Criminally Bad Elf | Ridgeway Brewing

BA SCORE
79
okay
317 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Criminally Bad ElfCriminally Bad Elf
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom
ridgewaybrewery.co.uk

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jwc215 on 11-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
317
Reviews:
201
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.03%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 317 |  Reviews: 201
Photo of GatorCoop
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A real impressive appearance. Crystal clear and shimmering, practically like glass isn't even full, but a nice golden bronze and amber body, with just enough ultra fine carbonation rising up. Head grows creamy to a nice easy two fingers, maybe taller, but a real bleach bright white top, maybe a hint of yellow to it, and creamy retention. Settles slowly, to a nice thin puck, and wide top. Gorgeous looker.

Nose smells very candy fruit like. Nice herbality going on with some spice cinnamon hop like angles. Muted caramel and a sense of thick pine spruce to match with a big bitterness. Very interesting.

Palate actually comes much more lighter and subdued than expected. Lots of honey coating and similar textures and flavors but with a lighter feel. Treacle and honey with a big soft pine blast at the end. A little wet tasting which makes some of the flavors not really last on the tongue. Hints of leafy green tea come out in some aromatic ways also.

A nice simple barleywine, which also forgoes some of the big heaviness, but sacrifices a little bit of flavor and texture. Not bad, memorable at least with a good honey angle.

 1,198 characters

Photo of chefdave37
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skaboom420
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Limanuljaska
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pav5069
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Lodisgrisen
1.88/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.74/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Skillz
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of mdcrouser
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received this for Christmas two years ago and it's been in the basement fridge since - at the time, I had a beer from the same brewery and wasn't impressed, so have been less willing to enjoy this one. Never a better Saturday to give it a shot than this one.

A previous review says "apricot" of the color - I'd add "dried" to that description and it's spot on. Deep orange, very little head - strange for a barleywine, as it looks more like a big IPA.

Caramel, biscuit malts - little else though. Tough to pull out anything more than what's immediately apparent.

More herbal than most barleywines with fairly hot alcohol, some caramel, but little else. Disappointing to even have"barleywine" on the label. More like a malty pale ale.

Decent mouthfeel, but with nothing supporting it, it doesn't truly resonate.

Meh - criminally bad barleywine.

 855 characters

Photo of vinicole
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lovely burnt marmalade colour.
Smells of candied peel and rum. A little like my rumtopf.
Candy floss and fruit cake taste. Boozy.
I quite liked this and was glad I have left it to mellow for a couple of years.
Really getting ready for xmas now.

 244 characters

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(on cask 2 nights ago at Victoria Freehouse - served at about room temp in a snifter)

L: clear amber-garnet liquid, holds a thick 1/2" head till the end... very minimal lacing, however

S: spicy, pleasant mild phenols... fruit jam atop a huge bed of caramel... lovely, overall, though not a waking intensity even in a snifter

T: caramel and fruit brandy, with its booze trailing on the end as well... brute malt, with a soft side... lil bit of hop and phenol bitter in the finish

F: smooth and still... pillow soft... delicate boozy flare in the finish, comforting warmth in the belly

O: it took me sitting down at the computer and looking at the specs here to realize this was 10.5%... had no idea - one would never know... quite nice, but now I feel like I have to try a bottle of it to compare... it never ends...

 820 characters

Photo of jprivott
3.84/5  rDev +12%

Photo of matias-
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. More often then not I end up buying some of these cheesy Christmas beers, and this one I bought last weekend. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear reddish/copper color with about a half inch light tan head that didn't stay around for too long. The brew smells like raisins, bananas, caramel, dried fruit and a bit of sweet spiciness. It tastes like dried fruit, raisins, caramel, over-ripened bananas, plums, and apple/apple skins. The 10.5% ABV is hidden pretty well. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. It's OK overall, but not one of the better barleywines I've had. With that being said, it's certainly worth a try at least once. $6.49 a bottle.

 738 characters

Photo of WynnO
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hoggo
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Pours a bright translucent orange with a thin head. The scent is full of sour fruits such as raspberry and cherry with the alcohol coming through on the nose in the end. The taste was more spicy than I was expecting with pepper and all spice in the beginning before mellowing into dark fruits and tobacco flavors. I was expecting more of a burn but this was surprisingly drinkable for 10.5%.

 391 characters

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Anvilfarm
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of dshansen1184
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of ajs4bd
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Criminally Bad Elf from Ridgeway Brewing
3.43 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe