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.
pras (491) - Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deed red/ruby color. Aroma of dank belgian yeast. Belgian yeast flavor dominated for me. enjoyable and easy to drink despite the high abv.
lownote (107) - USA - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brilliant dark red with a lasting lacy head into a wine glass from bottle. Aroma is very strong cherry and honey. Taste is very biting in its dark cherry flavor. Also a nice bit of sweetness. Thin and intense carbonation. This beer is really great in short bursts.
SuperTiti33 (612) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rousse. Beau collet. Ronde. Assez sucré. Goût prononcé de cerise. Mielleuse. Florale. Bonbon sûre. Réglisse rouge (bonbon). Banane. Rootbeer. Très bien.
nothingbutIPAs (23) - Hillsborough, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer has a weak aroma to it, tastes like a bowl full of cherries. deceptively smooth for the ABV - 11%. Not my usual style of beer, but this is the best Holiday Ale I’ve had. Would have to imagine 3-4 of these would kick one’s arse, can’t wait to find out. Happy Holidays!
hman43 (410) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours amber with a tan head. It has an aroma of cherries, yeast, spices, and fruit. The fruit with the cherries being significant and spices were evident on the initial taste with chocolate and spices coming after. The spices and a moderate bitter bite is present on the way down.
ElCapitan22 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very nice reddish amber color. It has no lacing or head retention, but that can be attributed to the high abv. A tasty beer and the first of a mad elf flight spanning the past 4 years. God help me.
AdamT (189) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Brewmaster’s in Wilson. Reddish hue, good clarity with fully diminishing white head. No lacing. Aroma of booze, cherry, citrus hop, dark fruit, malt and candy. Spice and citrus hop taste up front with a watery spice finish. As the beer warms it finishes with more of a floral taste.
hopbag (110) - - DEC 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some cherry in the aroma and a reddish tint. Sweet with a little pepper/clove through the middle. Finish is spicy Belgian yeast. Well hidden alcohol for 11%. Reasonably festive.
OsuStu (79) - - DEC 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Red amber, slightly off white head. Aroma is cherries, cinnamon, honey. Plums, berries, warming dry alcohol. Slightly sticky palate.
Carlisle (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber color with ruby notes; minimal tan head with substantial lacing. Fruit and cherry aromas with yeast. Malt and cherries upfront with fruity yeast and cherries in the long finish. Some warming alcohol in the finish as well.
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