Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3   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 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???????

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerguy101 (5338) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2005
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle from the Beer Shop. Fruity spicy aroma. Er... yak is that plastic in the flavour? Pretty arse really. Yeah that’s my rate. Can you tell I love this one?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1520) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2005
orange/amber color, head is beige and somewhat lasting. faint apple (good times with fuggles!) notes, banana, light all spice. flavor is brown sugar, apple, slightly tart, banana....not bad.

   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 (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
From Bottle

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.

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