Merry Christmas LIBA readers! I hope you all had a wonderful day today. The last week has been filled with holiday celebrations and all of them have been great for me. Last night we went to a Christmas party with my father-in-law’s extended family. We had a great time catching up, playing Cards Against Humanity and we even made out like bandits at the Yankee Swap. Today we spent the afternoon with my mother-in-law’s extended family, eating good food and scoring more great Yankee Swap goodies. The best gift I got in the past week was a print titled “While the Giant Slept”, which is pictured above. The lithograph pictures Pearl Harbor seconds before the first bomb dropped…before the world changed forever. My wife got me a signed, numbered artist’s proof of the print. I have one of 100 copies that exist. Once I get it framed, I’ll share a picture.
Tonight I’m relaxing, watching Game of Thrones and drinking Ridgeway Crimanally Bad Elf. This English barleywine was another gift from my mother. And while I’ve tried beers like bad elf and insanely bad elf, I don’t believe I’ve ever had this criminal version.
It pours a straightforward amber color with minimal head. It has a medicinal, alcohol aroma, which is not particularly pleasing. Dark fruit and heavy malts with brown sugar flavors dominate. The brew is incredibly sweet and quite boozy. It’s 10.5% ABV is barely masked, if at all. As the beer warms, even slightly, the booziness increases. The intense sweetness isn’t jiving with me right now, so I’m not particularly enjoying it. Perhaps in a smaller quantity in a different setting, I would have enjoyed this more…