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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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Bottle conditioned, Special;
Imperial Red Ale
"My goodness", muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, "the restrictive outerwear, the padded room-even padded Christmas tree ornaments. Horrifying! Yet the little chap seems happier than heís ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Nice crystal clear reddish amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet caramel but it is balanced with hops, not cloying, clean finish. High ABV is hidden but is warming. Best before Sep 2020. $5.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tullyís Beer and Wine Wells, ME.and $4.95 from Johnís Marketplace Portland, OR.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours red/gold. Intense aroma - rye, carraway, barley. Excellent barley wine. Hoppy, sweet, mellow. Deep satisfying flavor. Perfect winter warmer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A pretty funky aroma, almost wine-like. This si pretty nice. Some good hop character balanced well enough. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2008
THOUGHTS: Another barley wine, another great beer. I figured Christmas in July was the perfect time for this on. I hope there is yet another new Elf this Christmas. This was probably very harsh when fresh. It reminded me of Dogfish Head Immort Ale. This one is deceptive. It can really sneak up on your. I’d love for them to age this in bourbon barrels. It surprisingly went well with white chocolate. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium to dark orangey amber with a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma was a little weak. If it were stronger it’d be perfect. There was moderate to heavy caramel malt, cherries, candy and that smell that only exists in a barley wine. It was very fruity with some alcohol, but low for for the ABV. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and moderately acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet and just a hint of bitterness with an average duration. There was tons ’o caramel malt, candied fruit (cherry, apple and grape), alcohol, a little cherry. Not much hops, but only ever so slightly cloyingly sweet. The medium body was syrupy and sticky on the lips with fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and light to moderate alcoholic finish, but not as much as I’d expect for the ABV, although it did gain a little more burn as it warmed. Overall the palate mad me want to keep sipping.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a small beige head. The aroma was sour, tangy and tart with notes of caramel, candied fruit and cinnamon. The flavor was bitter and sour with notes of toasted caramel, sugar, ripe cherries, apples, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. There is a whole lot going on in the flavor and the finish is long fruit and caramel. Thick and full bodied. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liinis (1534) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2010
Taking it really slow and letting it warm up. Beautiful beer. Full sweet malt liquor -like mouth feel. Full of winter warmer character. lovely this time of year

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ronaldtheriot (1178) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle. This beers appears blood orange in color with a thin, filmy off white head that didnít last long. Nose was of candied fruits, caramel and big on the alcohol. Flavor was sweet, sharp, and strait to the point. creamy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
Clear amber with a thing cream colored head. Interesting eggnog, holidays smell. Sweet without being thick flavor. A bit of a medicine flavor, but not unpleasant. Reminds me of an after dinner wine, something to drink with chocolate. Light carbonation. It is just so different that I would not mind serving this to a friend as something our of the ordinary. Amazing how little of the alcohol comes through.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinaMarket (210) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
I canít believe the low ratings on this beer. A full flavored barely wine, not too thick, and a very nice kick. This has to be my favorite beer of the 2008 Holiday season. And I am so glad I still have a few bottles! Tasted rom the bottle @ 70F.


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