Ridgeway Brewing 'Criminally Bad Elf' Barleywine Style Ale

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Ridgeway Brewing 'Criminally Bad Elf' Barleywine Style Ale. 10.5% abv. Shady honey color. Thin beige head. Excellent retention and superb lacing. Nose of rich sweet amber malt, sweet stone fruit, light brown backing. Front taste of dank citrus sweet, fruity hops, bittersweet dried fruit. Aftertaste is warm-hot, flat citrus peel, caramel back end. Medium-full body. Mouthfeel is warm, thick, carby.

This is an extraordinary beer, one with rich, sweet malt taste colored by subdued dark fruit flavors. This brew makes me want to try all the other "Elf" beers in the series. Be warned that this is not a beer for proud hop heads. I don't know the IBU, but assume it's quite low. No, this beer is for the malt lovers out there - myself included -  a perfect beer to warm you and your tastebuds. Outstanding. Strongly recommended.

From the brewery:

"Ridgeway Brewery is run by Peter Scholey, former head brewer at Brakspear, and his wife Vanda. The Ridgeway, a long distance ancient footpath passes just a few hundred yards from our front door in South Stoke - hence the brewery name."
[source: ridgewaybrewery.co.uk]

"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."
[source: sheltonbrothers.com]

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