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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (569) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2016
On tap sample from HO1K. Pours a deep caramel brown with a thin off white ring. Aroma of sweet malt whiskey. Semi-sweet fruity flavor with a hint of whiskey without the burn. Fairly smooth and feels a little watered down. Hides the alcohol well. Pretty enjoyable but just a little muted on the flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (2115) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 28, 2015
Draught @ Albion. Clear amber red color with small foamy beige head, caramel aroma, sweetish caramel taste with vanilla like flavor, medium carbonation, long caramel finish. Smooth but a it too sticky sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
N3lson1 (930) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Drank from a pint glass, poured from a 64 ounce growler. Sweet aroma, sweet taste good abv, good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (350) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 Aroma of sweet honey and cherries. Cherry flavor is somewhat syrupy in flavor, honey impacts the palate more than the flavor. Mouthfeel also has a syrupy quality. Better winter beer than those spiced ales but still not amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2015
bottle from at least two years ago. Deep golden orange with small head. Big boozy body, reminds me a bit of an old ale. Cherry flavor comes through nicely. Warming, and not too harsh. A sipper, but very nice winter beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hiledd (70) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Cinnamon, aroma, reddish copper, clear color, cherries, honey, and malty flavor, strong alcohol finish, medium body, unique holiday sippin ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (746) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Aroma: caramel, alcohol, cherries, dark fruits, yeast Appearance: clear medium amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, cherries and spices Palate: medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish, Delicious

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3311) - New York, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Tap at stags head came for 4.5% IPA but that was kicked so grabbed this big fella. Red pour small head pretty. Nose is medicinal cherries. Tastes of cherries, honey, medicine, sweet malt, candy some Christmas spice. Semi sweet non sticky. Booze is hidden. Clean palate touch too medicine on finish though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (508) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Faint clove aroma with a gingerbread body raisins and plums finish is oaky.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sirmixsomewhat (188) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Mad Elf is now my favorite winter beer, as it does so much more to stand apart from the rest of the winter ale lineup than anything else I’ve had does. It smells like cherry and honey, which are both included in the brewing (read the label!) and it has a spicy sweetness that feels great on the tongue.


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