Insanely Bad Elf is Ridgeway Brewing’s alcoholic brother to Bad Elf, another of their Christmas ales. So, how is it? I’m tasting a 2011 bottle that has been aged 3 years.
Insanely Bad Elf pours copper red with a thin head that reduces to a few bubbles and lace. It has a sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. It tastes sweet with roasted caramel, brown sugar, and honey. Oak and plums come through near the finish. Hops are not prominent. The alcohol is right up front at 11.2% ABV.
Overall, it doesn’t have the body needed to tame the sugar or alcohol, even after 3 years aging. The label is colorful, which I suspect is what sells this beer.
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