Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 376   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - 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 (4889) - 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 (4022) - 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 (5297) - 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 (1327) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottled. Poured a rather bright medium orange with small wisps and a ring of white head. Light fruits and toasted grains provided the bulk of the aroma... with an odd detergent-like quality, too. Smooth and slightly grainy on the first half of the palate, transitioning to something ugly at the back end. Flavors of light fruit, alcohol, and stale cardboardey hops. This wasn’t completely awful... but it certainly wasn’t enjoyable.

   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.

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