Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
"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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nybol (2347) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2017
En kraftig øl der har en stor maltet sødme. Jeg har fået den til ost hvilket den passer godt til da den tager den skarpe smag fra osten.

brandon1989 (692) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2017
To be fair my bottle is a few years old 2-3. The beer pours a very hazy copper color with an extremely thin off white head that dissipated within a minute. The aroma is brown bread, alcohol, spices, some faint hints of caramel, and yeast. The flavor is caramel, brown bread, spices, some alcohol, and not much hop presence at all. The mouthfeel is medium. Not really a big fan of this beer.

blackisle (2815) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2017
Bottle 50cl. poured into a pint glass. Clear pale amber, tall frothy off-white head, good retention and lacing; aroma toasted malts, caramel, yeast, spicy notes; taste light heavy sweet and medium bitter, malty, toffee, spices and herbs; sweetbitter aftertaste, malty, alcohol, herbal notes, very dry on the finish; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; decent strong ale.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Sampled on draft at Vintage Estate this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a large creamy off white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy with sugar and mixed fruit jelly. The flavor was mixed fruit jelly, sugar and a bit of yeast. Medium length finish. Medium body. Pretty tasty.

fiveacestx (974) - Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Deep gold yellow with a small head. Grainy and metallic. Thin body. A forgettable beer.

Marduk (8401) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear amber color. Huge size, thick yellowish-beige head, stays. Grainy, some herbal hops, sweetish and some caramel in aroma. Sweet, grainy, dusty hops, honey in taste. Alcohol is surprisingly well covered. Nice medium body. Medium hoppy bitterness. Perhaps tad too sweet for me.

wombat23 (1784) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Shared 50cl bottle. Pours clear gold with a white head. Malty aroma.Taste is malt, bread and earth. Bitter English hop finish.

darbeer75 (991) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Aroma: malty with a tinge of something else that I can’t place; Appearance: clear amber pour with thin white head that lingers; Taste: lots of malt but not as bad as expected; Palate: medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: okay but not interested in trying it again.

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2016
From World Market. Light in color than I would have guessed, slightly old bottle, strength sneaks up on you. Good not great. Serving: Bottle

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle from World Food Market. Bold golden body with medium head. Nose is alcy, caramel, malts. Taste of malts, caramel, brown sugar, spices. Okay. Warming finish.

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