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Style: English Strong Ale
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 362   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
has a nice golden red color to it. has a little fruit flavor to it and fiishes smooth as well the elf was worth it


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2472) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2014
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Brilliant, deep, orange amber with light effervescence. Resilient white froth atop laces a mean weave. Smoky phenolics, burnt toast and rubber bleeds from it and tickles the nose, but is ccleaned up by honey sweet, toasted malts. Similar phenolic clap on the palate. Quite heated with a vinous, sherryish burn that lasts. Malty with cereal notes upfront and a light note of honey and zing of lemon. Body is medium light with soft carbonation. Has a nutty backdrop build after a few swills. Drinks ok, but lacks a punch or wow factor. (50cL, BB 14/08/16, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pdx76 (646) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle - pours carbonated copper with medium head. Nose of malt and musk. Taste is of stale malt, cough syrup, and hop. Not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pdx77 (1445) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
From bottle. Clear golden color. Aroma is malt, corn syrup, and toffee. Taste is quite malty sweet, with corn, cereal, and an odd bitterness. Bitterness comes forward in the finish with the corn syrup maltiness.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (131) - - DEC 20, 2014
An amber Special Reserve Ale with barley, rye, wheat, oat and with low head. Aroma is rich, malty, a little yeast, fresh, spicy, orange, toffee. Taste is bitter sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours clear golden amber, nose is sweet toffee, pine, taste is juicy, dry, caramel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours clear amber, thin white head. Aromas of toffee and light spice. Taste is quite sweet. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle at Appellation Comely Bank tasting. Appearance - deep toffee-amber in colour. Decent head. Nose - more toffee, a hint of biscuit and definitely some Christmas spices in there. Taste - again toffee and spices and a bit cloying if I’m honest. Palate - medium bodied with a big creamy and sweet texture and a finish that is too sweet. Overall - this one falls between stools for me. Not strong enough to be a barley wine and not refreshing enough to be an ESB.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
McNeillR (1328) - SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Greasy golden, visible carbonation and a neat ringed head. Sawdust and soft nutmeg before scraped banana skin nose. Clean enough, bit soapy and a bit herby. Clean, passable for the ABV but a keen carbonation. Clammy sweetness. Sleek enough but taste like a bitter on the linger over anything else.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ken1 (1041) - DENMARK - DEC 12, 2014
Aroma: fruity sweet and hoppy. Flavour: fruity sweet and grape like bitterness with nutty and spicy notes and a dry finish. Colour: golden amber with a white head.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Darkmagus82 (1827) - - DEC 7, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a big three finger head of white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a more grainy and wheat like aroma with some other smells of a light sugar sweetness. Along with these smells are some notes of a lighter fruit nature as well as a light hop smell of an earthy aroma. Taste – The taste begins quite bready and doughty with a moderate level of sweetness upfront. The sweetness is mainly of a caramel flavor but contains flavors of some light fruits of pear and peach. As the taste advances the sweeter flavor fade some, with an even greater doughy taste developing. All while the doughy taste builds some spice flavors come to the tongue. Some grassy and herbal hop tastes come at the end of the taste, and with the loss of fruit, the increase in doughy and bready tastes, and bit of spice, one is left with a sorta odd and slightly unbalanced taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is very low. The thick feel was rather nice, but the lack of carbonation was a poor for the spice and herbal and grassy tastes, giving them too much potency and making them somewhat overwhelming for the tastes. Overall – The look was fantastic, but other than that, this was a fairly unbalanced and slightly off putting brew. Not one I will go to again.


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