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.
ross (2120) - 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.
BierMeHoos (264) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gift from Maxbier. 12oz bottle. Appearance is a reddish hue with good clarity. The aroma is cherry, citrus, dark fruit, and boozy. The taste is similar with an added amount of spice and hops. The palate is a little thin. Overall pretty good beer I'm definitely looking forward to the next holiday season!
hackobock (2008) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 24, 2015. Bottle, 2012-2013 version. Shared by tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Clear ruby red with medium sized white head. Aroma is cherry candy, some dried fruits, honey and some christmas spices. Taste is medium sweet, fruity and spicy. Finish is light bitter, light metallic. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
jlioi (24) - - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is Christmas in your mouth. It has lots of spice, a nice kick of alcohol, and it's got a nice smell. It's a fun holiday beer, definitely one of the best Christmas ones.
ej1oo1 (25) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and tasty. I probably couldn’t drink a ton but definitely a good taste. Good time.
tderoeck (5695) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24/I/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, winter season 2012-2013 (2015-106) Thanks to Nate for the bottle!
Clear ruby red beer, aery big off-white to beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, candied fruits, Christmas fruitcake, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, fruity, quite some yeast, slightly sour, bit of chocolate. Aftertaste: soft subtle chocolaty notes, candied fruits, bubble gum, sugary, bit alcohol, some honey, soft bitterness.
kraddel (4328) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Birdsall house . Pours clear , very dark amber . Small white head . Smell is sweet , unintense . Taste is bitter , herbal , sweet amber malts . Sharp , bit metallic . Very boozy for its ABV and a bit of a letdown after hearing raves over this ...
JefVerstraete (1891) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from tderoeck. Many thanks! Red/amber colour, white foam. Soft carbonation. Syrupy, honey, sweet cherries, caramel. Malty body. Very sweet and sticky. Not the best.
Hunter_Wilde (1) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice color, very sweet and kind of alcohol forward, but it all works somehow.
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Johnny Brenda’s. Deep Amber with a small head. Nose is caramelized apples, fruity esters. Spice. Grain. Hot booziness. Similar flavors. Sliced apples, rich toffee. Hot finish.