Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle conditioned; Seasonal - Winter. Has also been seen on cask occasionally.
Ridgeway produce two versions of Bad Elf "Winter Ale" - one at 4.5%, and the other at 6%. There is a separate listing for the 4.5% version.
Olde England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale, brewed by Peter Scholey. Master brewer for the late and much-lamented Brakspear Brewery of Henley-on-Thames, England, Peter started his own brewing operations in 2003. Bad Elf is a hop-lover’s dream, balancing a generous amount of famous English malt with an astounding 45 ounces of fresh hops – including American Cascade – per barrel.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Appearance: gold-tinged straw under a surprisingly vibrant bread white head. Head fades rocky and patchy, leaving clumps of lace in its wake.
Nose: herbal and grassy with freshly baled hay and piles of mown grass drying in the sun. Lemon skin essence. Table crackers and bread crust. Key lime. Hop pellets and generic dried green herbs.
Palate: Italian bread, table crackers, and French rolls in the back. Grass, key lime, and herbs linger in my breath. Lemon and key lime zest along the edges. Medium weight. Sweet rolls in the middle.
Final Thoughts: not bad but not great – overall very forgetful. Worth trying once and that is about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nakedwhendrunk (2128) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing. The smell had some light cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla. There was a little bit of plum as it opened up a bit. The taste was mainly sweet but had a light roasty note underneath. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a tad of sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed fairly subdued but okay for the style. Overall, for the most part, this was a good English Strong Ale to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2060) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a medium gold, with a white head. Hoppy, fruity aroma, spruce, grapefruit, caramel, ointment, grass. Off-dry, medium body, mid to high bitterness, balanced CO2. Hoppy, spicy taste, lightly phenolic yeast notes, grapefruit peel, caramel, alcohol, earth. There’s an oddly Belgian touch to this one. Quite nice. (2014-01-24)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden with a thin white head that quickly faded to as flat as a witches tit. Not sure if that’s the right expression but it will do. Aroma has some sweet malts, some hops, hint of spice and honey but pretty pale. Flavour is pretty subtle all over. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this but just found it a bit off for me, then ended up working my way through the glass and it growing on me. Hmm. I know very little about beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Clear light amber pour with a white head. Aroma is malt, earthy hops. Taste is thin bodied, malt base, earthy hops. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VastActiv (2845) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Tap at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Originally rated 04122011. Colour is golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Caramel, some sweetness and malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (2467) - Stavanger, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Flaske (bb.060914) fra Voldby Købmansgård, på Sigmunds hytte april-14: mer malt enn humle i både aroma og smak. Lett syrlig bærsmak. God og varmende. Jeg hører flere fornøyde sukk rundt bordet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen2 (906) - NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Golden. White head. Moderate, but slightly harsh, hop aroma. Balanced with sweetness in taste. Medium long aftertaste. Well-balanced with good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5119) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting, from Voldby Købmandsgaard. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Malty aroma, hints of caramel. Decent hops in the flavour, not too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5296) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
Shared bottle at local tasting . Pours clear deep golden with a big creamy white head. Aroma of bready malts, light citrussy hops. Taste is fruity, with some bready malts, dry and full bodied. Very good, fresh and moreish beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
12th March 2014
Almost clear gold beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Light airy malt, a little cream and a little sweetness, Bit of a honey vibe and very mild floralness. Light orange, touch of marmalade, Smooth finish. Not bad.

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