vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I always keep Mad Elf around for at least a year before I drink it. Fresh, I find the beer a bit "hot" from the high ABV and overly sweet. I am not a fan of fruit in beer and I find Mad Elf to be cloyingly fruity sweet when first released. However, I discovered years back that aging the bottles for at least a year mellows it out. I’ve got some 5 year old bottles still in the cellar. The bottle I reviewed was from the 2009 release and was quite enjoyable.
The beer is an attractive deep red color with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with dark fruit and a mild earthiness. The flavor of this aged beer is still a bit tart from the cherries, but a hint of sweetness balances that out. The high alcohol content is well-masked. The mouthfeel is thick, leaving behind a sticky coating on the lips.
Ctplt777 (386) - - DEC 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best holiday beers I’ve had. There is so much going on. Aroma is big sweet cherries, honey and malt. There’s also a big raisin and fig aroma. Smells like sitting by a fire on a cold winter night. Took a decent sip and was blown away by sweet cherry, honey, rum soaked raisins/figs and a slight cocoa. Really sweet but not cloying. I like that this is described as an "ale brewed with cherries and honey" and it tastes like cherries and honey. Troegs never fails to amaze me with their awesome beers, and this is perfect for this time of year. Cheers.
jcnielsen (2776) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Cherry, caramel, malty, cocoa aromas. Cherry, malty, syrupy, honey, a touch of oak, and fruity flavors. Not a typical beer I’d like, but decent enough sipping holiday beer.
Cincypoohbear (2) - - NOV 28, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good flavor. Really liked but not a favorite.
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altonbrownd (4600) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bethesda Food and Beverage. Dark brown cola body with medium head. Nose is ballistic of malts and chocolate, spices and honey. So good. Taste is very alcy, sweet, plummy and nicely done. An incredible 11% but not too sharp. Enjoyable.
NordicV (1527) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mahoganyfärgad öl med ett lättare rosa skum. Mycket alkohol och tuggummi både i doft och särskilt smak gör att detta definitivt inte är ett öl för mig.
arn8897 (244) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter glass at pint night at Middletown Fine Wine and Spirits. Cellared since last fall. Pours a dark hazy red with a tan head. Aromas of cherry and spices. Taste the same with raisin and malt flavors. Medium palate. Lots of alcohol warmth. Nice beer really smoothed out with the aging. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced.
madelfonatree (227) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Look - Unfiltered red body. Head is gone quickly but light tan. No lacing.
Smell - Strong cherry. Faint honey. Slight dank hop.
Taste - Wheat beer with Christmas spice. Cherry. Honey. Stronger than desired alcohol taste, but drinkable.
Feel - Chewy. Heavy. Carbonation comes through where it doesn’t in the look.
Overall - Part of my namesake. One of the first beers that moved me to high ABV. I always get a few of these each Christmas (and same some for the Summer).
SteveOrz85 (137) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber into pint glass. 2014 batch. Aggressive pour makes three finger head witch is gone in a few minutes. Head is light tan, beer is amber in color. Some very light lacing. Aroma is weak. Taste is malty and lightly sweet with notes of cherry and honey. Long finish. Some strong alchol notes shine through. Over all good beer. I don’t see this as a holiday beer. Better later in winter maybe spring.
sinfull (1197) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark , ruby color with small, off-white head. Aroma of spices , dark fruits , honey and alcohol. Sweet , caramel taste with spices and notable presence of alcohol. Good ,Christmas beer.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from forever ago. Reddish brown colored pour; sweet, hoppy smell and taste. Alcohol is really strong. Not really my cup of tea - too much here for me to really enjoy. Definitely a winter warmer, haha.