Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):
A cult classic among, beer geeks in the know. From the label to the ingredients it screams Christmas. Crystal-clear red color garners a thin white lacing. Yeasty phenols to cherries to ripe fruit to spice, an amazing nose. Creamy mouthfeel with a bit of crispness to lift the full body. Alcohol chimes in first with lots of warmth, spice and rose water. Cherry juice, candied fruit and faint medicinal flavors hit the middle with a small tartness within. Spice picks up middle to end, making way for the alcohol to really warm. Sweet, spicy finish. This is one of those slow- sipping nightcap brews--after a long day of holiday bustling, you'll probably need one of these.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2011 14:37:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date printed on the neck.
Appearance: Quick to give two fingers of foam but the crackling leads to a ring of lace and very little head. Brilliantly red in colour, dark red at that.
Smell: Sweet malt, touch of bitter phenols and a hint of cherries in the back. Faded whiff of alcohol throwing some rosy esters.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Alcohol is evident in the full bodied and malty brew. Lots of sweetness on the palate of malt and a kiss of juicy cherries. Spicy phenols help to balance a bit very little hop character to be had. Suggestions of brown bread and toasted husk middle to end, nice juicy burst of fruit in the middle as well. Finish with a sweet, alcoholic and spicy kick.
Notes: Perhaps one of the most interesting beers I have run into for a long time. Highly complex yet this bottle seems a touch green you have to wonder what a year or two in the cellar would yield.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2004 02:10:30 | More by Jason
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