawberry, malts, alcohol, fruits. Flavor is alcohol, sweet malts, fruits, syrup notes. Hopsy/bitter finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1617) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1401) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8705) - 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).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciaranc (1040) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (9685) - , 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
elbernays (711) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2013
Big sweet malt, overpowering alcohol, some fruits. Too strong and no body to carry it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marstonlad (503) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cenzu (34) - - JAN 1, 2014
quite fruity beer with a kind of strange, long, afteertaste. not quite to my likeing.

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