Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jesstyr:
3.2/5 rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Was excited to try this beer, and enjoyed it in a Palm tulip and some great cheese.
Overall very disappointing. Looks great, ruby red with a thin bubbly head that remains throughout the drink. Nose definitely shows off the honey and cherry, but its not particularly full or well rounded.
Which leads to a similar flavor - it essentially comes off as a flavored beer, without the depth of Three Philosophers, which is the closest comparison I can think of. The body is too thin for the style and there seems to the raisin/chocolate sweetness you like to see in a strong dark. Overall this is a decent dessert beer, but not much else.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2011 16:32:46 | More by Jesstyr
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3.58/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle from GreenMonster12 (thanks Jay!). Bottled 9/13/12. Served in a goblet.
Pours a ruby hued chestnut with about one finger of pale cream head that quickly receds to a thin cap before disappearing completely without leaving any lace.
Aromas of cherry skins, raisin, caramel and a yeasty apple-like note.
Flavors of bright cherry preserves, bitter fruit skin, dark fruit, caramel, Belgian yeast, a little honey and a pretty healthy dose of alcohol. The booze blends a little better as it warms up. Pretty good
Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. Boozey finish with cherry skin, caramel and yeast.
While I think 1 is plenty for me in a sitting, this is a decent American take on the Belgian strong dark ale style. The cherry and honey additions give it character that helps elevate Mad Elf above other similar brews. I won't go hunting more but this is something I would certainly enjoy again someday.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 23:32:52 | More by ThickNStout
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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