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Ridgeway
Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
South Stoke, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. All’s well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesnt’t it? "Indeed" sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear I shall soon go crazy as well" And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place. Peter Scholey, Brewer.

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4.5
ronaldtheriot (2021) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf has a very thick, frothy, cream-colored head, a somewhat hazy, yet brilliant, orange-amber appearance, and fairly significant lacing left on the glass. The aroma is strong, and I could smell it from a considerable distance. One will pick up a pungent, very sweet, syrupy, sugary, fruity, caramel. Taste is of rich, sweet, caramel, black pepper, unusual fruit components, bread, bread crust, celery, peanut butter, and even a shade of nuts. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf finishes wet, rich, sweet, and delicious. I recommend this in the strongest way! RJT

4.4
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
beer_queue (147) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Appearance: Transparent, medium brown/amber; thick, rich head with medium lacing. Nose: Light fruits, caramel, wheat bread, bitter honey, a little bit of hops & booze in the background. Taste: Very sweet on arrival, the booze comes through during the development, but quickly finishes with a balanced hoppy bitterness & honey sweetness. The hops at the end aren’t too overwhelming either. Once warm, though, the malts are more apparent, but the alcohol is greatly intensified and stays all the way through the finish. The sweetness is also transformed into a more citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, very dry finish. Overall: It’s good, that’s for sure, but this isn’t a light beer.

4.3
BarleyChamp8 (1) - Crawley, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2018 does not count
Surprisingly pleasant taste. Perfect for the Ale man needing a real mouthful of flavour.

4.2
frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Enjoyed side by side with Ridgeway’s other three Elves in a horizontal tasting.

This... THIS is where "Bad Elf" wanted to be!!! Same damn copper color (maybe a TAD darker than the rest) with that same, incessant, creamy off-white head! There is still a slight annoyance of metallics in the aroma, but the hops and malts are bumped up to a level of "juiciness". Hops linger loudly on the tongue while strong, sweet malts follow in the guise of bakery-quality grains... all washing away to a resurgence of hops and alcohol (although the 10.5% here doesn’t seem as strong as the previous 9% nor 7.5% brews). In a word, "delicious". If anyone decides to experiment with these brews and have a tasting of their own, I would suggest to skip "Very" and "Seriously" and jump straight from "Bad" to "Criminally".

Merry Christmas, everyone!

<font size=-4>Pint bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/highla Wine & Spirits, Highland Park, Illinois 60035</font>

4.2
danrcook (26) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Smooth pour with minimal head. Taste of hops, caramel, and malts. Carbonation is stready, but minimal as well. It is a unique ale with a malty aftertaste. Truly enjoyed this and I am a real barleywine snob.

4.1
imzugzug (104) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2007
I can’t believe the low rating on this one. Maybe it’s beecause it’s actually a drinkable barly wine {my first}. I guess it doesn’t hold true to the style. Super sweet, makes your lips sticky. In my opinion it would make a great dessert beer. Lots of orangy ond citrus aromas and flavors. Near the end of the bottle it became almost undrinkable because of the sweetness. I’d surely order this again, but share it next time.


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