coolpop (1304) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Poured a dark amber with a medium-sized light tan head. Aroma was bananas, some cherries, caramel. Flavor was lots of bananas, light spice and cherries, some caramel and toffee, honey. Thick mouthfeel. Quite boozy.
wadams4 (6) - Goshen, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a must have holiday beer! It has a ruby red pour and the taste of tangy cherries and honey. At 11%, it is certainly not sessionable, but that's one of the only downsides of this ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tcane7 (1366) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber with virtually no head. Nose dark fruits, dried cherries, figs. Taste of cherries, honey, figs. The abv is well hidden. Used to love this but it doesn’t seem quite as impressive any more.
drfabulous (3398) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to Michelle. Cherry and sweet. Spices but not overtly spiced. Honey. I wouldn’t have guessed 11%
redtechnj (175) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance- Hazy orange/cranberry with a thick fluffy tan head. Average lace
Aroma- Sweet, fruity, yeasty, Slight cherry scent.
Flavor- Spicy like a trippel with a slight tartness, smooth, yeasty, sweet honey finish. It’s very high in alcohol but doesn’t taste it.
ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 12 oz. bottle filled my goblet glass with a copper red body and a handsome tan collar, but the head disappeared quickly and left little discernable lacing. The aroma is bold--sweet and malty--and features the advertised dark cherry and Christmas spice. There’s a good deal of alcohol in the nose as well. This ale starts out quite sweet, but I found the medium-body a bit surprising for a seasonal offering of this type. The Pilsner and Munich malts definitely lighten the character of this beer. Strong cherry flavors form the backbone of the mid-palate flavor profile, but an unmistakable clove and cinnamon spiciness rounds things out in the lead up to the long dry finish. The 11 percent ABV lends a lingering alcohol character. A nice Christmas beer.
magsinva (827) - Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at capital ale house downtown Richmond - how have I never reviewed this beer??? Anyway, pours a glorious clear red with a tan head, aroma is cherries, honey, malt, and holiday spice goodness. Taste is sweet. Palate is sticky and develops a pleasant warmth as it warms. For me it’s not the holidays without a mad elf.
jantonius (8) - USA - JAN 1, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Never really enjoyed Troegs Mad Elf, but the 2012 Mad Elf really has a nice balance of cherries, honey and spice. It was also great mixed with Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat, which was an option at Chap’s Taproom in East Norriton, PA.
keanex (1145) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 2012 Vintage
Appearance: The body is a clear mahogany with red hues through it, the head is only there immediately after the pour with a thin tan coating, the coating goes away quick but leaves a thin ring with some bubbles through it.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of banana with some medicinal notes and a slight cloves spice, a bit sweet, not much else.
Taste: The beer is a bit boring, just a sweet malty body with banana throughout with slight spicy cloves on the finish. This is bland and not worth seeking out..
Palate: The body is thick and syrupy, a bit oily, with some prickling carbonation in it.
Overall: Why are people seeking this out left and right? I can’t imagine anyone actually loves this, rather they think they should because everyone is talking about it. This is nothing different from other high ABV highly fermented Belgian yeast beers. I have 4 more to age and see how they turn out, but I’m expecting very little.
Cellar Review: 2012 Vintage, approximately 7 months old.
Appearance: The body is clear with a beautiful garnet hue, the head is thin and short lived, settling into a frothy tan ring with a sparse coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of medicinal cherry with sweet honey.
Taste: Sweet cherries are right away on the intro and are prominent throughout the sip, honey is layered throughout creating more sweetness as a clove presence comes in towards the end of the sip and makes the cherry seem medicinal.
Palate: Medium bodied, oily texture, with light carbonation.
Overall: This has benefited greatly from aging, it’s not a medicinal mess, though it still has a strong medicinal presence. The honey is more prominent and this is much more drinkable.
Rating: Ap: 4, Ar: 3.5, Ta: 3.5, Pa: 4, Ov: 14
elad (12) - - DEC 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite holiday beer! Great flavor starts off with a alcohol cherry flavor with a honey finish! Love this beer!