3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at McGrath’s in Harrisburg. Mostly clear amber and ruby orange color with some shades of color that are close to pink. Sweet candy sugar nose, notes of red apple skins and white grapes. Tingly and effervescent on the tongue, sharp with medium to heavy sweetness, but just under the level of cloying. Light body, with a mild spice flavor, clean all around, low yeast presence. I’m not so big on tripels these days, but this one is tasty enough, with more of a fruit cocktail hop flavor than most, but I would like to see some more dryness and less sweetness. Finishes with a pineapple and white grape note.
Beerman6686 (3546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m sure many people are going to put this down because of the story behind it, but i think its an outstanding beer. It is exactly what it is supposed to taste like: Mad Elf without honey and cherries and is just as great as its larger counter part
bp (757) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Monks: Pours a dark orangish color, aroma of bananas, somewhat fruity taste but not as much flavor as I was expecting, it’s pretty nice but not spectacular.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2010 On tap at Monk’s. Clear dark orange color with a medium head. Tasted bananas, cloves, brown sugar and dark fruit. Wow, very tasty and fruity; actually, it stands up on it’s own against the Mad Elf. Toffee sweet finish. Fine brew.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Reddish amber pour; no foam. Initially very quiet aroma of bubblegum, pear, and banana. With warmth, dark hints of cardamom and cinnamon, developing a bit of burnt honey crust. Taste shows more banana and sweet gum, crisp red apples, and an awesome, subtle coating of dark candy sugar, like plum. Medicinal sentiment slowly intensifies but doesn’t overpower. There’s a burn of leafy spice before the finish, very dark, almost anise. Dry fruit skin finish. Medium bodied, with reserved carbonation. The herbal qualities are very pleasant in this surprising, well-rounded example.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at McGrath’s. Good malty tang and light fruity hops. Hefty sugary aroma with a bit of yeasty esters. Copper amber clear with little head Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with fruity malt and candi sugar. Light honey notes (yet I know there isn’t any honey) before mild bittering hoppy finish. Smooth with a medium sweet tang in the after.
TURDFERGUSON (3742) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore pre Red Sox-Orioles. The bartender told me this was a quad--oh well. Aroma is full of fruit-mainly bananas, also some bubblegum (this is the first time I have picked up on this), and some belgian yeast and spices. Flavor is full and continues with the fruit, spices, and adds a little brown sugar. Alcohol is well controlled. I enjoyed this one.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at River St. Ale House and the yeasty kick is here with some bubblegum sweetness, spices and a slight alcoholic presence that becomes known despite the fact its only 6.8%.This one is tasty even though its stripped down. I found it enjoyable but do like the flavorings added to the Mad version. It seems a bit boring unless you just relax and enjoy the semi-dry palate and fruits going on here. Is this better bottled?
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2007
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Draft at Mad Mex Robinson, 8/16/07. It looks good, nice golden color, almost no head though. That’s where it stops. Aroma is a wonderful mix of bandaids and spearmint chewing tobacco. Quite possibly the most over the top blatant beat you over the head phenolic mess I’ve ever had. Flavor is more bandaids, more minty tobacco and a wonderful alcohol burn. The most mouthwash like beer I’ve ever had.
Rballs01 (277) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. Enjoyed this at Circa in High Bridge. Mad Elf minus the cherry and honey. A great balance and very drinkable. Full flavored and unique. A great idea with a most satisfying outcome. Great with pasta and maple syrup.