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RATINGS: 1045   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2012
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1632) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Ahh, the good ol’ Mad Elf. This was poured into the Mad Elf tulip. The appearance was a nice looking red to somewhat hazy looking purple glossed over sort of look. There was some light lacing sliding down the glass. The smell had some sweet cherries, light tart cherries, light cocoa, light honey and backed up by a light chocolate malt. The taste was sweet and somewhat spicy with a light clove-like flavoring underneath it all. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fa decent sessionable aspect trying to make me drink more but there’s a part of me knowing that this wants me to sip. The carbonation finishes somewhat dry and crisp. Overall, this was a nice beer always well worthy of coming back to during the holidays. Now if only I can get Troeg’s to distribute to Alaska.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kathouse (934) - Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Cloudy ruby color with no head except the pour. Toasted bread and dark red fruit aromas. Flavor is a little tart but not wild or sour. Fruit and bread leave the palate slightly sweet. Nice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (244) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..aroma of dark fruits,cherries,alcohol..taste of dark fruits, cherry, plum, malty..dry finish with decent bitterness..alcohol definitely present in a good way..really good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkmagus82 (541) - - MAY 17, 2014
BA transfer - Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip glass Appearance - A beautiful shimmering clear ruby color. A thin white head quickly fades to give a little bit of lacing which doesn’t last long. Smell - Huge amount of cherries, with a bit of chocolate, honey and other dried fruits. Can pick up the booze smell after you pull your nose from the glass. Quite nice. Taste - The sweet taste of cherries and dried fruits overwhelms initially. The alcohol taste hits in the middle and lingers with the maltiness coming in more at the tail end. Mouthfeel - Full and lush with a nice level of carbonation for this highly potent beer. Overall - A very nice beer. A new holiday favorite of mine!!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (672) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2014
Split bottle. Beautiful pour medium amber golden, light head. Nose is smooth malt, caramel notes and deeper fruit, cherry and some berry notes. Flavor has mild alcohol presence but not too bad for 11%. Caramel and deeper sugars paired with deeper fruits, mild spicing, but not enough to make you think it’s Belgian (which I thought it was before research). Really drinkable and enjoyable, even at 11%. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2464) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2014
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/18/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby red color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, fig, light banana, honey, caramel, toast, candi sugar, bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, light clove, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, light banana, honey, caramel, toast, light chocolate, candi sugar, bread, light nuttiness, light clove, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, pear, apple, light banana, honey, caramel, toast, candi sugar, light chocolate, light clove, herbal, bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong ale. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from who knows where. Pours a horribly murky reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is mostly dried cherries with some vinous character and oxidation. Taste is a messy malt sweetness with a significant alcohol character that reminds me of model glue. Gets worse as you drink it. The mouthfeel is just sweet and flat and boost juice. ugh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
What you would expect, the aroma is dominated by cherries and the taste is cherry with a little honey. Pretty solid especially considering the abv.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
njager246 (342) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
Aroma of Cherry and dark fruits, taste has bananas and cherries, a little much on the banana side for my liking, but still pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (842) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Amber orange pour. Aroma of prunes, apricot, caramel and cherry. Flavor is cherry, prune, alcohol and malt. It’s sweet, folks. Bright mouthfeel with slightly tart finish.


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