Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
"Is it just my imagination," queried old Santa, surveying the scene, "or is my Elf only getting worse and worse every year? What’s next? Seriously Bad Elf, I’ll wager. Mark my words."

This Very Bad Elf is one fine ale - rich, hardy, and flavorful, brewed to an original 1795 Thames Valley recipe, with a very special pale amber malt that is rarely used nowadays, and balanced by a modest addition of English Fuggle aroma hops. ’Ere’s to your elf!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (10050) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Nice caramel and toffee up fornt but the finish is very vegetal and marmitey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (6172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Hazy dark copper with a thin bubbly/foamy head. Rich almond and nutty nose with a bit of blonde biscuit and grassy hop. Nice flavor with a gentle toffee and almond malt tone with very little grassy hoppiness. Lovely and very quaffable. Mild nuttiness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2727) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Brilliant, deep, orange amber with light effervescence. Resilient white froth atop laces a mean weave. Smoky phenolics, burnt toast and rubber bleeds from it and tickles the nose, but is ccleaned up by honey sweet, toasted malts. Similar phenolic clap on the palate. Quite heated with a vinous, sherryish burn that lasts. Malty with cereal notes upfront and a light note of honey and zing of lemon. Body is medium light with soft carbonation. Has a nutty backdrop build after a few swills. Drinks ok, but lacks a punch or wow factor. (50cL, BB 14/08/16, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle - pours carbonated copper with medium head. Nose of malt and musk. Taste is of stale malt, cough syrup, and hop. Not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
From bottle. Clear golden color. Aroma is malt, corn syrup, and toffee. Taste is quite malty sweet, with corn, cereal, and an odd bitterness. Bitterness comes forward in the finish with the corn syrup maltiness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (346) - - DEC 20, 2014
An amber Special Reserve Ale with barley, rye, wheat, oat and with low head. Aroma is rich, malty, a little yeast, fresh, spicy, orange, toffee. Taste is bitter sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (7827) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear golden amber, nose is sweet toffee, pine, taste is juicy, dry, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (7166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas of toffee and light spice. Taste is quite sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting. Appearance - deep toffee-amber in colour. Decent head. Nose - more toffee, a hint of biscuit and definitely some Christmas spices in there. Taste - again toffee and spices and a bit cloying if I’m honest. Palate - medium bodied with a big creamy and sweet texture and a finish that is too sweet. Overall - this one falls between stools for me. Not strong enough to be a barley wine and not refreshing enough to be an ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
McNeillR (1898) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Greasy golden, visible carbonation and a neat ringed head. Sawdust and soft nutmeg before scraped banana skin nose. Clean enough, bit soapy and a bit herby. Clean, passable for the ABV but a keen carbonation. Clammy sweetness. Sleek enough but taste like a bitter on the linger over anything else.

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