koleminer20 (874) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. The pour is a dark brown/black like the other 4 Elf offerings. There is a nice eggshell colored head and no lace. The aroma has a lot of booze and a sweetness. The spices are a little more pronounced here compared to the rum barrel. The flavor is a little more of a sweet booze than I was expecting. The barrel adds a little vanilla on the spiciness, but it's really laid back. The mouth feel is thinner, with a strong lack of carbonation and a light coating of the palate. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a touch of spiciness and it disappears quickly. Not too bad.
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nimbleprop (5498) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours an oily, translucent black with some lacing, eggshell head. Nose is interesting, some toasted wood, some juniper, a little witch hazel, some mild spice, a little cream soda, licorice, some spearmint. Flavor follows, very minty, tarragon, ,birch beer, licorice, herbs, candlewax. I swear to God there’s a heavy witch hazel thing happening. One of the stranger drinking experiences I’ve had in a while... but it wasn’t bad.
IndianaRed (2738) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by BuckeyeBoy and his posse clear redish brown with a tan ring. Nice aromas of light brown sugar and oak with a touch of booze. Coleen fun body and a little holiday spice. Dusty musty finish.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. 2013. Many thanks, Sean, for all of the fantastic beers over the past eight years. I’ve been so fortunate to be exposed to so many beers I would have otherwise not had the opportunity to try. Your generosity has been unparalleled. Musky ginger and cinnamon nose, cornered with a bit of booze. This comes across really well. Brassy ginger, muddled christmas spice, perky oak, festive dark malts, and a bit of age marry everything together. It’s a a beast, but it’s not too hot, nor too sweet. This will probably be one of the last, if not the last, malty beer I ever rate. Thanks to all who have made this a fun 10 year beer journey. I’ve learned a lot from the community and those I’ve shared beers and knowledge with along the way. Cheers!
malkyore (268) - - DEC 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It does actually taste like Christmas! A lot of spices and junk in this one. But they’re not fake tasting and distracting like they are in most beers. This is my favorite Christmas beer
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a thin light brown with a thin white head. Soft wood, toast and caramel. Medium bodied caramel and toffee. Long warm caramel.
vtafro (4426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber pour with some head. Brandy, spice, nutmeg, some sweet malt aromas. Flavor are sweet, but the barrel balances some of it.
jtclockwork (10313) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose and taste of brandy, oak, dark fruit, nutmeg, christmas spices and caramel - medium body.
AdamJackson (3370) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra in a trade, vintage 2013 Murky fig juice, almost totally black in the glass. Very little head was formed. Truthfully, this smells like a peppery nutmeg dish-soap. Taste is pretty rough. Has an eggnog viscosity including eggnog like flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and yes, brandy. Sweet at the start, malty finish. Couldn’t drink more than a bottle.
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong brandy, oak, and roast. Thin mouthfeel with nice roast, light sweet brandy, oak and spicy finish. Very good.