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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Troegs Mad Elf

Troegs Mad Elf Ale:

Troegs Brewing Company chooses to celebrate the holidays with a cup of cheer that differs slightly from the normal wintry mix. Troegs Mad Elf Ale is brewed with honey and cherries, going straight for the sweet tooth. But it's still an ale, and Troegs brews some fine beers, so the balance is pretty remarkable. Yes, it's sweet, but the cherries aren't quite candy-- there's a tartness there beneath the sweetness. And honey is sweet, too, but in an earthy, woody kind of way. And with a warming kick at 11% abv, Troegs Mad Elf makes the perfect after dinner drink.

I heard a crazy story about Mad Elf. A friend of a friend was buying beer for a party at his sister's house. Her favorite beer is Mad Elf, but there were no six packs to be found. So that big-ass bottle (.8 gal) got purchased and the party began. Not realizing the Elf's punch at 11%, the party got started, got crazy, and got done a lot earlier than expected. So be careful.

I would definitely pour Mad Elf into a tulip or a thistle glass. It's ruby red color and slightly viscous consistency give it a magic potion kind of quality. Sip it slowly, and don't worry about it warming up a few degrees. Unlock the holiday mysteries with Santa's cock-eyed helper, the Mad Elf.

Troegs Mad Elf:

Representation: .9
Accessibility: .9
Style: .95
Personal Preference: .925

Total: 3.675 Flags

1 comment:

Scott-TheBrewClub said...

Had the Mad Elf last year, and I thought that for a high ABV brew, the alcohol flavor was hidden rather well. This beer can sneak up on you! Great one for the holidays and another good brew by Troegs!

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