Following my review of the Holy Grail Ale, I had to run to the fridge to grab something tasty. Insanely Bad Elf is what I snagged. At 11.2% ABV, I’m going to guess that my wish for a beer with more character is about to be granted.
The Elf had very little head. I was surprised, and expected more from the crazy pointy-eared creature.
My expectations for foam may have been shattered, but my expectations for taste were not! It’s sweet from start to finish. Brown sugar, raisins, and some spice. The alcohol comes though in the smell and all throughout the flavor. Going to sleep well tonight! In general, it reminds me of the Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre, which I gave a raving review for. The elf is no where as smooth as the Raison though.
Note: Had someone handed this to me in a taste-test, I would never guess that it’s a red ale. It tastes more like a sweet barley wine.
This bottle was a gift (tip of the hat to friend & co-worker Sean), and I hope I can find more of it. I’m guessing that I may strike-out, as Insanely Bad Elf is a Christmas beer and is brewed out of Ridgeway Brewing in Oxfordshire, UK.`