drowland (6148) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/22/11. 750mL bottle courtesy dfclav. Opaque black pour with a nice big tan head that lasts. The aroma is huge oak with a touch of sour in there as well, on top of a bit of roast and chocolate. Sweet flavor of chocolate with a touch of vanilla, a ton of lingering roast, and a dash of sour. Pretty disappointing, as I was expecting a lot more vanilla and chocolate.
KornDogg (537) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Priest. Roasted malts, chocolate, licorice aroma. Dark/black body with tan head. Flavor begins with roasted chocolate and sweetness, fruity... Coffee, nicely balanced with vanilla and oak. Licorice/ cola finish. An interesting and tasty beer....
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Opened this bottle at our post-Christmas tasting in Chicago. Served in my Cantillon tulip.
I’ll say straight for the start--I was quite disappointed in this, especially after having read all the reviews and having really enjoyed all the other Splinter releases. Pours near black with a nice tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The aroma is plenty roasty with some chocolate and vanilla. Quite a bit of roast. The taste follows along the same lines. I really got quite a bit of roasted malt and the oak, vanilla, and chocolate were sitting in the background. Mouthfeel is the same with plenty of roast and a bit of a dryness from the oak character. I really wasn’t a big fan of how much roasted malt was here, as it really took away from some of the better aspects of the beer. Hoping this gets better with time and I’ll find another bottle to try, but maybe it just wasn’t for me.
Had a second bottle thanks to Pete and my initial thoughts are confirmed. Too roasty and not nearly as complex as I would hope. One dimensional.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of roast, black licorice, coffee, and vanilla. It pours a dark bqith with some orange highlights when held to the light. It has a small beige ring around the edges of the glass for a head. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and fruit. There’s a good black licorice licorice backbone. The finish is roasted coffee, vanilla, and oak. Medium bodied with lively carbonation for an Imperial Stout...and even more so for a barrel aged one.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG pours black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is roast, smoke, thin vanilla and oak. Flavor is smoke and ash, like licking an ashtray, really astringent finish with extremely light barrel notes.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Mike, poured into my Narke tulip...Black pour with some nice light tan head, good looking...The aroma is pretty good, lots of chocolate, a little vanilla and oak. Sweet and bitter contrast that is really nice helps more than the actual aromas here. Vanilla doesn’t come through as strong as you think it should...Taste is ok, nothing special. Oak, chocolate and missing the vanilla?? An average ba stout, nothing more.
Wouldn’t trade for this.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark pour, brown head. Very ashy aroma, some extremely light barrel, bitter chocolate, charcoal. Flavor is overly ashy with an underlying sweet beer. Not a good combo. Really underwhelming.
douglas88 (6306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head. A sweet nose of cocoa, oak, smoke and ash. The flavor is quite mellow; ashy, smokey, dry earthy flavors, some roast, oak, vanilla, quite smokey actually. Enjoyable. Not hot at all for 11%.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Full bottle just for me.
4.5 A: The reports of overcarbonation had me worried enough to open this over the sink. I appeared to be lucky and so far so good. Black color. First pour yielded about four fingers of head, but nowhere near gusher level. Second pour got me to my desired level with about two and a half fingers of super creamy mocha cappucino head. Very good retention and a thick ring of lacing. Would be a 5.0 without the overcarbonation issue.
4.5 S: Impressive! The raw oakiness is strong, though not overly done. Though the oak flavor itself is nice, the accompanying vanillins and spiciness are well received. Cacao nibs add a secondary layer of depth along with a subtle roastiness. A bit of sweet molasses to overcome what would be a dry aroma.
4.0 T: Again, the oak has some strength to it, but isn’t overly done. (Believe me, I know what overly done tastes like.) Oak, vanilla, hot spiciness, a touch of booze. Cacao and semi-sweet chocolate and a molasses sweetness. Just a touch of roastiness. Big flavors are for the most part very welcoming. This is reasonably sweet and I think this would benefit a lot from a stronger roastiness. Still, very good.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. The carbonation is a bit aggressive, but not so much that it distracts. Reasonably creamy and fairly smooth. If this was a bit thicker, it would have been given a better score.
4.5 D: It would appear that I got a good bottle. The oak is aggressive, but well within the range of what is acceptable. The carbonation is indeed a bit high, but again within acceptable limits. The taste was borderline 4.5 and I wasn’t displeased with drinking the whole bottle, so drinkibility is a 4.5. Good brew and as long as I keep getting good bottles, I hope the bottle variation continues. Driving out to Harrisburg is no picnic.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-22-2011 04:10:31
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown beer and whispy brown head. Very very earthy, dirty, tobacco-like nose. Maybe a little chocolate underneath and some oak influence. Flavors had a large heap of brown sugar to the earthiness to create a mouthfeel of red man chewing tobacco. Little vanilla from the barrell but way too sweet.