Wicked Elf
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #145
Ranked #32,488
3.74 | pDev: 10.16%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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mothman from Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Minneapolis downtown location. Light tan head. Caramel brown color. Caramel and Belgian yeast. Bready. Toffee. Sweet. Bananas.

Not really my style.

Feb 28, 2016
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arizcards from Arizona

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with lunch at the RB Arrowhead in Glendale yesterday afternoon. $6 for a 13 oz goblet.

Beer was served amber with a nice white head.

Nose was classic Belgian yeast esters, primarily fruity notes.

Taste was classic Belgian, lighter fruits interlaced with a light malt backbone with enough hopping to keep the brew even keeled and very drinkable.

Feel was light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this was a nice brew. Don't see to many nice Belgian beers made here in the States!

Jan 17, 2016
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rjd722 from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: On tap at RB in Bethesda, described as a dry hopped, Belgian-style dark strong ale. Has a really nice black cherry coloring, like a deep ruby, minimal lacing.

Aroma: Cherry, Belgian yeast, hops, slight caramel, and citrus.

Taste: Belgian yeast, malt, black cherry, and classic dry hop characteristics.

Feel: Slightly astringent, overly yeasty and bitter aftertaste and mouthfeel.

Still a nice winter brew.

Dec 12, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this on-tap in a goblet at the Rock Bottom in Seattle. They market it as a "Belgian Noël", so it's somewhere between a BSDA and a winter warmer.

Appearance: medium brown hue with moderate haze and a thin layer of light tan foam. I like it.

Smell: malty with a light sweet fruitiness and a little biscuit. Good, but the biscuit isn't to my taste.

Taste: sweetly malty with some light fruitiness and a definite toasty/biscuity character. Not as dark and dusty as I like my BSDAs, but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice smooth creaminess. Great!

Overall: this isn't as deep and dark as I prefer in the style, but it is still a tasty and drinkable beer.

Feb 21, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Poured an opaque, dark brown color with a very small, tan head. It smelled very malty. Not much else. Very sweet with caramel and toffee. Some spices, not much balance.

Jan 02, 2015
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NickTheGreat from Iowa

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We don’t get to RB often, but I’m always pleased with everything. The foods good, not great, and same with the beer.

L (4) – Wicked Elf is a nice dark orange/amber color. Looks inviting enough.

S (4.25) – Definitely smell the hops. Doesn’t smell especially piney or citrusey, but good.

T (4.25) – This beer tastes pretty good. Not super malty, and not much spice going on. I get more of a piney hop taste compared to the citrus ones. A nice piney hop aftertaste too. I like.

F (4) – This type of beer doesn’t have a lot to say about mouthfeel IMO. It’s light, carbed right, and not overly anything. But that’s how I want this type of beer to be.

O (4.25) – Not sure how true to the style this beer was, but it was tasty. It isn’t high IBU and it isn’t high ABV. Just a nice, pleasant beer to have with dinner. Would drink again.

Dec 19, 2014
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Not much if the "traditional" winter warmer. Kind of lacks any vanilla or spice notes. Kind of just a hoppy amber ale. Tasty in it's own right, just not what I expected.

Dec 10, 2014
Wicked Elf from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 30 ratings