xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Aroma is bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and slightly faded hops. Candy-sweet and well integrated, this beer is slightly oxidized on the nose and has nice barrel elements.
Taste is slightly oxidized, slightly sour, caramel candy, faded hops, and sweet bitter alcohol.
Finish is sweet, cloying and slightly sour and alcoholic. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Thanks Jason. The beer pours to a red murky body (I had a later pour) with a very thin white head. The aroma is lavender and honeysuckle with other sweet malt/spice. The flavor is sweet honeysuckle, mead-like, lavender, and light cherries. Perhaps a dash of coconut. The palate is sweet and medium-full bodied, but isn’t sticky or lingering. Ughsmash (7508) - 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. j12601 (12000) - 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. 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.
egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, 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. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, 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. swoopjones (7020) - 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 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. 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.