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Tröegs Splinter Red

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Before filtering the final batch of 2008 Mad Elf we racked some beer into bourbon barrels for six weeks of tender loving care. After bottling, we aged the beer for approximately eight months. This allows the tart cherries to push to the front. Subtle vanilla, bourbon, charred wood, coconut and toasted nut endnotes emanate from Splinter Red.

Splinter Red and Gold are both limited to 300 bottles and will only be available at the Tröegs Brewery Giftshop/Tasting Room.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured slightly hazy coppery garnet with a very short cap of whitish head.. not much carbonation evident. The aroma picked up sweet vanilla, toasty cherries, bourbon, and berries, hinting at alcohol warmth and tart cherries.. warmth brought out more tart cherry character.. smells like it’s gonna be a sweet one. The flavor found honey, cherry, and berry sweetness at the core.. a hint of near-metallic tartness, coriander, and vanilla notes surrounded.. sweetened-up finish with caramel, honey, and bourbon sugars leading. Medium-bodied with a little thicker feel on the palate.. a little bit too sweet for my liking, but I’m not going to complain too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite. Pours a hazed orange amber with a thin to medium sized white head. Huge bourbon and vanilla, cherry and malt. Sweet candy and malt, vanilla. Sweet long bourbon and vanilla. A bit too sweet overall but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Shared by unknown, just lucky to have my glass there at the right time.. Pours a bit of a darker orange color. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, darker fruits and some malt that was really pleasant. A little bit of carmel/vanilla on the palate, decently complex. Finish has some wood and minor sweetness. Excellent offering, too bad it was so limited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Poured a brown amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, bourbon, cherries, toast, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, dark fruits, cherries, vanilla, and bourbony alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
It was dark out so the color appeared dark amber with ruby highlights put up to light. Aroma is nice. Bourbon, vanilla, cherry pie. Very smooth. Flavor is sweet, touch of cherry pie sourness but not really tart at all. Smooth vanilla and wood with hints of bourbon. Alcohol seemed really well hidden. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2010
BCTC 2010, courtesy of ????. Murky golden orange pour, sherry like. notes of cherry, orange marmalade, booze, nougat, wine like sweetness. Bourbon marinated cherries. lots of flavor, very nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Finally getting around to drinking both of the Splinter beers I got from the release last year, shared with Nate. The Red didn’t excite me too much as the base beer, Mad Elf is really overly sweet for me. Poured a dark red amber with a small head. Head shrinks down to a light ring. A lot of brown sugar, bourbon, and maybe chocolate in the aroma. Pretty nice and way different than the base beer. Malty, tons of bourbon, some fruits like figs and dates maybe. The sweetness of Mad Elf was really tempered here. Light clove-like spices work nicely with the bourbon. Not that complex but a winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Big thanks to Albert for this gem. Pours a deep, clear amber with a small head with lots of big bubbles that recedes to a collar and some sticky legs along the sides. The aroma is massive on bourbon with tons of vanilla but it’s the wood that balances out the underlying caramelized sugar, dark fruits and even some chocolate. The taste is big on bourbon as well with an initial sting which left no doubt about the barrel presence. The hefty caramel malt backbone holds up well with the bourbon giving way to the sweetness of the caramel as well as raisins and plums. There is also a hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky sweet, but with a burning whiskey presence in the finish. The dryness of the oak also adds to the character. This is a very good ale that is really hot right now with a ton of bourbon which could take some time to smooth out. Nonetheless, very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
750ml bottle via trade thanks to the extremely generous Deuane on BeerAdvocate. Yeah, Harrisburg! Shared with a small tasting group. Well, the cork took some real effort to get out. Reminiscent of some Lost Abbey bottles I’ve had in the past. Not usually a good sign. As expected, it pours a pretty much flat cloudy red color. No head. Really nice nose on this beer. It has Mad Elf’s prominent cherry notes and winter spices. A little tartness comes through, as well as considerable barrel notes: oak, vanilla, and bourbon. I’m not the biggest fan of Mad Elf, so I was interested to see how the flavors on this one would change. As I had hoped, the barrel-aging worked quite well. The sweetness has been muted a bit and replaced with very subtle tartness. Sweet/tart cherries, oak, spice, vanilla, and very subtle bourbon. Medium-full bodied with almost no carbonation. Dammit, with a few more bubbles this could be a great beer! Bummer about the lack of carbonation, but overall it’s a well-done beer besides that. Others didn’t want much of it, but I enjoyed the considerable amount I had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Side by side with the non barrelled version. Pour muddy brown orange with no head. Nose is mostly vanilla and Bourbon. Same in the flavor with some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and sweet finish.

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