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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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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!


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Cloudy amber/orange pour, minimal head. Aroma has lots of spice, a little fruit and caramel. Sweet taste, flavors follow the aroma.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiddleBrau (915) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle. Orange amber with just off white head. Malt and a but musty some corn in the nose. Flavor is murky aged caramel and tainted. Bad elf... Bad brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2032) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a medium gold, with a white head. Spicy, caramelly aroma, hops, toffee, fried fruit, lightly yeasty, grass, citrus. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, caramelly taste, hops, herbs, toffee, vanilla (!), apricot, earth. Quite rich and rustique, enjoyable. (2014-01-24)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2014
Bottle. Hay, toffee malt and tangy orange/alcohol aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet lemon, toffee malt and moderately bitter herbal grass. Mild alcohol finish. Tasty.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2014
500ml bottle poured into a shaker glass; served cold. Aroma: Mild; not a lot comes out. Mild malt and hay/grass. Appearance: Crystal clear, dark gold body. No head. Thin lacing. Taste: Pale hops. Grass, pine, and light malt. Palate: Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation. Moderate length on the finish, ends on bitter hops. Overall: A nice ale, but it tastes somewhat generic. Decent enough. I wouldn’t mind finding a bottle on Christmas morning, but I wouldn’t seek it out.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4783) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Sampled at esbls. Clear golden. My glass might need rinsed. A dry powdery feel. Malty with gentle fruit. Some heat. Ok.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rxeight (1192) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Smells like a skunky English bitter. Tastes like a standard English bitter. Maybe bidding tons without the creamy body. Not impressed

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (1091) - 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 (609) - 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 (432) - 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.


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