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Criminally Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
78
okay

265 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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TruePerception

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

09-01-2013 08:38:39 | More by TruePerception
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-03-2013 03:07:53 | More by pastramionrye7
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

08-01-2013 15:18:56 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

05-23-2013 03:38:37 | More by kvnstfrd
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

05-04-2013 04:24:32 | More by st9647v3
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3/5  rDev -12.5%

04-06-2013 05:10:18 | More by Thedrizzle
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -41.7%

03-20-2013 22:32:23 | More by BGsWo22
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-10-2013 23:40:40 | More by spycow
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TheSixthRing

California

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 03:49:41 | More by TheSixthRing
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Wiedemann

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

02-26-2013 17:08:21 | More by Wiedemann
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im4beer

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

02-09-2013 01:42:00 | More by im4beer
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matjack85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

01-31-2013 21:35:54 | More by matjack85
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CyBEERooster

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

01-25-2013 04:21:40 | More by CyBEERooster
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +2%

01-14-2013 00:18:58 | More by Hopmodium
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:18:27 | More by Hopswagger
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sandiego67

California

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-30-2012 05:52:26 | More by sandiego67
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kbnooshay

New York

2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 05:49:20 | More by kbnooshay
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imbuckeye

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-28-2012 04:04:53 | More by imbuckeye
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IvoryFoxhole

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-27-2012 23:15:52 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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Mick-e-d


3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-24-2012 22:26:30 | More by Mick-e-d
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CJS

Florida

2/5  rDev -41.7%

12-23-2012 16:51:33 | More by CJS
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ste5venla

California

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-22-2012 19:04:45 | More by ste5venla
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DreaminBeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

12-22-2012 13:25:13 | More by DreaminBeer
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Hex92

Virginia

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of barley wine and I think this is a good representative of the style.
T doesn't look like much in the glass, but I thin it smells great. The high alcohol content is we'll hidden. I wish it had a slightly thicker mouth feel, but the flavor is dead on.

I am surprised that it doesn't rate higher than it does. I would definitely pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:27:02 | More by Hex92
Criminally Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.