Bulk_Carrier (2434) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahh, the good ol’ Mad Elf.
This was poured into the Mad Elf tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking red to somewhat hazy looking purple glossed over sort of look. There was some light lacing sliding down the glass.
The smell had some sweet cherries, light tart cherries, light cocoa, light honey and backed up by a light chocolate malt.
The taste was sweet and somewhat spicy with a light clove-like flavoring underneath it all.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fa decent sessionable aspect trying to make me drink more but there’s a part of me knowing that this wants me to sip. The carbonation finishes somewhat dry and crisp.
Overall, this was a nice beer always well worthy of coming back to during the holidays. Now if only I can get Troeg’s to distribute to Alaska.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"What an interesting beer this was. I see the BSA designation, but the belgian yeast was pretty subtle. The aroma was sweet cherry, honey and booze, and the flavor was equal parts cherry, honey, brown sugar and yeasty spice. Nice unique holiday offering. Trade via Ggrumet. Woulda been higher if the Giants won at home :)"
tricyclist (985) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Split bottle. Beautiful pour medium amber golden, light head. Nose is smooth malt, caramel notes and deeper fruit, cherry and some berry notes. Flavor has mild alcohol presence but not too bad for 11%. Caramel and deeper sugars paired with deeper fruits, mild spicing, but not enough to make you think it’s Belgian (which I thought it was before research). Really drinkable and enjoyable, even at 11%. Nicely done.
kathouse (1182) - Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy ruby color with no head except the pour. Toasted bread and dark red fruit aromas. Flavor is a little tart but not wild or sour. Fruit and bread leave the palate slightly sweet. Nice finish.
rayaron (486) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml. Thanks zvsn! Clear copper with small off-white head. Cherry aroma, and more cherry, some onion notes, malty, toffee, candy, sweet and sour. Very sweet cherry flavor, as the nose, woody. Light carbonation. Full body. Sweet cherry aftertaste.
Darkmagus82 (1913) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BA transfer -
Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass
Appearance - A beautiful shimmering clear ruby color. A thin white head quickly fades to give a little bit of lacing which doesn’t last long.
Smell - Huge amount of cherries, with a bit of chocolate, honey and other dried fruits. Can pick up the booze smell after you pull your nose from the glass. Quite nice.
Taste - The sweet taste of cherries and dried fruits overwhelms initially. The alcohol taste hits in the middle and lingers with the maltiness coming in more at the tail end.
Mouthfeel - Full and lush with a nice level of carbonation for this highly potent beer.
Overall - A very nice beer. A new holiday favorite of mine!!
mstrcrwly (400) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..aroma of dark fruits,cherries,alcohol..taste of dark fruits, cherry, plum, malty..dry finish with decent bitterness..alcohol definitely present in a good way..really good.
joejames (268) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Christmas 2014-15 released on Monday this week. I’ve cellared bomber bottles from past 2 years to review in the future. 12 oz. bottle to shaker glass. Pours deep amber/red. Quick small head, lightly carbonated, very little lacing. Aroma of sour cherry, caramel, wild yeast and ether. Taste is very complex. The yeast creates a subtle sourness that keeps the sweetness of the sugars in balance. Very slight bitterness. Full bodied, sticky sweet mouth feel. Finishes with notes of burnt honey, sour cherry, toffee, candied sugar, herbs and of course booze. I limit myself to one of these guys in a day. This stuff is so dangerously good.
zvsn (825) - ISRAEL - SEP 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a small reddish head. Aroma - sweet, fruity, cherries, liqueur, candy. Taste - sweet, berries, dried fruits, alcohol, spices, medium bitterness. Med-bodied, syrupy texture.
BayouBeer76 (12) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
caramel, nuts, herb-y aroma; dark amber/brown color, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation; overall excellent christmas type ale i look forward to every year.