gunnfryd (14112) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
KRS 131214. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is peaches, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, alcohol, pine, orange, peaches, alcohol, caramel. Full body. OK beer.
bhensonb (14075) - 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.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (St. Urho’s, Helsinki)
Well, I’ve had all the other elves, and the stronger they get, the worse they get, so there was some tripidation here...
Deep amber, no head, though a bit fizzy. Really rich malty aroma, some caramel. Flavour of those herring and rye-bread snacks from eliel. Some alcohol, but not offensive, suspect rice adjunct. Rye really strong, very pleasant. Almost a belgian feel. Better than I expected.
Tmoney99 (13462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear brownish copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy malt, dark fruit and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.
Ratman197 (13260) - 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.
argo0 (13229) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(33cl bottle) Small beige head that almost wholly dissipates atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is sweet, caramel, cherry, light raisin, grapefruit. Taste is treacly sweet, cherry, caramel, some alcohol, medicinal (cherry). Full body, some syrup, low carbonation. When I drive I assiduously avoid looking at trainwrecks, but with the Ridgeway Elf (and even Xmas generally) series, I find myself compelled to try each one, despite the near certainty that I’ll be disappointed. Sadly, no surprises with this one.
HenrikSoegaard (13145) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. moderate bitter nice vinius flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Better than expected. Nice barleywine.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(Bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of cardboard, spoiled fruit, herbs, and sour baby runs. Flavor of apricot, cardboard, burnt grain, and caramel. Drop of the “elf” and I agree with the name of this beer.
bierkoning (12350) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber color. Malty bready aroma with hints of toffee and cake. malty sweet, alcoholic flavor, slightly perfumed with notes of toffee. Sticky mouthfeel.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and copper/orange color. Aroma is light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic. Taste is syrupy/slick and alcohol up front, moves to light malt/grain-light caramel, metallic hops, some cherry. OK carbonation. Somewhat unusual. Occasional.