“The Mad Elf, a cheerful creation to warm your heart and enlighten your tongue. The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast, this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the pleasant character of this intriguing yet delicious Ale. The Mad Elf, a jolly and delicious beer for the Holidays.”
Troegs Mad Elf
Belgian Strong Dark Ale, 11% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
(Editors Note: This beer was purchased in December of 2009. It was sampled in July of 2010 and December of 2010. Below are the tasting notes from the 6 month mark and the year mark of cellaring.)
Ryan: From the goofy, three-sheets-to-the-wind elf on the front to the unassuming copper in color pour to the light body and hints of fruit and cinnamon; there is nothing about this beer that screams Belgian Strong Dark Ale. And that is what is downright scary about it.
This beer pours, as I noted above, an almost translucent copper in color. There is very little head and no noticeable lacing to accompany this beer. I know that a Belgian Strong Dark Ale doesn’t have to be dark but this pours more like a session beer than a double-digit ABV sipper. Continue reading