rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the cellar meat package by BA pentathlete, the Mad Elf came out deep amber red with a smallish head. The beer looked slippery, and the dissipating head left little lacing. The aroma was filled with holiday spices like nutmeg, ginger, and I could also smell orange peel. The taste was sweet and spicy with a cheerfully light body that was backed by rum like alcohol warmth. Although clearly a strong concoction, the 11% alcohol was well poised. The mouthfeel was airy and inviting. The aftertaste was a citric and sweet tang and a faint note of hop bitterness. Warmth of alcohol lingered long after the beer was gone.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep cherry red with virtually no head and quite still. Smell is of sweet malt, apples, cherries and spice.
Taste is very sweet and malty, overpoweringly so. Lots of fruit flavors in here. Apples, cherries, some citrus and just pure honey creeps up as well. Caramel flavors are evident. Hints of underlying spice and just sweet, sweet, sweet. Almost too sweet but not quite. Mouthfeel in sticky and syrupy. Wish there was a bit more taste in the finish and/or aftertaste. I was shocked to see that this brew is 11% ABV (didn’t notice that on the bottle). Incredibly smooth and drinkable for that strength! A very good winter warmer but not at the top of my wish list.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown with no head. Taste is very nice, sour cherries with some malt sweetness all hide the 11% very well. A pleasant surprise.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep ruby-copper brew with only a ring of fine carbonation foam.Nose is complex and lovely with Christmas spices: clove,and nutmeg,what could be cherries, sweet and malty.This is almost dry on the tongue.Not any where near as sweet as I thought this might turn out to be which gives the spices some room.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 27, 2005
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Very disappointing. No head, poor color, no nose, no flavor. It makes false claims of cherry, and honey and spice. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but the cherry was muted and barely made it’s way past the honey and the malt. As for the honey and the malt, a mere cat fight that sees no victor. The only thing that impressed me about the beer is that the 11% is almost invisible. It goes down like kool-aid and is about as interesting. The warmth that the alcohol provides is very inviting and nice, it would be nicer if it had some type of balancing flavor. I hate to say it but it almost reminded me of watered down cough syrup. Troegs is one of my favorite breweries and it kills me to say it, but I had to force this one down.
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this straight from the bottle. Could smell the alchol as soon as you popped the cap. Strong cherry flavor in this beer with hints of honey. Very spicey and very enjoyable.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a tasty winter brew full of spice and fruity flavor. slightly sweet with the honey flavor. alcohol flavor definitely comes through.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This copper/red ale is brewed with honey and cherries. The cherries really add a lot to the aroma while the honey shows up in the flavor. May not have a lot of spiciness but it does end with a nice warming effect. This is definately my favorite beer to relax with during the holidays.
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this at a party once, a nice beer with lots going on! I’ve got to sit down with this one and really give it some thought, but I remember lots of spice, some malt, and just a little bit of fruit flavour which works it all together quite nicely. At a room temperature this beer explodes with some great flavour.
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright reddish-orange with only a thin, wispy head, but good lacing and anice ring. Aroma is smokey and phenolic with cherry and sherry and some hops in there somewhere. Flavour sweet and alcoholic with an interesting mix of sherry and caramel malt. Bitterness comes out at the very end. Cherry seems more prominent in the aroma; also notes of banana, clove. Very sweet. Full body and warming with medium carbonation.