Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by Birdmarg741:
2.81/5 rDev -26.4%
Poured in a frosted dimpled mug.
A: Formed a solid head when purposefully splashed into the glass, though it gave off little smell. It has a nice hazy red-orange color. Though the overall retention of the head was short, lacy foam still lines the glass for the 30 mins of sipping.
S: The smell, to me, is honestly not all that strong. Regardless, it smells sweet; incredibly malty. There are hints of banana, but also non-specific spice that fights with the sweetness, rather than complementing it. - Like putting pepper on a banana. Darker fruit is needed to balance out this smell and taste.
T: The spice hits your tongue first, but the starchy sweetness creeps in fast, and lingers long after the spice leaves. The time that they overlap is not as unpleasant as the smell of the combo, but it is extremely brief. The swallow goes down smooth-nice- for about 3 seconds. Then the sweetness floods in; what lingers is quite powerful. (overpowering if this is not your thing...).
M: Certainly medium bodied; it feels lighter than expected given its dark color. However, more carbonation would be nice to compete with the starchiness of the sweetness. The swallow has a light smoothness, but this dissipates as the beer warms.
O: Never having had Mad Elf, I do not know how this compares to its parent. Though, for me, this scratch is annoyingly unbalanced compared to other Troegs beers. It is reminiscent of Flying Mouflan, though not nearly as balanced. The starchy sweetness overpowers any spice, leaving a post-banana flavor lingering on the sides of the tongue with unpleasant dryness in the middle. A fun experience, though not something I would go back for.
06-16-2013 22:55:07 | More by Birdmarg741
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Big thanks goes out to kkipple for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, clove, sugar, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Unfortunately this one was not very complex at all. But what it lacked in complexity, it totally made up for it with balance. Everything in this brew really helped to take each of the other aspects to the next level. Glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest you do the same.
11-21-2012 11:56:31 | More by thagr81us
3.91/5 rDev +2.4%
A - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy "dirty" colored head that fizzes away in rapid fashion - Don't blink or you may miss it... No real lacing to speak of, rather just a slight collar in areas and a couple of minimalistic stray patches of lace... The color is a mix of light-to-medium brown and ruby red... There is a slight haziness and murkiness that permeates... There is a limited bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation...
S - I know there are no cherries or honey in this offering, but I'll be damned if I don't detect a bit on the nose... There is also a malty rich goodness at the forefront... Ripe banana and dark fruits... A mix of caramel and toffee... A faint Belgian yeast component... Trace notes of light brown sugar...
T - A one-two punch of Belgian yeast and overly ripened dark fruits... There is a vague wheaty presence as well... Slightly medicinal (but not in a bad way)... There is a bit of toffee on the finish... There is a distinct booziness that lingers...
M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... The limited carbonation packs a pretty strong bite... A bit sticky... Sleek... Warming...
D - At a time when most brewers add extra ingredients to repackage a beer, it's refreshing to see a brewer "deconstruct" an offering down to its more simplistic back... While it's a refreshing approach, this doesn't quite live up to its name sake... However, this is a solid beer none the less on its own... It's hard to keep the two separate, but I'll have no trouble making two six packs worth dissappear... Any Belgian beer enthusiast shouldn't hesitate to give this one a try...
06-03-2013 01:29:19 | More by philbe311
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Ba Review #209
Served On: 08/15/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -
Found this at the Tröegs during a visit to the brewery in Hershey.
Look: Poured into the Duvel glass with a deep reddish copper color. Clarity level was surprisingly high. Continuous carbonation bubbles lifted off the laser etching on the bottom of the glass. Head was basically a ring of foam around the outside. Not much in the way of lacing.
Smell: Pungent Belgian funk with lots of hoarse blanket and heavy sweet malts with banana and clove. Not the biggest fan of Belgian style beers, but the nose on this was very enjoyable.
Taste: First off was a nice chewy pepper note. Then a spicy biscuit took over with some semisweet banana. The finish was a lingering pepper that gave way to more biscuit.
This was a nice iteration of the Mad Elf. I think losing the fruit allowed for more of the true Belgian qualities to come through on the palate. A very nice treat that I was lucky enough to run into while at the brewery.
08-15-2012 16:51:15 | More by CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass from the tasting. Much thanks for the bottle K! I think this is the right one?
A nice golden apricot body color, just crystal clear with tan like collar.
Real interesting nose. Hints of booze and cherry, like a classic winter warmer, but there's some real nice minty leafy quality as well.
Interesting palate and flavors though. Mild malt backbone with still a cherry fruit quality. REal interesting mouthfeel with some borderline wetness but good coating in the palate. Good finish, and some strange interesting light charring that is a bit ashen like.
Overall not too bad. I am not the biggest fan of Mad Elf but I am always up for the scratch series.
08-11-2014 23:14:35 | More by smakawhat
Scratch Beer (Naked Elf) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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