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Thwaites Good Elf (Cask)

Brewed by Thwaites
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Blackburn, England


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.
Note: This beer replaced the previous 4.9% version from 2012.
Christmas in a glass with festive fruity hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gegwilson (3199) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Cask in the Grassington hall Hotel. Pours amber with an off white head. Notes of orange, cinnamon, clove, peanut and light spice mixed in with very average bitter flavour. A bit odd. Didn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (8674) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Cask @ Hare & Hounds, Middleton. Has a deep, dark rusty copper appearance with a thick creamy head. It’s a balanced winter ale with subtle cinnamon spice throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (4140) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2013
Cask at the Magpie, deep red-brown with a clinging ivory head, appley malt and wintery cinnamon and cloves on the nose, body is dry-sweet with caramel, fruity malty and a hefty spice note that just avoids being too much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (9421) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Cask at Ericht Ale House, Blairgowrie. Clear amber-brown with a decent white head. Aromas of lebkuchen - cinnamon, ginger cookies, caramel sweetness. Taste has more spice and caramel. Finishes warm, if a bit thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ Elm Tree, 16a Orchard Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England CB1 1JT.

ABV: 4.3%. Clear medium to dark brown - red amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, malt, spicy, cinnamon, christmas spices - nutmeg - clove - cardamom. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet with a long duration, artificial, spicy, christmas spices. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130119]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2013
Draught (Elm Tree, Cambridge) at 4.5%
Christmas spice aroma - mince pies, even to the raisin and mixed peel, cinnamon, clove and all-spice. Perhaps OTT. OK, yes, it is OTT, but it does mellow after a few sips. Sweet. Almost becomes actually mellow. Good non-frightening christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mike_77 (5398) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
Red brown colour. Flavour has warming winter spices including cinnamon. Smooth and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (6952) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2012
Deep brown colour with a creamy tan head. Fruity and spicy (cinnamon) aroma. Medium body and a creamy texture. Moderate sweet. Nice rich but well balanced spicy and fruity flavour. Cinnamon the most dominating.
[Handpull at The Ship Tavern in London, England]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppybreweruk (33) - WALES - DEC 24, 2012
Out of most of the Christmas beers i have tried to date this one really shines. Most beers fail to resemble anything of Christmas. This beer has a nice creamy one finger head. The beer in a nice mid brown colour. The aroma failed to come through at first but after pulling the head back a little the aroma then come through nicely. It is full of Christmas spice flavours like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. However i do think the mash temperature could be raised a little to give this beer a better mouth feel as think it is too dry for this style of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1948) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Seasonal type beer, taste is of cloves and spice and all things christmas, not bad

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