crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
33cl bottle. 2013 vintage. Seems like basically a barleywine ale. Deep amber pour, sweet caramel notes, hint of hop spice, hot and boozy even with age. VEry sweet and sugary. Its okay. 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. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear light red with a small, rocky, white head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted grain, straw, caramel), average hops (flowers), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates, plum, and candied apples. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness. bierkoning (13806) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle. Amber color. Malty bready aroma with hints of toffee and cake. malty sweet, alcoholic flavor, slightly perfumed with notes of toffee. Sticky mouthfeel. Rune (13720) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2010
330ml bottle, bb: 04.11.20, by the courtesy of Finn. Off-white, bubbly head with short retention. Bright, golden-brown body, maybe with a red glint. Rather faint aroma of apricot and brown sugar. Dried fruits, honey syrup and sweet malts in flavour – indication of cloying sweetness. Notes of metallic alcohol. One-dimensional. Ok slow sipper without greater enjoyments (Tromsø, 26.12.2010).
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2010
(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. slowrunner77 (13171) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Hoppier than their other barleywine, with hints of candied citrus. Slightly better, but still too thin and alcoholic to be taken seriously. More time on your beer and less on the labels. " Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
Very xmassy spice, big nose. A fuller mouthfeel for a cask, Cask Days 2013. A sipper really. Change of pace but dangerously high abv. thewolf (12932) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, Søren]Pinball (12568) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2017
Pours clear brownish copper with an impressive, staying, yellowish head. Aroma is sweet, some caramel and sugar. Medium carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, vinious, light metallic, softly alcoholic. Fine caramel balanced by the alcohol and a slight dose of flowery hops. Warms nicely.
bottle, 2014 vintage, sampled 2017-12-03
hazy ornage, smooth small orange head.
aroma is herbal, slightly sour, slightly grassy,slightly fruity.
flavor is sweet malty, layers of fruits, dough, wood. A warming, fruity barley wine, with a subtle fruity sourness, a bit messy, but you can drink it alright.