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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Naked Elf takes a hard look at the less-is-more theory. Ever since we developed The Mad Elf, we’ve speculated what it would taste like without the cherries and honey. So what lies beneath the fruit? Naked Elf is unfiltered, so the spicy yeast taste is more prominent in this strong, hazy orange ale. The combination of the Pilsner, and Vienna malts give a lot of body and minimal sweetness, but Naked Elf has a dry finish. Finally, the heat of the alcohol makes its presence known in the finish. The Naked Elf’s finest quality is the delicate balancing act between a lively yeast kick and a slight alcohol note that lingers in the back of the mouth—constantly reminding us not to overindulge in this complex, warming elixir.

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3.5
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
bottle received as extra from mikereaser (BA). Labeled Scratch 21-2009. Pours a cloudy, dark amber with a very thin white head. Nose is of spices and perfume, bread and slight fingernail polish. Taste is of spice and bubblegum. Mouthfeel is medium.

3.4
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle from hopdog. Thanks! Nose is rather sweet with gum, banana, apple, cotton candy. Cloudy red orange. No head. Somewhat murky. Apple and banana are predominant aspects of the flavor. Some malty sweetness - caramel, sugary bread. A little sharpness in finish. Lightly noticeable alcohol. Zesty carbonation.

3.8
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2009
Wow. Hugely sweet beer. Had a serving from a bottle as Scratch 21 at Barcade. A rich amber color with basically no head. Slightly fruity aroma with malty notes. Taste rings with honey sweetness with aspects of sweet flavors like raisin, fig, and cherry. Beer felt thick, almost syrupy, and was wonderful to sip slowly. Warming on the way down. Very nice.

3.6
dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased as Troegs Scratch 21 from Capones. Pours a deep dark orangey amber with a smaller foamy white head that quickly and almost totally disipates. Aroma is all malts and yeast, fruity as well that reminds me of a Belgian and finishes with some alcohol. Fuller bodied with strong carbonation and a rather dry finish. Flavor is yeasty with notes of dry toast, cereal ad spice. This one does have a good dose of alcohol warming especially for only being 6.8%. Not bad but when it comes to different variations of Mad Elf give me the barrel aged version over this one any day.

3.6
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Pours a dark ruby red/ chestnut brown with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source. Half finger off-white head that immediately fades away into a minimal splotchy white cap. Bready/yeasty aroma with pilsner malt notes and nice spicy/peppery presence. Although the cherries and honey are removed the yeast strain still provides a dark fruit aroma. Slightly medicinal. Nice medium body with creamy yesty bready mouthfeel. Soft tight carbonation with nice spiciness, subtle hops and syrupy medicinal palate with slightly sweet dry finish. Nice peppery spicy notes with yeasty/bready body and sweet dark fruit notes. Dark cherries, plum, date, raisin, fig, etc. subtle hops, syrupy medicinal notes and dry slightly alcohol astringent finish.

3.2
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
[2387-20090801] Sample. Banana yeast aroma has some mild fruity malt. Hazy, amber red body with a medium-lasting foamy light yellow head. Banana yeast malt continues in the flavour. Medium body. Average.
(BCTC @ Ommegang; Cooperstown, NY)

3.7
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle, as Scratch 21. Pours orange/amber, with a white head. Aroma is banana, spices, and fruit. Flavor is spices, banana, alcohol, and fruit.

3.7
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Full body, flavorful, a bit of spice and lively carbonation. Nice solid belgian. Drinkable and sweet with some light fruit. Nice without cherry.

3.4
Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
A hazy dark amber ale with a thin off white head. A nice fruity aroma, banans, spices. In mout, a light sweet tripel with orange peels, cloves, and candy sugar. Loads of alcohol. Tap at BCTC 2009

3.6
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2009
BCTC’09. One of the few non-sour beers I rated that was being poured. Couldn’t really help myself while I was pouring a little while for them, I just wanted to know so much what the stripped down version of Mad Elf was like... and it was much better. Poured a very thick golden, shiny, color that one couldn’t see through. Aroma is aggressive grassy hoppiness with sweet yellow corn and white bread malts. Flavor is similar with that original type of sweetness and lower on the hop presence than the aroma displays. Head and shoulders better than the other version.


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