Tröegs Mad Elf - Tröegs Brewing Company
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2.03/5 rDev -47.4%
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Pours a dark amber, slightly ruddy color. No head, just a thin white crust around the borders. Pretty color, worried that it has no carbonation. Then again, upon checking the ABV, it's 11%. That surprised me.
Smells like sweet malt (no honey, just really sweet). That's about it. Maybe a vague fruitiness. Cherries, perhaps, or maybe just an indistinct dark fruitiness.
Taste is a blistering assault of sugar. Whoa. A tinge of cherries, but mostly just straight up sugary malt. Lots of bread-y yeast. I can feel my teeth dying from the sugar. The sensation I get is cherry listerine or cough syrup.
Flat. Super boozy.
11-16-2010 09:04:33 | More by Overlord
2.2/5 rDev -43%
Mad Elf is dark maple colored brew with a thin tan head. It is strongly perfumed with an aroma of cherry-flavored cough syrup that quickly overwhelms faint wisps of hop.
Taste opens spicy with phenols, then sweet malt kept in check by cherry vapors and alcoholic burn. I get a slight tartness in the background and possibly a banana note. The mouthfeel is viscous, thick, flat and syrupy, but I was only able to feel that once my tounge had been numbed to the scorching alcohol.
This is a valient attempt at a new take on x-mas beer but I am not into it. I have been very impressed with the other Troegs beers I've tried, but find Mad Elf a little to close to Mad Dog.
11-28-2007 05:27:41 | More by JudgeRoughneck
2.23/5 rDev -42.2%
A fresh 2011 12 ounce bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.
A: A deep, pretty ruby red, with a thin head that entirely dissipates almost instantly.
S: Sweet malt and dark cherries rush at the nose, with notes of honey and hints of spice also making themselves known. this beer is overwhelmingly sweet (not in a bad way). smells almost like candy.
T: Dark cherry upfront, with a strong sweetness to the beer. Unfortunately, the cherry flavor comes across is an identificably medicinal flavor. The more I sip, the more I notice. You're left with the same medicinal taste after the finish. There are some slight hints of spice from the Belgian yeast, but my palate is having a hard time picking them out over the medicinal flavor. I wanted to like this beer...but did not.
M: Nicely carbonated and surprisingly thin for a 11%. Mouthfeel is fine.
O: Definitely disappointed. This is a beer I've heard a lot about and was excited for. Oh well. I have five more that I'll age for a bit and we'll see what happens. Expectations are low.
11-22-2011 01:52:28 | More by Hophead717
2.23/5 rDev -42.2%
A- Pours a pretty, clear dark red with an off white head. Head has decent retention, forms a thin layer of bubbles and leaves some nice lacing.
S- Smells of raisins, figs and quite a bit of spices (ginger and cinnamon). Cherries are also pretty strong here as well.
T- Tastes way too sweet!! Other than that a ton of booze, sweetened cherries give way to a yeasty aftertaste and also the honey just adds to the sweetness.
M- Medium body, maybe a touch on the watery side and low carbonation.
D- Tried this one a couple of times and no thanks I'll pass on this one.
04-05-2009 22:09:11 | More by nrbw23
2.3/5 rDev -40.4%
Let me first off say, they get one full point for their label art. Pretty cool. Sadly, the rest of it wasn't so great.
A: It looked decent. Dark orange, almost red with a hint of cherry color. Almost no carbonation (I assume because of how alcohol-heavy it is?)
N: Lots of cherry, syrupy
T: No bueno. Sorry. It is flat and alcohol city, USA. Reminds me of cherry schnapps.
M: Flat flat flat and way too heavy on the booze without any balance or attempt to mask.
Addendum: Reading other people's reviews, I think I may have gotten a bad bottle. Mine had nearly zero carbonation. I'm going to bump the mouthfeel up to 2 for that, but I stand by the fact that it is too syrupy and tastes a bit like cherry cough syrup.
07-10-2012 17:03:10 | More by mfc
2.33/5 rDev -39.6%
Aromas of layers of sweet cherries and some sublter Belgian yeast funk smell, with lesser bananas and clove esters.
The taste is a complete flop for me. Simply put it tastes like a cherry cough syrup which was fermented with Belgian yeast. Way too sweet as well from the honey I presume. This isn't beer in my opinion but a mead/lambic hybrid mess.
The only saving grace is that the mouthfeel isn't totally syrupy and cloying; medium bodied and very good level of carbonation.
Overall this is a miss for me, too alcoholic, unpleasant and even ended up being a drainpour. Will not revisit ever again, even for free.
01-03-2011 19:27:39 | More by claspada
2.33/5 rDev -39.6%
Maybe this thing needs to be cellared for awhile but I am not a fan. It reminds me of Robotussin. In the words of Chris Rock "Out of Tussin? Put water in the bottle and shake it up, More tussin!" It definitely has a lot of stuff going on, I'll give it that. Tons of alcohol in this one with a big malty sweetness. The cherry aftertaste though is horrid. Truely horrid. A very unbalanced beer, the alcohol is very evident and makes it an unpleasent, if warming, drinking experience. Lots of people seem to like this so maybe my tastebuds are tweaked the wrong way but this stuff tastes like cough medicine to me.
12-07-2004 21:48:29 | More by ChrisBowers
District of Columbia
2.38/5 rDev -38.3%
Pours a deep, brilliant, ruby red; clear, with essentially no head - which isn't too surprising. Any aroma is very subdued at first - just a barely detectable hint of malt and dark cherries and raisins. Seriously, how does this beer have almost no aroma? There is some flavor, at least. Malty and sweet but lacking any complexity. Hints of bread, raisin, cherry. A subtle, spicy yeast flavor tries to come out but is held back. There's flavor but not very much of it. Somehow the alcohol is very well hidden but I don't know how. Slight bitterness; full bodied but with a thin, watery mouthfeel. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but this beer lacks any character whatsoever. Alcoholic malt water.
12-09-2011 00:00:48 | More by goldbot
2.4/5 rDev -37.8%
Poured into an ommegang goblet.
A: No real lacing, no / minimal carbonation. Flat-ish amber appearance.
S: Overwhelmingly sweet, honey and cherries come out. This is the strongest point for this beer.
T: A little bit unexciting really. Sure, I taste the honey and cherries, but it's almost cloyingly sweet with negligible complexity. I'm not sure why this beer gets such good reviews.
M: Smooth enough mouthfeel, medium to light bodied.
D: Surprisingly drinkable for 11% -- the alcohol is well hidden here, no booziness at all, really. Very smooth, but still not exciting.
Overall, a below average beer, but pleasant enough. I don't think I'd seek this out again.
01-11-2011 20:28:06 | More by eggplantwiz
Tröegs Mad Elf from Tröegs Brewing Company
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