popkow (290) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Elf into Pint with minimal head. Tanish red color with a bad elf alcohol aroma emanating from the North Pole. The alcohol led this sleigh to the sink drain as it was not worth suffering through.
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a sparse head. Taste is very sweet, palate has medium bitters, a medium to full body and soft carbonation. Aroma has tokaj, molasses, warming alcohol. Although high alcohol is very well hidden, the sweetness is a bit overpowering.
Doghair (268) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice red color with white foam. Lots of caramel and malt in the aroma. Taste is sweet and cloying. Fruity with a finish I canít describe. It makes you want to rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Minimal to no carbonation. I really didnít enjoy this beer.
thehurt01 (262) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 11.2 oz bottle. The high alc/vol makes the need of a made on date pointless. The beer poured a deep red with a fizzy cream head. a light citrus smell. The taste is so smooth with a light sweetness. Little lacing with good carbonation.
mensch (259) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprisingly light colored and white head. Aroma is lightly fruity with some sherry notes and plenty of esters and maybe higher alcolhols. Not entirely unpleasant. The flavor is mostly alcohol, with some sharp metallic notes.
Stoned99 (228) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Appleís in caramel, cherries, alcohol. App: clear copper with small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, oily medium to high sweetness. Soft carbonation. Sweet alcohol finish. Overall: we definitely can feel the alcohol on itís way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz Bottle: Nice reddish copper body, no head. Alcohol on the first whiff, some dark fruit hanging around. Has a syrupy feel, coats the tongue. Dark fruits, alcohol, tastes mirrors the aroma.
MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I canít believe the low ratings on this beer. A full flavored barely wine, not too thick, and a very nice kick. This has to be my favorite beer of the 2008 Holiday season. And I am so glad I still have a few bottles! Tasted rom the bottle @ 70F.
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ SBWF
Notes of dried fruits, mostely raisins, but itís quite weak in flavor and there is a hint of skunk which doesnít do it justice. Well...
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden-amber color. Small but persistent head. Nice lace down the glass. Aroma is malty, caramelly, with notes of licorice and hints of soft alcohol. Flavor is a very nice malt sweetness, with significant licorice liquor character. Very sweet, but not cloying. Aftertaste is pleasant sweetness, but balanced by the dryness of the alcohol. By far the best of the Elf series!