stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Jayb0 (1052) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Nejhleader (1266) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rajendra82 (960) - 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.