Tröegs Mad Elf
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a room temperature pint glass.
Medium ruby red/amber color with some beautiful creamy head sitting a half inch on top.
Bread and fruit at first followed by some rich malt whiffs. Interesting combination of malts, including crisp pilsner malt provided a wonderful smell.
The traditional Hallertau noble hops imparted a smooth initial taste followed by the almost too sweet fruit flavors. Cherries, dates, raisins and other dark, ripe fruit flavors made this beer quite enjoyable during the holidays.
A good carbonation explosion without taking away from the smoothness made this beer very drinkable. With the alcohol content being rather high, I expected this to be a warm sipper. Boy was I surprised. Although maybe too much for some palates, I enjoyed drinking this high-octane beer.
Great beer for the holidays due to the festive ingredients and clever marketing. Tröegs does not disappoint again with their creative approach to making unique yet delicious beers.