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Criminally Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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78
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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 11-08-2006)
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MrSeth

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The suds are busy and leave remnants throughout the drinking experience. Otherwise it looks like a standard ale in this style. There is very little complexity to the nose. It is however extremely sweet smelling underneath which is a grainey aroma. The taste and mouthfeel is dry, heavy in barley character, but not nearly as sweet as it smells. The balance of elements in the profile is commendable even without inspiring any words on the hops. It turns out to be a very approachable barley wine: not wimpy, not overpowering. The length is also commendable and it isn't syrupy or sticky like so many barley wines are. There is clean finish that leaves you wanting more. The 10.5% ABV is well blended into the profile making it a pleasure to drink. This is a classy barley wine, forget the hype!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 00:34:11 | More by MrSeth
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scottfrie

California

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a glowing apricot with a finger of thick off-white head that faded to an oily film.
S: Candied fruits, sweet caramel, tootsie rolls, and a bit of cream come through. Sweet and fruity but not cloying. Touch of fruit punch.
T: Creamy flavors of vanilla, candied dates, stone fruits, mild cocoa, cinnamon, all spice, leafy herbal hops, tobacco, slight butter, wood, vegetables and fruit juice.
M: Extremely thick and chewy carbonation, frothy and velvety mouthfeel, soft fully body, low bitterness. Fuzzy, soft and creamy overall. Slight tingly alcohol.
O: Better than I expected, but a bit too sweet and fruity to be my favorite. Not cloying though, but the fruit punch flavor is a bit strange. The mouthfeel and body are just right. Would drink again but wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 22:24:13 | More by scottfrie
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peternemeth


4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

06-24-2014 20:05:57 | More by peternemeth
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afsdan

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-28-2014 02:23:44 | More by afsdan
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harpus

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

03-20-2014 18:41:58 | More by harpus
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

03-17-2014 23:48:53 | More by ChipMurray
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Scepter

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

02-13-2014 01:53:11 | More by Scepter
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Jah_Json

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev +2%

02-05-2014 13:22:15 | More by Jah_Json
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-27-2014 00:32:07 | More by HamGlade10
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wr3ck00n

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-27-2014 00:18:40 | More by wr3ck00n
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dmmcginnis

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-21-2014 01:39:06 | More by dmmcginnis
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JesseLara

California

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

01-14-2014 05:44:02 | More by JesseLara
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rrski198

Georgia

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-09-2014 13:22:33 | More by rrski198
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-01-2014 03:17:45 | More by kkmiller76
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Guinnesslover

Vermont

3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of Christmas celebration. The label is pretty amusing and sells the beer even before tasting.

it looks quite nice, caramel-colored with a light tan head.

Smells a bit bitter, more so than other barley wines I've had.

Taste is clean, with no cloying aftertaste, but lacking in complexity: faint caramel and malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:05:44 | More by Guinnesslover
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jslice99

New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-26-2013 10:58:34 | More by jslice99
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 14:08:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Zanico

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-12-2013 23:33:41 | More by Zanico
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msanborn

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-11-2013 22:20:25 | More by msanborn
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-07-2013 20:43:05 | More by BillRoth
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-07-2013 04:17:25 | More by kmos27
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MykeJ

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

12-07-2013 03:16:50 | More by MykeJ
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-28-2013 22:35:11 | More by JasonTaverner
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jaycar06

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

11-26-2013 00:32:54 | More by jaycar06
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dbaker61

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-23-2013 14:49:14 | More by dbaker61
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Criminally Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.