Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 386   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? Whats next? Seriously Bad Elf, Ill 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. Eres to your elf!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - NOV 17, 2006
Nothing great here. Typical English ale, ramped up slightly. Nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tranquillity (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottled in a.. nice bottle. Love ros-red brown colour. Very perfumy nose. A bit too sweet and perfumy in the taste as well. A bit nutty in taste, almost discustingly sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17042) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
Bottled. Copper brown, bronze color, small creamy white head. Aroma of leather, just like in "Lump of Coal" - propably hops that is. Also a bit grassy, alcoholic. Full bodied, grassy hoppy, pale malts as description says, bitterness with some alcohol. Long bitter aftertaste. Toffeish palate. Like the mix of strong bitter and Scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26386) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 3, 2006
Bottled. Orangeish golden colour, small beige head, lacing. Aroma is hops, caramel and earth. Flavour is spices, caramel, toffee, fruity hops and even a bit candy sugarish. Hides its alcohol well. Smooth and easy to drink. Also a lot of banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2006
(Bottled) Clear copper color with a small, bubbly head. Intense, toffee-malty, strong, honey-sweetish, slightly grainy-alcoholic aroma. Much like a strong Scotch Ale. Aromatic-hoppy, sweetish, toffeeish, grainy-malty flavor. Quite full-bodied, smooth, slicky-syrupy, somewhat warming-alcoholic palate with low carbonation. Yes, its sweetish and straightforward - but also smooth, warming and quite enjoyable. Way better than the Warm Welcome (with about the same score here). I like the smooth Scotch Ale feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pours wtih an amber body topped by a thin head with a little lacing. Its slightly sweet and toffeeish with a slight bitterness with grassy notes. Medium bodied and smooth. Rather boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
From a 500ml. narrow neck brown bottle with a blurb on the left back side of label, no bottled/freshness date. Made a decent appearance, poured a clear reddish copper with a soapy, foamy white head that settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation. Had a lemon tropical fruity nose with a little earthiness and caramelized maltiness at the edges. A crisp, buttery smooth mouth feel, good drinkability. Caramelized malty and lemony tropical fruity hop taste with a little leafy earthy bitterness as well, a nice smooth butteriness towards the end and a dryish hop bitter and caramel malty finish, a mild earthiness lingering the palate. A good English Pale Ale from Ridgeway, tasty and balanced, a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2006
Same beer as bad elf and IPA but even stronger. Heavy taste of alcohol and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
a light off brown color w/ a tiny white head and some light viz carb. smell is some light grains touches of sweet carmel and maybe a bit of apple. Palate is highly carbonated fairly decent body. Flavor is very sweet kinda bland some carmel and some odd grains. Not very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Clear brew kind of amber dark gold. Nose is nothing,a little caramel and a touch of fruit could even be some spice. This is just a pretty lousy brew.

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