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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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!


2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Pours with a frothy, pale tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear amber colored brew. The aroma is lightly sweet with an herbal, fruity aroma that is typically English. It reminds me of black currants, and a stale woody herbal character.

The taste is lightly sweet, and pretty light (almost watery) on the palate. The beer has a week finish that is a bit astringent, and perhaps even a bit vegetal. There is a definite fruitiness here that reminds me of currants, berries and a bit of raisins. I really can’t get over the finish of this beer though, it is just bad, and downright un-enjoyable. I am definitely disappointed by this beer.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Bronze with rocky head, aroma of brown sugar on sweet potatoes, flavor earthy mushroom and cooked okra doused in maple syrup. I can’t decide if that is very interesting or "very bad." The vegetal flavor is a little overwhelming. With a long sweet finish. Nicely warming but the flavor seems way too forward to be from Britain.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Whole Foods, Baton Rouge, La. 50 cl bottle. Pours a light copper colored with a thin, wispy white head. Aroma has some ripening vegetable notes, and a hint of mint, finishes with a hint of licorice. Flavor has a good, rib-sticking strong bitterness to it - not subtle by any means. Some underlying fruitiness and chocolate. Almost turns cloyingingly sweet near the end with some overripe vegetable notes but is passable. Thickish mouthfeel. Good winter warmer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Clear, deep golden body with medium carbonation and a fading sudsy white head. Malty aroma of tea, sweet apple skins, and stale, overripe hops. Flavor of black tea, sweet red apples, cigar paper, and woody hop stems. Sweet and syrupy but hardy and fairly enjoyable if the beer is fresh and you get in the right frame of mind. Thanks argo0 for the generous freebie.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2005
this beer’s rating scored extra just because of higher alc. content. Flavor very sweet, fairly smooth but very plain non-descript beer. no real poor aftertaste - just no taste. won’t buy this again

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Light copper pour with gold leanings. Light head. Spicy warm alcohol aroma with pepper and ginger hints. The flavor has pepper and nutmeg like spice. Spicy hop bitterness. Burnt/roasted malt. Overall, very bitter but an interesting flavor. Body is medium and creamy with a semi-dry finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2005
500ml bottle - poured copper with a fair white foamy head that laces some in the english pint. Aroma is caramel, apples, and some alcohol. Flavor is caramel malt, a touch of fruit and definite alcohol. Palate is medium bodied and not much carbonation is there. Somewhat watery on the palate. The alcohol aftertaste is tough to handle though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Not that much different from the regular bad elf. Wonder wht the very special pale malt is???????

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 23, 2005
This English Ale pours an orange gold color from a 500ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, apples and sweet. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are caramel, toffee, some fruitiness and cookies. Slightly spicy hops. A touch of citrus and a touch of wood. It’s a little thin and a little watery tasting, and the alcohol bite becomes more noticeable as it warms. There is a touch of the earthy fuggles in the background. A little bland, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2005
Crital clear orange-amber beer with a nice and creamy off white yellowish head. In the aroma you can find a nice variation of nutty and caramelly accents. it also has a very refreshing touch of hops and herbs. The taste is medium dry with a soft side. The beer has fruity accents, hints of nuts, cereals, toffee, caramel and milkbread. in the finale the well integrated herby touches are comming up. It all ends with an elegant- nutty and fine hoppy finale. A nice beer with a very good balance and a nice afthertaste.


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