bitbucket (2158) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Big aroma, with caramel, floral hops, and a dash of spice. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Sweet start on the taste: brown sugar, molasses, toffee, but eventually yields to peaches and tea. The hops re-appear for the semi-dry finish. I can’t see this one getting better over the years, but who khows?
SSSteve (3661) - - DEC 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
man...i have to drink through one more of these. pours reddish amber with no head. aroma of caramel , hops, and white wine. flavor is very sweet with lots of toffee. a little bit of alcohol shows through. sticky. actually better than the rest of the elf series i struggled with last year.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), trace hops (flowers), with notes of candy sugar and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. One wish I would have this holiday season is that Ridgeway would stop doing the elf series. There’s just no subtlety or depth to these beers. Sugary, syrupy, sweet, and simple. Boring to smell, difficult to drink.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer departs the 330ml bottle a crystalline golden amber with a smallish creamy white head that erodes quickly leaving a thin coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a malt sweet aroma, a bit of alcohol also present, a tad bit of hops, spicy and earthy, crisp and pleasant. Start is sweet with a nice malt profile, alcohol bitter at the back with a medium feel. Finish has a stern acidity, the hops present, but overpowered by the 11.20 ABV, dry sweet aftertaste, and a definite tummy warmer this one, and a real “Hoot”!
Funknmilla (673) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle...Copper color, smells of alcohol...sweet alcohol...malts soaked in alcohol....the body has an initial sweetness, this blankets the high alcohol...the sweetness actually takes over almost all other flavors, I get a touch of vanilla and some heavy malt, bready quality...I like my bread dipped in alcohol, you?
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have been very intrigued to sample this beer this season for some reason...
Pours a rich amber body with an off white pillow of head. The aroma is caramely and fruity sweet, yet well balanced with a mildly spicy citric hops. Notes of plum, apricot, cherry and tangerine. The body is a bit thin for a 12% barleywine, yet the beer is insanely drinkable… a rather appealing festive beer… I do enjoy this!
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bloody red pour, faint white head that does stay. Aroma is sweet and sugary with some light fruits like apples and pears. Flavor is close to a brandy or almost mead like. Sweet and sugary, apples, plums, figs, caramel. A touch of chocolate in the aftertaste with a cloying sweetness. This really is brandy-like but not very boozy and 11% is hidden.
unclemattie (4034) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cL bottle, 11% ABV. Imperial Red Ale. Clear, light copper color. Aroma of cooked corn. Flavor is oily, malt, and sharp bitterness. Finishes with big alcohol.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. No head at all, very fizzy pour. Sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet. My bottle calls this an Imperial Red, but the label here on Ratebeer calls it a Barley wine, what gives?
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This beers appears blood orange in color with a thin, filmy off white head that didn’t last long. Nose was of candied fruits, caramel and big on the alcohol. Flavor was sweet, sharp, and strait to the point. creamy finish.