Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ken1 (1437) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Aroma: fruity sweet and hoppy. Flavour: fruity sweet and grape like bitterness with nutty and spicy notes and a dry finish. Colour: golden amber with a white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - DEC 7, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big three finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a more grainy and wheat like aroma with some other smells of a light sugar sweetness. Along with these smells are some notes of a lighter fruit nature as well as a light hop smell of an earthy aroma. Taste – The taste begins quite bready and doughty with a moderate level of sweetness upfront. The sweetness is mainly of a caramel flavor but contains flavors of some light fruits of pear and peach. As the taste advances the sweeter flavor fade some, with an even greater doughy taste developing. All while the doughy taste builds some spice flavors come to the tongue. Some grassy and herbal hop tastes come at the end of the taste, and with the loss of fruit, the increase in doughy and bready tastes, and bit of spice, one is left with a sorta odd and slightly unbalanced taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is very low. The thick feel was rather nice, but the lack of carbonation was a poor for the spice and herbal and grassy tastes, giving them too much potency and making them somewhat overwhelming for the tastes. Overall – The look was fantastic, but other than that, this was a fairly unbalanced and slightly off putting brew. Not one I will go to again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
arkurzynski (1884) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Deep gold pour. Nose of hot boozy malt, diacetyl and skunky hops. Flavor is malt liquor and hops. Hot. Bad, bad elf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (5306) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2014
500 ml botle @ Café Talo, Helsinki. Clear, rather deep golden body with a small white head. Weak in aroma, light malt and some spices. Flavor is pretty straight forward malty with just a hint of fruit and some spicy yeast and low bitterness. Medium body and average aftertaste with some alcohol as a backdrop. Totally drinkable and quite smooth but ends up simple and a bit boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2440) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
500ml bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Golden colour, with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, the taste is too, with a buttery sweetness. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CTKlubben (85) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2014
Nutty aroma, appear Golden with a frothy head. Taste medium sweet, light bitter. Lively carbonation and medium bodied

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Bread/grain and a spicy hop note dominate the aroma and flavor of this one. Nice body to it, but a little harsh in the finish. Ridgeway’s beers don;t seem to be as cool as their labels, unfortuantely."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiddleBrau (1052) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. Orange amber with just off white head. Malt and a but musty some corn in the nose. Flavor is murky aged caramel and tainted. Bad elf... Bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2291) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a medium gold, with a white head. Spicy, caramelly aroma, hops, toffee, fried fruit, lightly yeasty, grass, citrus. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, caramelly taste, hops, herbs, toffee, vanilla (!), apricot, earth. Quite rich and rustique, enjoyable. (2014-01-24)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9454) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Hay, toffee malt and tangy orange/alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet lemon, toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal grass. Mild alcohol finish. Tasty.

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