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RATINGS: 1084   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (556) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2007 Like a few others, I would not have guessed the abv from the beer’s taste. I drank 2 of them quicly after mowing the lawn, and after wondering what kicked me, I looked it up. I just knocked back 4 beers worth of alcohol in 10 minutes. Yoo hoo, I ran out in the street looking for some mischief. Beer has quite a complex flavor with the cherries predominant, but not so strong that you feel like you’re drinking cough syrup. Definitely a few cases will be stored for long winter nights sitting in front of a fire. I haven’t enjoyed the versions from 06 or 05 quite as much as the earlier release(s). A shame, I liked this a lot wen it first was released.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rballs01 (280) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
This winter brew has some impact when it is released. The color is impressive. It pours a brilliant cherry/orange. Glows in its glass. Smells of sweet honey. Definitly packs a punch. Warms the insides with every sip. The mouthfeel is rather syrupy. This beer should be sipped and savored. Drink a stocking full of this Elf elixer and you’ll swear you had a conversation with Santa’s refection in the toilet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanman723 (5) - USA - AUG 18, 2005 does not count
Red color, smells like a chocalate covered cherry. I tried it when I did not know the ABV. Midway through the second one, I looked it up. Couldn’t believe it. I bought 3 cases of this and made gidts of sixpacks to some friends. All loved it. Get the glass!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Mad Elf was the better than most of this category I’ve sampled. Its definitely spicy. Solid flavor and a better than average beer. Thats a compliment because Dogfish has been the only one I’ve really enjoyed. Worth buying and passing this one around to your friends who are looking for a very interesting beer they’d probably not try unless you coaxed them into.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle, think it was 03. Red and brown hazy pour. Sweet spiced aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg. Some cherry but not a whole lot - guess that’s cause of its age. Sweet candied fruit flavors - much more cherry here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 pours a bronze like reddish color, opague with a small compact head, aromas of sweetness and cherries, taste is also sweet and cherrylike with some carbonation, and it is absolutely smooth, i had to do a double take when i read it was 11% because this tasted all of about 6 it was so smooth, i absolutely love this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2005
2003 Bottle from Dorwart. Ever wonder why there’s so few sweet-cherry, high alcohol beers on the market (krieks not included)? Because of the robitussin factor. Obviously when you pop the top on this, the cherries overwhelm the room. It looks absolutely gorgeous in a tulip glass. Mostly bright red, but when you shine the light on it, it becomes deep amber. Back to the aroma ... Let this one sit for a few seconds before drinking it. As it warms up a bit, the aroma becomes very familiar ... cherry and alcohol ... cough syrup! I didn’t really get much chocolate out of this one, mostly cherry, some corriander and clove and the alcohol tingle built as the glass emptied until it turned to a full-blown tongue number by the end of the glass. Like most cherry induced beer, this one has a dry, tart finish, but not too much so. It gets pretty funky right around room temperature, but that was my own damn fault for answering the phone, and it won’t be penalized. All in all, it’s makes a pretty good holiday ale. Maybe add a few more spices and it’d be a great winter warmer. Thanks Dorwart!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Great brew until the finish, which was just a little too much like socks. Cherry and other fruit in the nose. A nice reddish amber, minimal head. Lots of flavor interplay in the mouth with the noted fruit and chocolate. Warming but the alcohol is well hidden making this a wee dangerous. Pretty unique and that’s saying something these days.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1266) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 An incredible drink. Has an amazing taste of a chocolate/cherry mixture. You’d never know it was 11% by its taste. Goes down very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
from the bottle. poured a nice amber, with no head. aroma, at 1st I got a sourness when it was 1st poured thanafter it sat for a couple of minutes the sourness went away, got honey, malts, cherries, chocolate, yeast, alcohol. flavor, tart cherries, fruits, orange, choclate, and a nice touch of alcohol not tobad of a beer.


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