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Criminally Bad Elf - Ridgeway Brewing

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BA SCORE
79
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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 187
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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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

matjack85, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

CyBEERooster, Jan 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
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.

Hopswagger, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

sandiego67, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of kbnooshay
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.

kbnooshay, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

imbuckeye, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

IvoryFoxhole, Dec 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Mick-e-d, Dec 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

CJS, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

ste5venla, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

DreaminBeer, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Hex92
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.

Hex92, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

KatieKaBoom, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

B00ZER, Dec 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

BGdad, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

RoryOMoore, Dec 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light bodied cranium, almost copperish color, clear
S - Strong alcohol smell, spicy
T - bourbon, spices, vanilla...
M - lot of carbonation
O - Good to try once... A lot going on and not sure that it all comes together quite like they hoped. Don't go out of your way to get some.

FatTireGuy215, Nov 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

2beerdogs, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Peyton5410, Nov 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

steve8robin, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

andthevolcano, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Jules11788, Oct 28, 2012
Criminally Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.