CJfromPhilly (139) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle a rusty reddish-brown with very little head that quickly dissolved to light lacing on the top & edges. Light carbonation, just a few bubbles rising in the glass. There’s a dry maltiness/fruitiness in the aroma. Taste is initially of dry, chocolate covered cherries with malt & a touch of honey on the finish. Mouthfeel is lively & bubbly. I get pretty much NO hint of this clocking in at 11% abv, no alcohol burning or bitterness. This could sneak up & bite you if you’re not careful. Overall, a nice winter warmer, well worth the wait, and a nice addition to the holiday tradition. BTW, for those of you complaining about the price, $38.99 @ Total Wine & More in Claymont, DE. Get there anyway you can while they last!!!
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 Think big heavy cherries like large cojones. big ol cherry chocolate lozenge of love sliding down your holiday ale-ienated throat. sipping and sizzling and wondering... what’s next? anothe gulp of mad elf. sparkling, sits in the mouth firmly and assertively, four flavors holding togethe rin a critical equilibruim, never pulling too far apart, but each stating its wonderful self inside your grateful mouth.
12/21/05: Had it on Draught. It’s reddish brown, not the red fruit punch in the photo. smells like vegetable and acidic. Tastes fruity, juicy, jolly, slightly herbal. Alcohol shows through but is balanced nicely.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy orangy amber color with a small amount of fizzy white head. Aroma was slightly citrusy with some spicey yeasty undertones. Flavor was tart and fruity with a dry bitter finish. Overall, I wasnt too big of a fan.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 From Bottle, 2005
Poured a nice orangeish color with fast disapating white head. slightly sweet, slightly spiced. Smells and tastes like a belgian to me. The 11% is hidden very well amoung the fruity overtones, cherry, banana, and spices. very nice cherry/honey aftertaste. Easy to drink, like I said I was surprised that it’s 11%. This one is a nice winter warmer. Troegs is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers.
-2007 BOTTLE. Troegs Mad Elf-2007
Dark Orangish pour. Fast dissipating white head. Aroma of Caramel, Belgian yeast, and slight hints of spice. Malt, Belgian yeast, and spices in the flavor. Slightly sweet in the end as it warms up, I was able to detect the cherries in the end as it warmed. Every bit as good as last year. Medium bodied mouthfeel, easy to drink, very smooth for such a high ABV beer. Not able to notice the 11% at all.
Suttree (5579) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish gold, with a foamy head. Faint but pleasent aroma of cherries and white wine. Flavor is cherries, as one might expect, and toast. Nicely sweet, with a dryish, spicy finish. Smells better than it tastes, but still a nice brew. Thanks, Secret Santa!
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
50 bucks......FIFTY BUCKS! What the hell is going on? I don’t see, taste or smell anything in this beer, other then the 11%
hangover. Well, it did make me MAD!
Total joke. Don’t waste your money.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
for a flavored beer this is very nice. not overly flavorful but slightly hinted. a great winter treat
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an orange amber color with almost no head, a tiny white lacing that fades almost instantly. Tons of hops floating around, which seems to make this unfiltered. Aroma is a combination of sour cherries, honey and a hint of banana. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Sour cherries,honey,banana and malts are present in the taste. Taste almost like a red wine. For 11% the alcohol is very well masked. Good product by Troegs, although rather on the expensive side.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby red with a small, quickly fading off-white head. The aroma is cherry, banana, clove and a touch of honey. Smells like belguim yeast to me. The flavor is very fruity with lots of spice, totally hides the 11%.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange/amber, with a small, white head. Aromas are spices, cherries, and some yeast. Flavors are spice, cherries, fruit, and a bit of honey. Goes down easy for being 11%.