50belair (3679) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Mild barrel bouquet. A bit bland with caramel and barrel notes. Average body and mouthfeel. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2015
12oz bottle in a taster glass at Plan Bee. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of light brandy, spices, dark malts, hints of roast, and some dough. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Average texture. A solid beer.
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
12 oz bottle. The pour is a dark brown/black like the other 4 Elf offerings. There is a nice eggshell colored head and no lace. The aroma has a lot of booze and a sweetness. The spices are a little more pronounced here compared to the rum barrel. The flavor is a little more of a sweet booze than I was expecting. The barrel adds a little vanilla on the spiciness, but it's really laid back. The mouth feel is thinner, with a strong lack of carbonation and a light coating of the palate. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a touch of spiciness and it disappears quickly. Not too bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone nimbleprop (8708) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
12oz bottle pours an oily, translucent black with some lacing, eggshell head. Nose is interesting, some toasted wood, some juniper, a little witch hazel, some mild spice, a little cream soda, licorice, some spearmint. Flavor follows, very minty, tarragon, ,birch beer, licorice, herbs, candlewax. I swear to God there’s a heavy witch hazel thing happening. One of the stranger drinking experiences I’ve had in a while... but it wasn’t bad. IndianaRed (4933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared by BuckeyeBoy and his posse clear redish brown with a tan ring. Nice aromas of light brown sugar and oak with a touch of booze. Coleen fun body and a little holiday spice. Dusty musty finish.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
12oz Bottle. 2013. Many thanks, Sean, for all of the fantastic beers over the past eight years. I’ve been so fortunate to be exposed to so many beers I would have otherwise not had the opportunity to try. Your generosity has been unparalleled. Musky ginger and cinnamon nose, cornered with a bit of booze. This comes across really well. Brassy ginger, muddled christmas spice, perky oak, festive dark malts, and a bit of age marry everything together. It’s a a beast, but it’s not too hot, nor too sweet. This will probably be one of the last, if not the last, malty beer I ever rate. Thanks to all who have made this a fun 10 year beer journey. I’ve learned a lot from the community and those I’ve shared beers and knowledge with along the way. Cheers! malkyore (377) - - DEC 9, 2014
It does actually taste like Christmas! A lot of spices and junk in this one. But they’re not fake tasting and distracting like they are in most beers. This is my favorite Christmas beer j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a thin light brown with a thin white head. Soft wood, toast and caramel. Medium bodied caramel and toffee. Long warm caramel. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Amber pour with some head. Brandy, spice, nutmeg, some sweet malt aromas. Flavor are sweet, but the barrel balances some of it. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose and taste of brandy, oak, dark fruit, nutmeg, christmas spices and caramel - medium body.