Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t know what it is but I’m not a fan of this elf series. Poured amber with white head. Aroma of spice and fruit. Some cherry and cinnamon flavor. Harsh finish.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a thin white ring of bubbles. Smells fruity and spicy with some dry malty presence. Tastes sweet and breaddy with some nice spicy elements as the beer warms. A definite keeper.
KornDogg (537) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity, dry spice flavor, yet very smooth... wish they would have came out with a 2008 batch... i really hope they try to push this as much as the mad elf... could be a new big seller....
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Swing-top hand-bottle from MrBendo - thanks, Todd! Man, talk about going above and beyond to hook a trader up. Very impressive copper/garnet color on the pour, with faint carbonation (not still, but just a hint). Very dry yeasty aroma to the fore, with the fruits and malts in the background. Some aromatic stuff like coriander happening in there a bit, with the faintest spice kick, but a slightly too watery finish. Solid stuff, but it’s almost like the beer is reticent about its own personality.
Outchillen (29) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper color with small white head, alot like mad elf but not over flavored, very smooth and a great sipping beer, a nice finish that makes you want more. one of my favorite seasonals
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with a fluffy white head. Aroma of spice and fruit. Mostly belgian fruit flavors to start with some pine mixed in. Finished with some cherries and spice.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
served from the tap in a brandy snifter @ Capone’s in PA (from 2/7/08)
A: A clear rusted amber/copper with a thin white wispy head that quickly diminishes and leaves no lacing at all. Looks like a refreshing glass of iced tea.
S: And speaking of tea...I detect sweet tea leaves and a nice earthy undertone, to go along with an obvious honey note. Slightly medicinal, and very fruity from the yeast.
T/M: Honey right off the bat, had a slight metallic aftertaste when it was too cold, became much more sweet & fruity (mostly bananas) as it warmed in the glass. There were still faint traces of cherry flavors in this beer, and a very thin, almost flat mouthfeel didn’t take away from my enjoyment.
D: I couldn’t believe that this was 9% ABV, it was incredibly smooth and super-drinkable. Too bad it’s so rare and hard to get, glad I had some though.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Capones - Paler golden color with a medium white head. Aroma has quite a bit of candy sweetness with some citrus, honey, and spice. Flavor has alot of tripel-ey candi sugar present with some solid orange and sweet bready goodness. Good tripel, just not knock your socks off kind of stuff. I think I would still prefer a regular mad elf, but only when in an extremely fruity mood.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting @ Capone’s: This brew was one of our favorites. The pour was an amber color with not a lot of head. The aroma was that of a sweet malt. The flavor was great, very smooth. Had a hint of apples and other fruit...but just a small hint. Overall, a great beer.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s poured a bright golden color with an inch of white head into the snifter. The scent was very spicey with notes of honey, orange peel, corriander and some hops. A rush of malt and yeast to back of the mouth are countered by a honey sweetness in the finish. A nice beer, one I will try again.