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? 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4707) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Joey is right The Ridgeway Bad Elf Winters Ale Bad Elf had some major issues!
The yeast went into secondary and WAY over carbonated the beer, also leaving a sour apple infection of sort, and once that cap came off beer literally exploded out of the bottle exploded like I had to take a shower and change clothing, right after I poured the beer down the drain and moped my floor walls and ceiling!

Ok, on the VERY Bad Elf!
pours a nice copper body and a tall ivory head. The aroma and flavor are filled with what seem to be cheap grains, overly sweet with caramel and a butterscotch. The hops were so grassy and mild that there was nothing to keep the barley in check. The palate was a bit thin everything basically fell apart in the glass.
But thats all OK by me, it was all acceptable because its just arrogant like that...and... well. Go da Hell!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Courtesy of Matta. <P> I had to kill the regular Bad Elf Matt gave me after it attacked and tried to drown me in foam. That beer was scary it literally reached out of the bottle for me. <P> This beer has a mildly fruity malt tinged aroma. Tea colored with a safe pinky thin, mostly fading, white head. Flavor is honey laden with a watery fore and finishing notes of bitter hops and stale fruit and bread. Manages to be both bland and offensive. That is not easy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2771) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2006
A big step down from the regular bad elf, IMO. Lacking a blast of hops, this beer features a toasted malt character, with rounded sweetness that is a little cloying. Hops manifest in a somewhat dirty fashion, being somewhat earthy and showing dirty ashtray. Reminds me in some ways of Fat Tire, but with a bigger malt presence. The finish equally unpleasant, with a stinging palate featuring burnt dry toast and cigarette ash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Poured an effervescent amber with a small fizzy off-white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, bubble gum, grapes, a bit of alcohol. Taste is lightly sweet bubble gum, cinnamon, cough medicine, alcohol and a touch of bitter grass hops. Thin fizzy body. Bit of toffee and bananas in the finish. Sort of feels like the alcohol was squeezed into this one, as it doesnt seem like the flavor profile could hold up to it.

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