KajII's Album: Tasting Pics, Ratings, Reviews 20?? - 2015

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Tröegs "The Mad Elf Ale"
Tröegs Brewing Company - Hershey, Pennsylvania USA
Strong Ale (ABV 11%) (IBU 15)

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

Rating: 3.95/5.0

Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste: 8/10
Palate: 3.5/5
Overall: 16/20

The pour was a clear ruby red with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly, down to a small collar with a wisp of residue left floating on top and poor runny lacing.

The aroma was upfront with a nice cherry scent along with a light bread malt and a sweet yeast and had notes of honey, cinnamon, a bit of spice and a little more than mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was fruity sweet and a very lightly malty with a touch of cherry and honey throughout, with the finish becoming rather yeasty with a hint of cinnamon and a slight spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, having a nice yeasty and fruity cherry taste along with a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind.

Mouthfeel was a few shades above light in body and dry in texture with an almost prickly carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be exceptionally tasty with a good fruity flavor that was blended very well with the yeast and spices, allowing for a very good concealing of the exceptionally high ABV thus creating a superb drinkability. I do believe this is the best Winter Seasonal I have tasted to date, and I want more…

Sampled: 12/8/2012