On the front of the label is a crazy elf, straight jacket and all. He's reading an "Elf Regulations" book, holding it with his feet. The story on the side written by Brewer Peter Scholey lets you know that Santa had recently visited this particular elf to see how he was doing. Santa concluded that "perhaps sanity is over-rated!" This elf was having the time of his life in the asylum. This beer is made with barley and rye.
Caramel and spicy black pepper aroma, with plenty of booze and some light fruitiness. Rich sweet caramel and honey flavors coat the palate, very thick and luxurious. And the 11.2% alcohol wastes no time adding some booziness to the experience. It's actually the alcohol that keeps the initial sips from seeming sickly sweet. Very sugary, yet those flavors are matched very well with an apple and pear juiciness that is really quite nice.