Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf

Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf

Rated 3.185 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Hepworth and Co Brewers Ltd

South Stoke, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Style:  English Barleywine

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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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, doesn'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.

ID: 24861 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank22145
Overall Percentile58.1
Style Rank328 of 440
Style Percentile25.5
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.209
Weighted Score3.185
Standard Deviation0.423

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  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 3.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    500ml bottle from Premier Gourmet, Amherst, NY. Clear orange pour, quite a light hue for a barleywine, really. Nil carbonation and as a result, nil head. Malty aroma, with some dark fruit notes. Average body. Flavour was pretty agreeable, though, with dark fruits and caramel; the high ABV was not well concealed, yet without a burn. Minor sweetness at the finish.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Nutty aroma and flavor, with carmel and alcohol as the two main players. Slightly bitter, but hops are definitely in the background here. Its thin yet shows the abv, not the best combo, though it wasn't a total waste. Just subpar for a barleywine.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    A pretty straight forward and young barleywine. All caramel sweetness and raw alcohol in both the nose and flavor. Not much else to say other than it is the best of the series so far, but the others were so average it isn't hard to see why.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Haven't had too many non-domestic barleywines, but after this one realizing that this style is simple....yet good. Not as smooth and crisp as some of the US Barleywines, could use a little more flavor...but like I mentioned, sometimes simple is quite fine too. Pretty certain this was discounted on clearance cause the season is over, as I don't think I would spend the full $6 plus.....worth the $4 though. Not good enough to rush out and get again, but I would recognize this if traveling and would certainly order if on tap or something.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pour is amber-orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavors of caramel, fruit and malt. A little bitterness is evident but alcohol comes thru in the finish. Not bad but, by the end, is a little too sweet for my liking.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This one, a crystalline reddish amber colored ale. A small off white head with little hang time. Settles into a weak lacing. The aroma is sweet malt balanced by floral hops and alcohol. Full, rich body. An impressive creaminess. The Alcohol is in your face with this one. There’s hops galore in the aftertaste. Really a nice Barleywine. May be the best of the Ridgeway novelty ales I’ve tried so far.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a nice clear coppery amber; head is sort of thick and does not stick around. Aroma is strong and more fruity than hoppy, like a cider. Flavor is rather cider-ish with a fierce alcohol bite, about what I expect from a barleywine. There is a harsh, smoky undertone and a bit of unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. Still, worth a try if barleywines are to your liking.

  • JLOZIER 671 reviews
    rated 2.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This doesn't taste like any other barleywine that I've had. I don't mean that in an exciting good way, either. The consistency is really thin, just barely meeting the minimum thickness. Pours copperish with a quick fizz o' head that never amounts to very much. Smells like alcohol. Tastes like alcohol. Very warm in the gut, which is no surprise from all that alcohol. There is some sweetness in the taste too...kind of fruitish (cherry) caramel. Finishes with just the slightest cloying sugariness and warmth. Creative advertising wins again. BAH HUMBUG!

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle brought over by my Dad. Pour was godlen amber in color, weak initial head and lacing. The aroma was fruity. The flavor was fruity and finished with a firm bitterness, a nice balance to the experience. Some faint grain and caramel notes also underneath supporting this one. Mouthfeel was light for a barleywine, as this entire concoction was dangerously drinkable at a pretty high abv.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Pours an amber-orange color and develops a pretty nice off-white head. The aroma is very fruity, as well as herbal and floral, with some alcoholic caramel notes. Wow, this is easy drinking for a 10.5% beer, tastes light, far lighter than expected but still pretty good, fruity, very faint dark fruit, sweet caramel and a bit of a spicy alcoholic tang. It wasn't exactly what I expected but I enjoyed the bottle I had.

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