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Tröegs Splinter Black

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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Troegs Imperial Stout aged in an American oak barrel with coco nibs and vanilla beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6214) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
bottle, solid Imperial stout. black pour, somewhat flat. dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, wood notes. good flavor, good mouthfeel. nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
In short: An enormously sweet big stout with a moderate oak presence. For those with a serious sweet tooth.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed with some age on it.
The look: Black body topped by a very large tan head with good retention.
In long: Nose is rich sweet black stuff (molasses, vanilla extract, etc.) along with roasted oak. Pleasant mouthfeel that offers the expected 11% brew super-full body but also a generous active carbonation, far from syrupy texture this beer is actually quite lively in mouth. Taste is monstrously sweet, the brutal sweetness of this thing is of Southern Tier or Cigar City proportion. Burnt vanilla cake, vanilla extract, distant chocolate, black liquorice, oak, ink, salty soy sauce, and a ton of sugars. An excessive sweetness without the richness sensation of good uber-sweet beers, sugars and more sugars. Nothing “bad” here, just really not my thing. I paid good money for this disappointing beer but I wasn’t able to feel any anger or sadness because Trent Reznor felt it all on the Downward Spiral album.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"Not a gusher, but based on the very prickly carbonation it may have been an off bottle (which makes me really want to try another since other than the feel it was pretty damn good). Hard to get over the pin-prick carbonation, but the aroma and flavor have a healthy dose of vanilla atop a chocolate and roasted malt background. only hints at 11%. hope to try again."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near black with a thin beige head. The nose is roasted malt and a strange funkiness. The taste is coffee, roasted malt and light chocolate. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Dark fruit, anise, wood, chocolate, leather, and coffee grounds. Bittersweet, a little bit of umami. Lively, smooth, full bodied, but a little thinner than expected. Black, opaque, thin tan head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6602) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours jet black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet roasted with hoppy and chocolate notes. Later notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor is sweet black roasted with chocolate and oak notes. Light woody with some coffee and nutty notes. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3883) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Poured a dark black color with aromas if roast, chocolate, some musk, light vanilla, light wood and some earth. Flavors followed suit with some light dryness, sold beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2014
750ml bottle via IP trade with orangesol. Black with a frothy mocha head. Roasted malt, coffee, some "attic" musk but in a good way that seems to mellow and yet enhance and balance things at the same time, dry chocolate, smooth, some oak, hint of vanilla bean skin but not too sweet. Moderate carbonation and body, chocolate, slightly chalky with a bit of lactose, although I haven’t had it before seems to be slightly past its prime but still tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Nice and oaky, some chocolate, some smoke and licorice. Hint of tobacco at the finish. Thanks for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle from kramer. Thanks! This pours black in color; lots of carbonation, with a big tan head on top shedding thick lacing. The aroma has whiffs of molasses, leather, charred wood, dark fruit, and slight funky berry note making me think of a possible infection but that didn’t seem to be the case. Pretty tasty stuff; better than expected but the higher than normal carbonation does throw it out of whack. It’s far too prickly on the palate. I pick up mocha, plum, sweet caramel, quite a bit of oak, with a slick chocolaty finish with some campfire wood too. There’s certainly some alcohol heft here, which isn’t surprising. I wouldn’t say this was hard to drink though, it just becomes a bit of a chore the more you get into it but I’m not the biggest fan of Imperial Stouts. A good one to share, for sure. I do think this would have been much better if it wasn’t overly carbed but that wasn’t a killer either.

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