ronaldtheriot (985) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf has a somewhat thinnish, off-white head, a mostly clear, brilliant, amber appearance, a few bubble streams, and not really any lacing. The aroma is of toffee, booze, sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Taste is of sweetness, a nice, peppery bitterness, syrup, fruit, candi sugar, and bread. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Ridgeway Insanely Bad Elf finishes on the dry side, rich, and quite drinkable. Itís another winner from Ridgeway! RJT
mikkellund42 (445) - Vejle, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper brown with small white head. Aroma is very fruity with notes of sour apples, red Bassettís Wine Gums, white wine, lawn, pine tree and faint rosehip. Taste is initial medium sweet, then medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic. Body is heavy oily with medium carbonation. Finish is long and bitter-sweet and dominated by alcohol, but is also has notes of bitter grapefruit, caramel, fruit and flowers. Alcohol is too dominating.
bth122 (1035) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a dark golden color. Smaller head. Not much aroma. Maybe some grains, metal, slight fruit or candy. Taste is better than the aroma. Medium light sweetness. Alcohol is slightly hidden. Slight metallic notes. Some fruits. Malts. Ok. Not sure i would call this a Christmas beer.
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DrnkMcDermott (2718) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2007 on label, purchased 2009 at Binnyís. Alcohol and brown sugar smell right under the cap. Pour doesnít 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 itís 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.
jsmerig (1048) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber with a foamy tan head. Aroma of corn and honey. Taste is sweet with a honey flavor in addition to a milk chocolate note. The finish is clean with notes of berry and the abv comes through a little as well
wxman (1280) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Global Brew. Pours a clear orange/amber with a thin off white head that stays. Aroma is spice and rock candy. Taste is sweet toasted malt. Sweetness is cloyingly so with maple syrup and caramel also present along with raw brown sugar. Deep alcohol warmth after swallow with hop bitterness. Very tasty and well balanced, except for sweetness.
20107589 (246) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
honey and licorice aromas, appear amber with a small head. great sweet and bitter taste, and a fine palate
rumproasts (1845) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Ruby orange with minimal head. Very boozy with a some mild hops and sweet malt. I imagine this would make an effective cough syrup. As a beer, I canít imagine ever enjoying this.
Radek Kliber (6288) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Where and how: Cask Days 2013
Aroma alcoholic front, high pitched vibe, sweet sugary malts, hinted with red apple. 7-
Top: small rocky white cap.
Base: fine haze on amber gold
Palate : rough, dry alcoholic character, medium bodied, soft carbonation. Longer than average duration.
Taste: front rough. Secondary bitterness with sweet malts. Hints of honey behind.
Other notes not most balanced barley wine.
solidfunk (2613) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not great. Sugar bomb. Candied malt, sweet finish and orange pour. Syrupy disaster. Had at Cask Days 2013.