Christmas in April: Troegs Mad Elf Christmas Ale

April 14, 2012

Another beer received from MZ, and another good one. I have tried the Troegs Mad Elf Christmas Ale before, and while I remembered the honey and the cherries it is brewed with, I did not remember how boozy (a whopping 11% ABV!) it is. My tongue went numb while I was drinking this. That is not a complaint, just an observation.

Lots of honey in the aroma, and sour and sweet cherries are very prominent on the tongue. I do not like sweet beers, and this could have fallen in that category, but there is a subtle spiciness that offsets the sweetness, and the funkiness from the Belgian yeast and the alcohol warmth helps in that regard as well. While this is a beer to savored on a long, dark, cold winter’s night, I enjoyed it immensely on a warm spring evening, 7.5/10.

Hey Porter! Hey Porter! Would you tell me the time?

November 23, 2011

How much longer will it be till we cross
that Mason Dixon Line?
At daylight would ya tell that engineer
to slow it down?
Or better still, just stop the train,
Cause I wanna look around.

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Troegs Nugget Nectar

April 12, 2010

KA-BOOM! That is a Hops Hand Grenade on the the label, and there is certainly an explosion of flowery, resiny hops as soon as you pop the cap on the bottle of Troegs (there should be an umlaut over the ‘o’) Nugget Nectar.  The hop explosion is perfectly balanced by some peachy and pear sweetness from the toasted malts.  It had a beautiful fluffy head on top of a crystal clear pour.  Very smooth drinking, despite the 7.5 % ABV.  I paired this with some of JC’s finest pizza, topped with black olives and anchovies, and it was an outstanding combination.  The Nugget Nectar gets an 8/10.  This is apparently a rare one, and is only available for a limited time, so grab a bottle if you see it.

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