Criminally Bad Elf | Ridgeway Brewing

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Criminally Bad ElfCriminally Bad Elf

Brewed by:
Ridgeway Brewing
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jwc215 on 11-08-2006

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
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!


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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

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