imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2009
First rating on this guy. Tap at High St. Beerfest. Pour is deep ruby/amber with a frothy caramel colored head. Aromas of cherries, warming burbon, sweet candy, and dark fruits. Flavor is outstanding. Right up front you get cherries, candy, and malt. In the finish the burbon really comes through making this one a sipper. Much more mellow than regular Mad Elf and down right good. Try this one if you get a chance! Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Very exciting to see this. High st beer fest. Poured dark amber with white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, and bourbon. Very smooth bourbon texture with some caramel and cherries. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Deuane for busting this out at our tasting.
Pours a deep, dark ruby red color with dark golden mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that quickly dissipates into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Complex aroma with an interesting combination of bourbon, honey, vanilla and sweet cherry. Slight earthy oak with prominent bourbon in the nose along with some sweet vanilla that compliments the cherry and honey presence. Much more bourbon in the aroma than I expected but it doesn’t completely overpower the other characteristics. Hopefully the flavor holds up.
On the fuller end of medium body with a very unique balance of flavors. The idea of bourbon barrel aging a beer like Mad Elf seems like a strange idea but it definitely paid off. The barrel presence is prominent up front with a healthy dose of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Although the bourbon flavor is strong the beer isn’t hot at all really and is well balanced by the sweeter characteristics. Lots of sweet dark cherry and honey notes compliment the vanilla and really mellow out the bourbon presence quite nicely. Slightly vinous with other dark fruit flavors and subtle warmth in the finish. I’m not sure what the ABV is but the alcohol is excellently masked making this complex beer dangerously drinkable.
I wasn’t too sure about this beer going in but I absolutely loved it. My favorite of the Splinter Series so far. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Big thanks to E-Light aka SpoolinVW who brought this to the inaugural "Imminent Liquidation Bottle Share" event. Bottle poured into a taster glass.
A - Pours light red; with a good amount of floaters; with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lacing down the glass.
S - Some tart cheery puree, vanilla, honey, dry oak, and some light bourbon heat. Good overall balance but still a tiny bit too hot. Still very good tho.
T - Exactly what you would expect if you put Mad Elf in a bourbon barrel. Tart cherries, sweet malt, honey, and vanilla mix well with the light bourbon heat and dry oak. Finish is still a bit hot with some lingering tart dryness. I liked this a year ago and now I love it. Wish I still had a few bottles of this...
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice smooth feel with a tiny bit of lingering heat in the finish.
D - Very good. I am a fan of the normal version of Mad Elf and this one is no different. I had this at the release and it was still pretty raw and hot but a year in the bottle has really done this one some good. It is now quite smooth and enjoyable. Glad I finally got enough to review it properly. thomaspwrs (11) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Awesome. Finally broke open this treasured bottle. My wife went to the brewery and waited in line for hours to be lucky enough to get a bottle or Splinter Red and Splinter Gold. We’ve been aging it for years. Now, at four years we popped the cork... which was no easy task in itself. The Red is... awesome. Not much carbonation. Aroma is balanced sweet and warm with a bit of berry and vanilla. Flavor is malt, cherries and honey, balanced by oak and bourbon. Appearance is a pleasant rich red-amber. Some moderate sediment in the bottle. This is a lovely brew.
Nejhleader (1561) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2010
broke open a bottle for the super bow, Has a nice vanilla and honey aroma with a hint of whiskey. Body is decent, taste is pretty much a mad elf with hints of whiskey in it, which is an awesome blend. Nice brew. 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. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Draft at the Beer at the Big House tasting. I had several samples of this knowing that I will probably never see it again and since it was so damn tasty. Poured a susprisingly clear burnt orange amber body with a small whiteish frothy head. Sweet aroma with notes of cherry, vanilla, bourbon and honey. Tastes of cherries, bourbon, wood, and some grassy hops. Very smoth body with slight carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. So suprised about how smooth this 11% monster drank, really well done. egajdzis (6589) - 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. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Shared 750ml bottle thanks to Tom. Poured a deeper amber color with a small sized head. Pinkish/reddish tint. Aromas of wood, some spices, bourbon, and lighter cherries. Tastes of cherries, vanilla, vanilla cream, dark fruits, and bourbon. Bourbon on the subtle side.