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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England

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RATINGS: 388   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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3.7
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 27/04/08) Fruity (citrus), malty, nutty and toffee aroma. Amber colour, clear and small, white, more or less fully diminishing head with a hint of lacing. Slightly bitter, citrus fruity, malty, and nutty flavour. Medium to full-bodied and softly carbonated palate with a hint of alcohol. Very good brew! 18/11/06

2.5
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Poured a light tan color with a 1 finger white head. Has an earthy armoa. With a malty tatse.

3.4
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Not nearly as bad as some of the ratings prior- maybe the journey overseas helped a bit. Nice sweet nose of malt followed by warm malt tones on the tounge.

2.3
Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 8, 2006
50cl bottle. My second "Bad Elf" beer - I bought them all for an "Elf Vertical" (or is that not politically correct?) Anyway, amber gold pour with a small beige head. Nose on this one is malty, a touch of walnut, somewhat earthy. Caramel flavor, kinda weak, watery. Eh. So far, the Elf IS getting worse...

3.5
jgolden (9) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2006 does not count
Pretty good beer. I won’t order it again but it isn’t disappointing either. Full flavor and packs a solid punch.

2.4
Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2006
(Bottle) Pours amber/copper. Begian, spicy, earthy aroma with some fruits, ripe bananas and cheese. Pretty heavy maltyness but low hoppyness. Not so complex nose. Both stale and fresh, spicy flavour with a medium sticky malt profile. Sour-ish, salty hints. Bitter allmond in aftertaste and maybe some anise. Medium body.

3
gnoff (11144) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2006
(50 cl bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Sweet malty scent. Clear brown color, tan head. Hoppy and sweet taste, some bitterness in the finish. Medium bitterness and mouthfeel. Some alcohol is present in the flasvor as well.

3
dwyerpg (6496) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 1, 2006
An odd aroma, looks like apple cider. Taste is fairly good. Some light apple notes and a lot of mouthfeel and I mean a lot. My least favorite of the holiday 4-pack.

2.6
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2006
This one leaves me a little wanting...not nearly as good as the criminaly bad elf.Light amber/brown color,small off white head that had a decent hang time then faded to leave little behind.The aroma was mild with some malt some hints of caramel and a slight hint of spice possibly.The flavor was weak all around with some maltiness some slight hints at fruit and a bit of spice coming through as it wamrs a bit.Just does not do it for me at all.I guess it’s worth a try atleast the one time but i think there is better out there from these guys.

2.6
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 17, 2006
Nothing great here. Typical English ale, ramped up slightly. Nothing to write home about.


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