On the tenth day of Beermas…….
Name: Criminally Bad Elf
Brewed By: Ridgeway Brewery
This barleywine pours a bright golden color that shimmers in the light, pour produced a short white head that lingers as a ring around the glass.
Smells of toasted grains, some fruity notes and a touch of earthy hops in the background, alcohol is definitely present in the aroma but it’s faint.
Initial sip is big on malt, a bit bready, somewhat sweet but well-balanced by a the alcohol and an even hop bitterness on the back-end of the taste. After a few sips I’m picking up a some dark fruit, raisin, cherries maybe. The alcohol lends a nice warming heat after each sip.
Overall a pretty easy drink barleywine, at 10.5% I expected a bit more heat but was pleasantly surprised. The initial sweet flavors are balanced well and sip after sip my palate doesn’t get tired. This is a great beer to share by the fire with that special someone.
12 Days of Beermas
Day 10: Ridgeway Brewing, Criminally Bad Elf