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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 371   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!


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12178) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at home, catch up rate thanks to my inlaws, 01/01/14. Golden amber with a good sized off white head that retains well. Nose is candied sugars, light spice, grassy, trace of diacetyl, bitter citric fruits, bread dough, light booze. Taste comprises caramel, candied sugars, light boozey tones, earthy orchard fruit tones, bready malts, light spice.. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying closure with light bitterness and little booze in the closure. Ok English strong, lacks any real complexity or depth, the booze is a little harsh in places and a definate diacetyl waft on the nose. That said it was drinkable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yorker (1495) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear amber with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are malt, caramel, spices, and honey - with a slightly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (829) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2013
This beer had a light golden slightly red color. It has a malty aroma. It has a rich balanced malt hop flavor. Well done. A very bad elf for sure. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
(Bottle): Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma of floral hop, spices, malt, yeast, bread. Flavour is much of the same with a slight alcohol note detected. Very meh.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
ejh8 (105) - - DEC 28, 2013
Very IPA tasting. Dry as a bone. As a beer drinker I am not a big IPA fan and subsequently not a fan of this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7306) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a dark cream head. Dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Caramel and fruity flavor. Medium bodied. Caramel and fruitiness lingers with light earth.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanp (3) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013 does not count
Caramel, coffee, nuts, toast, vanilla, woody. Light copper color, strong taste of alcohol but no fruity esters. Thin head, light carbonation, good bitterness balance. Not overly malty or sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
musinj6 (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Pours a golden with one finger head with no lacing. Aroma of grassy and herbal good with toasted malt. Moderately bitter and a hi t of sweet. Mild to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Long mildly bitter finish. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Caramel, toffee, a little fruit and some decent baking spices. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (783) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Sweet, roasted malt aroma from a crystal clear light copper body with a thin white head. Honey sweetness hits immediately followed by woody dryness that helps balance it out. Then the sweetness seems to resurge and gets a bit cloying. There’s some earthy, mushroomy bitterness and musk after this that settles on the tongue and stays around until the (still very) sweet malt liquor-like end. The alcohol seems stronger than it actually is. Interesting, but seems a bit out of balance.


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