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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kevin (2193) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2005
tan copper pour with a thick cream head that shrinks away. aroma is off, latex glove, powder, and rough sour cherry. bitter almond flavor with some flat strawberry soda notes. finish is like sucking on a nickel. this is an unpleasant experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2005
has a nice golden red color to it. has a little fruit flavor to it and fiishes smooth as well the elf was worth it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 14, 2005
There is a light malty aroma with some hop background. The color is a rich golden with a tan head that is short lasting. The taste is slightly malty but with a bit of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (12247) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Sample from WFM. These holiday-gimmick beers always seem to be below average and this is no exception. Clear reddish amber with a thin off-white head and minimal lacing. The aroma is vaguely sweet malt and caramel. Medium bodied and a little watery with malt and fruit flavors. Some bitterness as well but it is distracting more than anything. The finish is metallic and lightly bitter. Not worth going back to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Poured a copper color with a white head. Aroma of sweet fruity malt. Mostly apple with a little spice and flower. Flavor is predominantly sweet malt with a light bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Reminded me of some of TIJs offerings. So there is a banana nose with a slight bitterness in the taste with a slight cheesiness. The bitterness is slightly more bitter than its Dutch counterparts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Amber. Small, bubbly, white head. Malt, hops, dried fruit, and an unidentifiable sweetness in the nose. Similar to a belgian style. Same flavor as the nose. Excellent malt/hop balance. Roasty aftertaste. Medium/full body. Much better than the 2.98 average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2005
Bottle: Nice depper amber hue with an initial big frothy somewhat off-white head which settles to a small ring and better than average lace. The aroma has hints of berry, apple and plum layering a malting and mild phenolic base. Very floral and aromatic with just a note of cardboard. The taste starts slightly malty and end slightly bitter, but in between it falls flat on its face. How can a "special ale" and something with 7.5 ABV be soooooo boring? Not bad per say but just so blah. Damn it all anyway. Ill just stop now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5942) - Fredonia, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized light brown colored head of mostly diminishing fine to medium sized bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent light orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained notes of nutmeg mild hops and caramel malt. The mouth feel was tingly malty hoppy and had a mild caramel note to it with a good balance of flavors. It was very tasty with a nice malt hop bite at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4921) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Bottle. Small ivory head that was mostly lasting, fine-large sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, sweet, hoppy, some caramel, and fruity. Flavor was sweet, hoppy, malty, and slightly bitter. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Easy drinking brew.

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