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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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3.3
Patrickctenchi (6586) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle: Pours clear amber with a small, soapy, off-white head. Fruity, grainy aroma. Apple, grain malt, toffee malt flavour. A very mild alcohol/grainy bitter. Pleasant.

3.8
beer_queue (140) - California, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Appearance: Transparent, dark amber; medium white head that thins out quickly leaving a tiny bit of lace. Nose: Almonds, peanuts, raisins, apples, wheat bread, and light hops. A little bit of a cinnamon & maple syrup come through once the beer is warmed up. Taste: The grains appear up front with a creamy/buttery note. The sweets develop quickly and then gradually fade out beautifully into a soft, bitter hop finish. Once warm, the creaminess & hop flavors are more apparent. Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, very dry on the finish. Overall: The ABV is a good average; it’ll give you a bit of warmth, but not so high that it’ll be a punch in the face. It’s certainly easy to drink, but I wouldn’t have more than one bottle.

2.9
Block (2722) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Amber pour, thin white head. Aroma is sweet, grass, straw. Flavor is light, medium body. Mostly sweet with just a little bit of hops. Alcohol is masked. It takes a hit in my book because it’s so sweet. It could have supported much more hops.

3
airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Appearance: very clear golden almost amber color, pours with a large beige head, Aroma: faint caramel, nuts, maybe hints of smoke Taste: very nutty, smokey caramel malt sweetness, just enough hops to balance the sweetness Palate: average carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste, light mouthfeel Overall: basically a nice amber beer, has a pronounced nutty flavor, pretty good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
madchemist83 (272) - USA - NOV 21, 2015
Toffee, bread, caramel, fruitcake in the aroma. Clear copper with small white head. Nice malty taste balanced with mild hops. Needs more body. Too bitter, astrigent. Okay beer. Nothing exciting.

3.5
superspak (5584) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2015
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2011. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, plum, pear, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light fruits, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/silky/buttery mouthfeel that is okay. Feels too thin for an English ale of this ABV. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid English strong ale style. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

2.5
MisoW (3569) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle, pours golden color, white head. Aroma of malty, citrusy, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, malty, citrusy, sugary, caramel.

2.4
GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle: nothing to write home about. has some nice fruity hops and a balanced sweet malty body. Nothing that I can really say about this other than "meh".

1.9
malrubius (2895) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle as gift. Orange gold with ring and lace. Butterscotch and rubbing alcohol aroma. Butterscotch honey peach syrup with herbal bitterness. Fairly full thick body. Fine carbo. Lingering butterscotch rubbing alcohol. Pretty fucking gross. Can’t imagine anyone drinking this by choice.

3
geologyguy (1602) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Smell is a mix between malty dark fruits and light citrus hops, appearance is slightly cloudy, taste is heavier on hops than malt..60-40 citrus and sweet malt, unique mix, both bold and flavorful... Wish it was a touch less hoppy and maybe and even smaller margin of less sweet


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