uhclem (380) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a nice copper with a thin, insubstantial head. Minimal lacing. Strong toffee nose. Taste was very sweet. Heavy mouthfeel - left a slickness behind. The haevy alcohol content is well disguised at the front of the mouth, but after swallowing I felt like I had done a shot of hard liquor.
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured a brilliant coppery-orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was quite like the other Bad Elf beers, with strong, boozy caramel, toffee, and darker fruits.. herbal and rather metallic notes accent, but it remained OK. The flavor was over-the-top sharp with a primarily caramel, lesser toffee, and some dark fruits at the core.. metallic and herbal accents, and heavy fusel boozage especially at the back.. dry at the finish with more caramel. Sharp and thick-bodied on the palate with too much overt alcohol. I did not care for this.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very bright red with quickly dissapating fizzy offwhite head. Aroma reminds me of candy apples. Flavor starts very sweet like molases or toffee then fades into slight tart fruitiness then finishes with big hop-alcohol presence. Overall, best of the bunch.
Dorwart (2409) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Sweet candy and brown sugar aroma. Loads of malts, caramel and cherry cordials. Color is a bright mahagony orange. Sweet, flavor. Very sweet with lots of candied fruits and brown sugar. This is just a sweet syrupy mess. Starts sweet, finishes sweet and it sweet in the middle. Noty a very good brew and not a good BW.
thehurt01 (262) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 11.2 oz bottle. The high alc/vol makes the need of a made on date pointless. The beer poured a deep red with a fizzy cream head. a light citrus smell. The taste is so smooth with a light sweetness. Little lacing with good carbonation.
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pretty funky aroma, almost wine-like. This si pretty nice. Some good hop character balanced well enough. Tasty.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours redish amber with no head or lace. The aroma has English hops showing through - quite fruity. Wow, the flavor hits you with the dark fruits. There is a sour linger. The palate is thick. The alcohol start to shine through a bit much. Overall, pretty warming. Needs to be colder than 25F to enjoy.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unexpected Crisp Hoppy English Red Ale. Smooth despite big EtOH. Good but not worth the $5.99 each price tag.
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz Bottle: Nice reddish copper body, no head. Alcohol on the first whiff, some dark fruit hanging around. Has a syrupy feel, coats the tongue. Dark fruits, alcohol, tastes mirrors the aroma.
Ibrew2or3 (7212) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33L bottle pours a clear deep copper with quickly dissipating white head. In under a minute there was no evidence there had even been a head. The aroma is mostly a load of dark fruity esters like prunes, figs and cherries. The rest of the nose seems to be alcohol. It isn’t too bad though. The taste is as fruity as the nose with a wide load of cherries, red apples, figs, over ripe plums and some vague spice (maybe cinnamon). About midway a mild caramel candy note is noticed along with faint malt roastiness. At the finish the alcohol wells up and threatens to take control of the flavor with mild hotness and smooth inviting warmth.