Brewed at Hepworth

Style: English Strong Ale
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 384   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
From the bottle, pours a clear reddish golden with a resilient white head. Corny aroma. Taste is mostly malty, a hint of holiday spices but mostly corny malty. Fairly smooth. Ok beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fiveacestx (952) - Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Deep gold yellow with a small head. Grainy and metallic. Thin body. A forgettable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6876) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear amber color. Huge size, thick yellowish-beige head, stays. Grainy, some herbal hops, sweetish and some caramel in aroma. Sweet, grainy, dusty hops, honey in taste. Alcohol is surprisingly well covered. Nice medium body. Medium hoppy bitterness. Perhaps tad too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (1076) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Shared 50cl bottle. Pours clear gold with a white head. Malty aroma.Taste is malt, bread and earth. Bitter English hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (754) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Aroma: malty with a tinge of something else that I cant place; Appearance: clear amber pour with thin white head that lingers; Taste: lots of malt but not as bad as expected; Palate: medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: okay but not interested in trying it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2016
From World Market. Light in color than I would have guessed, slightly old bottle, strength sneaks up on you. Good not great. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle from World Food Market. Bold golden body with medium head. Nose is alcy, caramel, malts. Taste of malts, caramel, brown sugar, spices. Okay. Warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6359) - Coxs 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_queue (122) - 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; itll give you a bit of warmth, but not so high that itll be a punch in the face. Its certainly easy to drink, but I wouldnt have more than one bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (2398) - 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 its so sweet. It could have supported much more hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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

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