MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. RIBE pours ruby, clear and nearly headless. The nose is sweet and malty. The flavor is very sweet like cherry cough syrup and corn-based sweetener. The body is very thick and cloying. The alcohol stays with the soft tissues in your mouth in a pleasant way. As the beer warms up the hops make a muted appearance.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JAN 30, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
1/9 taste of a ’07 bottle. Burnt toast flavor over a sweet barley wine/red ale mix. Malt and candy-sugar heavy. More cons than pros. Hope to never taste it again.
BillHick420 (444) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009. Pours deep amber, nose of fruit and some alcohol. Fruits grapefruit, caramel, molasses, some hops detected. Enjoyable, unique, but misses something.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours red and transparent with virtually no head. Nose is weak and has a bit of generic sweet malt, a little white sugar, and mild hops. Flavor is also weak and mostly bready with virtually no hops. Alcohol comes out big time and isn’t terribly pleasant. Somewhat drinkable but way too expensive for the low flavor quality. This IS NOT a barley wine, IMO, but more like an imperial red ale (as the bottle says).
uhclem (398) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a nice copper with a thin, insubstantial head. Minimal lacing. Strong toffee nose. Taste was very sweet. Heavy mouthfeel - left a slickness behind. The haevy alcohol content is well disguised at the front of the mouth, but after swallowing I felt like I had done a shot of hard liquor.
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle : Pours a clear, carbonated brown with serious red highlights. Develops a late head, about a finger width of white foamy, then dies back down in the following minute or so. Sweet malts dominate the nose, with alcohol getting the rest. The elf may be insanely bad, but the most insane thing about this baby is the sweetness, my god. Very sweet, right from the beginning, malts and a little bit of hop action, then a good amount of alcohol presents itself on the tail end. This is for sure a sipper. Its nothing special but ok.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a rich amber with little to no head. Its aroma is primarily of spices, although I get a slight hint of pineapple. There also appears to be a pineapple flavor to the beer, but it is fairly underwhelming
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; clear amber with small off-white head; aroma-nutty, caramel, sweet, hard liquor/bourbon, woody, dark fruits; taste-heavy sweetness, medium bitterness, sticky, syrup, long finish, burning alcohol. Hard to drink complex aroma but not easy to swallow.
popkow (302) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Elf into Pint with minimal head. Tanish red color with a bad elf alcohol aroma emanating from the North Pole. The alcohol led this sleigh to the sink drain as it was not worth suffering through.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an orangey amber with no head. Aroma was alcoholic but sour. Tasted sweet with just a touch of sourness. Well masked alcohol content. A little dry on the palate but a nice thick brew.