FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 6, 2010
330ml bottle (St. Urho’s, Helsinki)bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
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.
"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. gunnfryd (14884) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2015
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. Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2007
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. djd07 (14519) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with paperthin off white head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with a pine and raisin malt. Hides the alcohol very well making it easy to drink. A very good barleywine from Ridgeway.
Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2010
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.
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2011
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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(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. Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
33 cL bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a clear red color with a thin head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus, green apple, other fruits and nuts. Taste is very fruity with berries, nuts, citrus, plum. Toffee and slight alcohol warmth also. Medium bodied. kermis (13480) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle sampled at THT. Pours clear dark golden with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, toffee and a touch of overripe dark fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.