amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2007 bottle says "Imperial Red Ale" not Barleywine. Pours a clear fizzy amber with almost no head. Aroma is mild with hints of cherry and molasses. Flavor is very sweet with lots of alcohol and a bit sour.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had wrote an entire review for this beer and then lost it by a stupid accident on a computer. So, the basic thoughts i remember was this was an English style barleywine and was well equipped with alcohol.
bhensonb (9814) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Vintage 2007". Aroma of caramel and reddish stone fruits. Clear reddish color with a white head that didn’t last. Medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is caramel, fruity (cherry or berry), and a little alcohol. The finish is dryish and a woodiness tends to build. Not getting much hop. The heat starts to be noticeable. Something like sultana appears. Might be a bit of date. Doesn’t seem so dry as a bit ago. It’s a good sipper.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small fizzy tan head that dissapates quickly to a thin ring. Lacing is minimal. Clear amber, deep copper color. Nose is fruity with raisins and cherries, notes of caramel, toffee and alcohol. Body is med/full almost syrupy on the palate. Caramel, toffee flavors, fruit, lightly earthy and woody, oaky with a warming, alcohol-y finish.
Ratman197 (8469) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering light amber head. Aromas of bread, carmel, alcohol and light spice. Palate was medium bodied smooth and warming. Flavors of carmel, fruittiness and light spice with a smooth warming semi sweet finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brew pours amber with a modest head and decent lacing. Aromas of sweet candy malts. Only medium nectar weight. I thought this would factor heavy with it’s sweetness. It’s sweet yet not bad at all. A mild peachpit bittering component kicks in at the end keeping me in the mood. Simple, strong, and generous.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Dark ruby red/orange, very little head. Weird soapy fruity alcohol aroma. Tase is decent - booze, lots of malt, almost nutty. Thin. Drinkable. Not bad.
EithCubes (4406) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Caramel and brown sugar aroma, weak touch of fruit and no sign of alcohol. Amber pour with a noisy soapy off-white head. Taste is sugary sweet, rather cloying, with the burn associated with a mild vodka. Light touch of fruit but really there’s little going on here. Full-bodied and slightly syrupy. Does remind slightly of DFH, but there’s no air of complexity....
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear orange-amber with a small off-white head. Aroma’s sweet and fruity along with malt, some hops and alcohol. Flavour’s not bad: Sugary sweet with sweet malt, hops, alcohol and fruit. Alcohol’s there but doesn’t taste like 11.2%. Average bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Decent, definitely one of the better Ridgeway Elf beers.
HogTownHarry (5905) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Clear peach pour, smallish frothy white head. Very light aroma - sweet fruity malt, hint of oak, not all that boozy on the nose. Odd taste - very sugary and sweet, initially not boozy, but the alcohol soon builds until all I’m left with is peach jam and vodka. Watery, boozy, sharp on the palate - not all that great, really, thin and too strong.