TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 The Mad Elf pours to a beautiful, bright, ruby red color with a nice white head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. It is really a sight to behold when looking at this beer, it just screams Drink Me!! The first thing that hits you, is the wonderful nose on this beer. Big waves of sweet malts and sour cherry aromas, marry with peppery notes of alcohol. The body in this beer is firm and slick on the tongue, with a nice sweet malty base, that is backed up with lots of big sour cherry flavor. The cherry character in this beer is fantastic, the sourness makes this beer refreshing, and plays well against the malt, traces of honey sweetness, and the smooth, dangerously drinkable body on this beer. The Mad Elf finishes with more sweet and sour cherry flavors, then ends with a warming, soothing, peppery burn.
This beer is a wonderful Winter warmer/Holiday ale that would put any beer lover in a festive spirit. The use of cherries and honey in this beer give it another dimension that makes a great beer an awesome one. It impressed the hell out of me, and in some ways reminds me much of Unibroue’s Quelque Chose, another strong Winter ale fermented with cherries. It is just perfect for the Holiday season, and is a must have beer around Christmas time.
Use some caution with this beer. You would never believe The Mad Elf is 11% abv, and with those wonderful flavors and aromas, you will want to drink more than one. Don’t make any plans if you do! It is a very strong beer, one that should be drank in moderation. This beer is the perfect winter beer to sip and savor, and a beer to relax with next to a roaring fire. It would work well with rich, chocolate deserts as well, and I’m going to try it with some fruit cake.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours red with a straw like head. Smells very fruity with some holiday spices. Taste is of cherries and some citrus. One of the strangest colored beers I’ve seen.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of kramer17801. Dirty red with minimal off-white head. Fruity sweet cherry initial aroma, with spice evident in the background. Mouthfeel chewy, almost residuel/malty in a way. Flavor much the same, very sweet cherry up front with lingering spice in the finish. Strangely enough i cannot pinpoint the spice whatsoever. Decent overall.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is pretty full bodied and very malty and fruity. I had it on tap at kazansky’s in pgh. I was totally unaware of the alcohol content, so kudos for getting me buzzed on two pints. I also remembered it tasty a little oily and grainy.
Gachupines (1061) - USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red with little to no head. Taste is almost too sweet with a fairly spicy bite to it. Slight cherry/fruit taste, but stronger taste of alcohol and malt. Somewhat cloying in the finish. Overall interesting beer, but not sure if I’d pick it up again.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to kramer17801 for the bottle. Pours clear red, with a wisp of a white head. Aroma of malt, alcohol, and cherry syrup. Flavor has some slight fruitiness, but is overpowered by flavor of grain alcohol. Texture is slightly watery. Finishes syrupy, sweet, spicy, with some nice alcohol warming. Not great, but pretty darn respectable. 11% alcohol...nice!
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed the fruity cherry flavor of this beer. The red colors looks great for the holiday season. The beer was a bit surupy esecially in the finish, but it didn’t really take away from this superb beer
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle-pours a light tan head with copper/red color. Aroma is cherry, sweet, malt. Taste follows along with clove and a bit of alcohol. Nicely done compared to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat, but still not my taste. Bottled on 10/12/05.
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to hopdog. very surprised that this was 11% when i went to open it. very strong aroma of spices, cherries, and other holiday goodies. beautiful red-orange colour with frothy head. taste is congruent to aroma. high alcohol content disguised flawlessly by pleasant flavour. a nice treat.
PhillyBeer2112 (2621) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slight butterscotch aroma is the first to arise, followed by a gingery spice note, and the faintest hint of cherry pie. Generously sweet, with a slight tart quality. Mild hints of cherries. Semi-sweet to semi-dry finish. Spice flavors show up as a lingering quality, with dried ginger, cardamom, grains of paradise, perhaps. Lightly cloudy orange-amber color.