Good Elf | Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC

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Brewed by:
Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-24-2003

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Welshbloke
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by half-pint at a local Wetherspoon pub, The Capitol, in Forest Hill, SE London. This beer is one of the JDW chain's 12 X'mas guest ales. Served by a handpump w/o a sparkler.

A: very dark mahogany hue, like ruby port, coming with a nice beige foam on top of a low carbonated body.
S: Goldings abound on the nose, on top of ripe aples, raisins, plum-jam, and a moderate backbone of caramelised-sugary malts.
T: upfront on the palate is plenty of dark stone-fruits (e.g. preserved prunes and raisins), then followed by sweet and sticky caramel malts with a touch of toffee and nuttiness; at the back of the palate the flow of earthy and tea-leafy Fuggles' bitterness prevails towards a wonderful finish, where bitter-sweet aftertaste from both roasted malts and hops roams freely, added with a soothingly dryish touch, like dried spices, in the very end.
M&D: almost full-bodied with a soft landing on the palate, this ESB/winter warmer gives a strong input of hops and overall balanced profile. This is one of the better offerings from Thwaites that I've tasted.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany with no head, this beer was poured very poorly by a young slip of a lass in a pub in Hammersmith, London on Boxing day evening 2006.

Christmas cake/pudding spices attacked my nose, along with sweet malts, very interesting.

The aroma carried on into the taste, a thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting from a mild, almost rich.

A very nice mild, one I will have again if our paths cross.

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Photo of JohnW
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in local Thwaites pub in my home town. This beer is only available around Christmas / New Year as a seasonal beer for the Christmas period. Fairly dark colour, looks inviting, and has a nutty slightly sweet aroma, and slightly spicy. Taste is fairly good, hint of fruity sweetness and spice, fair body and malty after-taste typical of many Christmas seasonal beers, to be served in the cooler weather. Possibly the most tasty of the Thwaites beers I have had, which is not saying much, but worth trying if you see it.

B'ham UK

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Good Elf from Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC
3.7 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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