Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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"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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Pours amber with little white head. Smells of light hops and floral but a weak smell. Smooth feel with slight yeasty and hop tatste but certaintly not a strong flavor. Gets more and more difficult to drink as time goes on. Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a large off-white head that diminished slowly. Good roasted gainy malt aroma. Medium body. Soft roasted malt flavor witha short small bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Pours to a darker body than Bad Elf. It is glowing and has a medium thickness creamy white head. The aroma is doughy and very similar to Bad Elf. The flavor is much like the Bad Elf but introduces a toasted grain to it. I do like the flavor of this one better although they rate the same. The palate is a little thicker than Bad Elf. And yet, plain Jane. Not bad, simply not exciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Again, I’ll state that Ridgeway should pay as much attention to their beer as they do to clever labels and names. I will rate this the same as the Bad Elf and the Seriously Bad Elf because all fail to impress or satisfy. This pours deep amber with a foamy white head and goes downhill after that. Faint notes of dough, watery texture, and an insipid taste earmark this disaster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
500 mL bottle, pours clear amber with white foam on top. nicely bready and hoppy aroma, very balanced and slightly thin/alcoholic aroma. flavor is similar to the aroma profile, very balanced, but some oxidized cardboardy flavors leave a slightly off finish. i like it, and if it weren’t $5 a bottle i would certainly buy more - despite 7.5%, it’s quite sessionable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevin (2069) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2005
tan copper pour with a thick cream head that shrinks away. aroma is off, latex glove, powder, and rough sour cherry. bitter almond flavor with some flat strawberry soda notes. finish is like sucking on a nickel. this is an unpleasant experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
has a nice golden red color to it. has a little fruit flavor to it and fiishes smooth as well the elf was worth it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 14, 2005
There is a light malty aroma with some hop background. The color is a rich golden with a tan head that is short lasting. The taste is slightly malty but with a bit of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Sample from WFM. These holiday-gimmick beers always seem to be below average and this is no exception. Clear reddish amber with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is vaguely sweet malt and caramel. Medium bodied and a little watery with malt and fruit flavors. Some bitterness as well but it is distracting more than anything. The finish is metallic and lightly bitter. Not worth going back to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Poured a copper color with a white head. Aroma of sweet fruity malt. Mostly apple with a little spice and flower. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt with a light bitter finish.

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