iceman15658 (142) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2017 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.
12oz bottle. Deep coppery red. cherry aroma. This beer has a strong alcohol flavor, more than expected, a nice change of pace brew vipinvelp (4430) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2017
Clear dark amber, small off-white lacing foam head. Decent aroma, barley, honey and dark fruits. Wanming strong in taste, complex taste. Good. (Houston 201705) ktothewizow (4) - - MAY 10, 2017 does not count
Best thing put out by Troegs. One of my favorite beers. Delicious aroma and taste and well priced for its strength.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2017
pours cherry red with white fluffy head. the aroma is cherry, honey, caramel, sweet smell. and slight tartness. the flavor is cherry, honey, some cloves and spiciness with caramel at the end. the body is thick and malty and very filling, overall this is a nice beer for a cold night, and leaves you wanting to take another sip. Chalumeaux (1555) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2017
12 oz. bottle pours dark red/ maroon color with some off white head retention. Aroma of plums, cherry skins, honey, and light traces of cinnamon. The flavor is a exact duplicate of the aroma and the alcohol is hidden well but provides a slight warming after the sip. A nice winter warmer.
Pintofjoe29 (52) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle into snifter. Pours a nice ruby with minimal head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sugary sweetness, and booze. Tastes of medicinal cherry, root beer, cloves, and your typical Belgian yeast notes. The 11% is definitely warming me up. Overall this is good, but my mind isn’t blown Lowe1983 (1594) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Pours a amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits, caramel malts, banana, and some alcohol. Stone cherry tartness comes out on the flavor with the dark fruits and caramel malts. Tiny bit of warming on the finish as well. BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Aroma wheat, honey, spices,
Appearance amber, red, clear, white foam, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate light body, medium body,
Overall a sweet holiday beer that is very deceptive when it comes to the alcohol. One of my favorite "Christmas" beers. I would suggest this beer to a friend. beern (104) - Alabama, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Pours ruby red with a one finger off-white head with an aroma of honey and mild mahogany. Tastes sweet of cherries & malt and a mild honey finish with hidden alcohol. Jared_Clifton (127) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Pours amber red. Malty, lots of cherry flavor, honey and spices. Slight alchocol burn. Top christmas beer out there.