Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by nas5755:
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Mad Elf '09, at just about 2. 12oz bottle
A: Head is present, nice retention. Kinda surprised. Wasnt expecting much.
S: Bready malts, honey, cherries, less bubblegum and fruit than a fresh version. spice is subdued.
T: So smooth, cherries are really beginning to shine. The bubblegum flavors have mellowed and the cherries are taking over, very smooth on the finish with honey and lots of bready malts are present throughout providing a solid backbone. Very nice.
M: Smooth, I was expecting more carbonation based on the pour. On the low end.
Overall: I love this beer and time brings out the better qualities. More cherries and more honey, less yeast spice and less bubblegum. A very fantastic experience. I still have 3 or 4 left in the cellar and I am gonna see what happens over the next few years.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2011 01:44:56 | More by nas5755
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3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2013 vintage poured into a Firestone Walker tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazy red amber with 1 finger of straw-colored head that dissipates to a foamy ring.
S: Cherry, wheaty malt, corn, honey, and a hint of alcohol.
T/M: Prickly carbonation up front with a medium mouthfeel. Up front is honey and malt sweetness with a slight bitterness. Plenty of malt sweetness accompanied by a very mild bitterness throughout. Cherry is not very prominent. Finish is coating, almost a little drying, with a bittersweet lingering flavor.
O: While reviewing this, it strikes me that my opinions of it are not really all that high on this beer in individual metrics, and yet I quite like the beer. Really a nice, unique holiday ale that doesn't overdo its "holiday" flavors, while doing a really nice job of dealing with its 11abv. Drinks much closer to 9, but with a little bit of heat. Bumping this up a bit in overall for that reason; I think this beer comes together quite nicely.
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 02:48:53 | More by jdhowe
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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