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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Barley Wine
Reading, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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"It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. Allís well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to know...it takes its toll, doesntít it? "Indeed" sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear I shall soon go crazy as well" And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place. Peter Scholey, Brewer.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2007
So this is the new "baddest" elf. I thought "Seriously Bad Elf" was somewhat underrated, so I had a few fleeting hopes for this particular entry. Poured a clear amber with a small semi-creamy white head. Nice aroma of alcohol, strawberries, honey, and wheat. Flavor is very dry with notes of dishwater, grassy hops, some indistinguishable fruits, and of course, alcohol, leading to a long and dry bitter, yeasty finish. Body is average for the style. Overall, definitely on the same continuum of the Bad Elf series, but for me the series has come full circle from novelty to something decent to back to novelty again. Whatís next? "Heaven Doesnít Want Him and Hell Is Afraid Heíll Take Over Elf"? With 15% alcohol ABV and flavor that tastes like an astringent metallic alcoholic mess? You know what the real crime is in all of this? Iíd probably end up buying that.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2488) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2007
pours a caramel color with a small white head aroma of malt & english hops taste of raisins and winter spices finishes reasonably clean

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a dark orange with a small white head . Aroma of fruits and vanilla. Alchohol very apparent. A decent barley wine.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2007
bronze color, clear, thin beige head. nose if of brown sugar and citrus. flavor is tongue-numbing with a little alcohol burn. Of these elves, I think the original bad elf might be my favorite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Blind tasting of 19 BWs. Poured a clear dark orange-amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was fairly sweet and fruity with a candy like aroma. Notes of peaches, apples and a touch of vanilla. Some earthy English hops were found in the mix. The malty flavor had a light fruitiness. The flavor though was short just leaving you with a dry fairly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4164) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a deep, clear amber into a snifter. Fluffy medium sized tan head with nice retention. Ocean aromas with well hidden alcohol. Upfront sour then caramel with a lasting alcohol sharpness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (5195) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 500 ml bottle. Medium to dark orange pour with a quick white head that quickly gets eaten up by the alcohol. Boozy aroma with some bubble gum in the back end. Flavor is quite one dimensional and is dominated by alcohol. Some artifical candy-like fruitiness comes through at times to break up the monotony. Taste not too disimilar to some fruity malt liquors I have sampled in my time. Mouthfeel, sticky - but not in the right way - more like the way your mouth feels after sucking on a lollipop all day. Bad indeed - not quite criminal though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a very bright coppery red with a one finger head that is slow to fade to a thin cap. The lacing thatís left behind is thicker than expected, especially given the high alcohol content. Smell; this has a very grainy aroma, with a little bit of caramel malts. Iím not really picking up any other aromas from this. It doesnít smell bad, itís just a not that interesting. Taste; once again, very grainy and slightly earthy. Thereís some hints of hops, and hints of some dark fruits, but both are hard to pick out. Just like the aroma, thereís not a whole lot going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and pretty smooth, with a decent drinkability. Overall, this is a decent beer, but not one I plan to revisit, especially considering the price tag.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours amber and looks reasonably good. Aroma, flavor and palate weak and empty. All I really taste is alcohol and thatís about it. Finishes reasonably clean and overall not complex at all. Not bad but nothing good either.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours a clear amber brown with a large frothy head. The aroma is lightly spicy from the alcohol, a bit of hop to back it up and a soft maltiness. The malt comes first in the flavor, a bit thin, but softly sweet. The alcohol adds a very slight head in the back and this has low bitterness.


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