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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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2010

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium orange amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, fruity - berries, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, light to light moderate yeasty, UK yeast. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, fruity, dry, light alcohol warm finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, light alcoholic finish. [20101114]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30734) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild citrus hoppy, light malt presence. Light spiced hoppy flavoured, maintains a light citrusy touch to a mild malt base. Mild spiced and citrusy finish. Quite bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2009
Bottled. An amber beer with a slight haze under a thin off-white head. The aroma has strong notes of caramel as well as light notes of spices. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of bread and fruit - especially peaches and oranges, but also medium notes of malt and lighter notes of spices - primarily elderflowers.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
(Bottle 50 cl) Clear amber golden with a small, off-white head. Spicey and lightly honey-like aroma. Quite full-bodied with sweet caramel and again very distinct honey accents. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Real nice, and severely underrated IMHO. 210908

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, bisquits, hops and yeast. Fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits, hops and alcohol. Hoppy and alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
Bottled. Orangeish golden colour, small beige head, lacing. Aroma is hops, caramel and earth. Flavour is spices, caramel, toffee, fruity hops and even a bit candy sugarish. Hides it’s alcohol well. Smooth and easy to drink. Also a lot of banana.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (19216) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2004
Bottled. Bronze colour, small head. Aroma of caramel and apple. Sweet with clean, rounded mouthfeel . Rather full bodied. Very simplistic.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16394) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Sweet malty caramel aroma with some weak hints of hops. Sweet malty caramel flavor with some spicy hints. Sweet malty finish with some caramel hints in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
23rd April 2008 Crisp. Rich malt with a brandy note. A hint of hops in the dry brandyish finish. Moorish!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö
Light amber color. The aroma reminds me a Strong Lager. Good body strength, light malt flavor, some sweetness, very light fruitness to distinguish from Strong Lagers. In the end the bitterness is correct, and there is a light alcohol feeling. Not interesting.


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