Ridgeway Criminally Bad Elf

What a day. I spent the entire weekend decorating the house for Christmas with my sister. Today, we did about 10 hours straight. I’m definitely going to be sore tomorrow. But, the house looks festive and I got filet mignon out of the deal. The funny thing about decorating in my house is that my cat freaks out. I think it’s because he’s a stray, but he flips out and follows us constantly. He’s now asleep, so it’s a good time to review a beer.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: An interesting story from the brewery, “It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course – wrong place at the wrong time…but Claus was soon back on the the street with the polite apologies of the authorities – no questions asked. All’s well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know…it takes its toll, doesn’t it? ‘Indeed,’ sighed Claus, ‘my elf is going crazy, and I fear that I shall soon go crazy as well.’ And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite Barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place.”

Random: This is the first Ridgeway beer that I’ve reviewed.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with high visible carbonation. The nose presented with some spicy, bready aromas and some caramel malt. The booze really wasn’t present in the nose. On the taste, the first thing that I got was booze. It was then followed up with some caramel malt and a bit of nuttiness. I also got a bit of apple, the more I sipped on it. The one thing that really surprised me was how thin the beer was. The carbonation was moderate, but the body was crazy thin for a barleywine. It also coupled with a really quick finish. Honestly, not an impressive barleywine to me at all. Not that I’m not going to finish the brew, but I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0