Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 368   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
A very clear brown-amber with small white head, aroma is caramel and pear with a faint spice (ginger or nutmeg?). Like a juiced up english pale, somewhat simplistic with a hint of spicy hops in the finish. Or could be some actual seasonal spices added, but very light-handed. Not bad, but not remarkable either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
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Poured copper, with nice foamy white head that laced the glass nicely. Aroma was malty, spicey, and fruity. Flavor was fruity with hints of cherry, grapefruit and something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Not bitter. Mouthfeel was light. I could really taste the alcohol in this and more so after it warmed. I couldn’t finish the bottle. Overall, I didn’t care for it that much. There was something lacking in this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2005
A ginger and spice aroma. Orange body with off white head and decent carbination. Mild bitterness to the flavor but overall it is spicy with some warming alcohol. Not bad for a novality beer I guess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
swatskee (17) - Ohio, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
light amber pour, small white head, minimal lacing if any at all, light carbonation, small malty aroma with a hint of floral hops in the background. sweet on the palate with a slight hop finish. moderate alcohol warmth with a slight metallic taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle poured a bright orange with a small fizzy head. Aroma is malt and spice. Flavor is malt, hops and spice with a metalic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Amber color with a thin head. Interesting aroma of orange and hops. Moderately malty taste with a slight hit of ginger and cloves. I could almost mistake this for an atempt at an American-style winter ale. Surprisingly tasty!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 [bottle - 50 cl] Clear amber pour with a thin and soapy white head. Lots of carbonation. Very faint aroma is a mix of sweet malts and some even fainter hops. Watery and metallic taste begins with some sweetness and malt with some flavors of ginger, grapefruit and some hops at the end. Alcohol is very detectable. Very watery and spicy on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Light orange colored body with a thin white head. Lots of small carbonating bubbles. The aroma is cooked carrots with sweet ginger. A strange aroma for sure. The taste is slightly spicy with ginger and some celery. There is also a grapefruit note. Not unpleasant, but strange. This strong vegetable character in an ale is messing with my head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Amber Coloring with White Ring. Malty Beginning...Caramel Malt Notes...Bit of an Overlay of a Hop Tang...and a Dry Hop Aftertaste. Alcohol Not Really Noticeable....Well he IS a Bad Elf!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Clear copper with a thin off white head. Tart and estery toffee aroma. Bready, toasted malt flavor with some earthy, woody hops and hints of marzipan. Finishes clean but sticky. Has some noticable alcohol. The low rating is strange to me. The ale falls right in the range of the style and show no major defects. My bottle is clean and flavorful.

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