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Criminally Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

270 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.67%
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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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, entirely copper hue with a white, half finger head. Sub-par retention. Leaves behind no lacing.

Smell - Aroma consists of toffee and caramel character. Sweet, slightly boozy.

Taste - Sweet toffee and caramel upfront and throughout. Moderate booziness. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Closer to medium than full in body, with low carbonation. Smooth. Drinkable. Does well to hide the 10 and a half. Fairly thin for a barleywine.

Overall - In a nutshell, caramel and booze. No hops to be found. Not a very impressive barleywine, though somewhat enjoyable nonetheless.

TheSixthRing, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Wiedemann, Feb 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

im4beer, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

matjack85, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
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2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

P: Clear copper body with a short lives crown that rests to a nice thin white film.

S: Vanilla, French oak, booze, banana taffy, sweet toffee, acidic, candied malt, Christmas spices, barley is present but faint. Very malty and syrupy.

T/M: Heavy malt base with almost a dairy creamer taste. Super sweet candy, banana snow cone syrup, and toffee. Again barley is not really a player and faintly bitter apple peel hops. Thick chewy body with little carbonation and a spicy finish.

O: I see why they callbthis Criminally Bad Elf because IT IS crininally bad. Not what I expect from a barley wine style brew. This is more of a winter warmer with banana influence. A search and rescue team is required to find the barley and the overall delivery is not great. I think this beer is confused on what it wants to be. I can honestly say I would not purchase this again.

Hopswagger, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sandiego67, Dec 30, 2012
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2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light copper-orange color with a think beige colored head. Aroma sweet with hints of bananas, booze, christmas spice and hard candy. This beer is wayyy to sweet, and I have had some great sweet barleywines. The sweetness helps in hiding some of the alcohol taste but it can't cover it all up. There is some hints of dark fruit and christmas spice. Body is kinda thin. Not impressed.

kbnooshay, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

imbuckeye, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

IvoryFoxhole, Dec 27, 2012
Criminally Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.