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Criminally Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

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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rajendra82

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer came in a light brown bottle that proudly exhibited the bad elf behind bars. The generous 50 cl. size and the 10.5% ABV meant a serious session ahead for this solo drinker. As I cracked it open and poured into an oversized wine glass, the clarity of the pale amber body surprised me. The beer also looked thinner and more fluid than a typical barleywine. The aroma, although mild, was distinctive with a balance between spicy hops and orange marmalade like malt sweetness. The taste was well crafted with neither of the bitter, spicy, and sweet flavors dominating the others. The finish was dry and dusty, and the alcohol was notably absent throughout. The only fault I could find is the lack of richness in the thin body. But considering the drinkability of the concoction, this was but a minor quibble.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 04:07:30 | More by rajendra82
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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.