pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from a recent trade... Pours a darker stouty profile, slick in nature, with an aggressive medium tan fluffy white head... Aroma dark fruit , molasses, and light chocolate essence, light oak with very little bourbon actually... Flavors are sweeter in nature with a light roast, vanilla component with an extended residual sugar and molasses presence. Body is somewhat thin and too lively and airy of a carbonation level.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy of a generous PA trader.
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in black in the glass with an enormous bubbly tan head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down to a thick cap.
Aroma is dark chocolate, black malts and tons of barrel characteristics with smoke, spicy oak, and vanilla. Decent but really heavy on the oak.
The taste is actually better than the taste for me. It’s got a big, thick chocolate malt backbone with cocoa powder and some dark fruits. The finish is where the oak comes back in and leaves the palate tingling with oak and charred malts.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and seriously smooth and creamy with lots of carbonation. The finish is all about the barrel and the high carbonation offsets the barrel a bit.
This is a decent oak-aged stout. Certainly not terrible but it does have lots of oak and charred character in it so be prepared.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] shared by DalzAle. Thanks Greg! Pours black with a large tan head. Aroma is weird, fusels, roasty, coffee, bitter chocolate, and no evidence of barrel character. Flavor is better. Smooth chocolate, soft carbonation despite the large head, creamy, highly attenuated, coffee, lightly astringent, quite bittersweet, but really no evidence of the barrel aging.
brokensail (13680) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: The pour lives up to the name and is pretty much black in color with a sizable mocha colored head.
S: The oak blows your doors off right out of the gate. It’s incredibly fresh and almost green. Very, very roasty with a bit of bitter dark chocolate and coffee. Some more oak for good measure.
T: Roasted malts start things off and the bitter dark chocolate follows quickly behind. There is maybe just a touch of vanilla, but otherwise it’s back to the oak. The flavor is reminiscent of putting oak chips/cubes/staves/spirals in your mouth. Also a bit of booze is in there.
M: The body is decent enough, we’ll say medium, with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Not at all what I was expecting. This beer just is totally overwhelmed by the oak character (and not in a good way). I had this multiple times and came away with the same impression every time.
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to BeerThursdays on BA. Dark black pour, a little light creamy carbonation and an aroma of dark chocolate. Flavor is black licorice, bitter chocolate, a little boozy and very hoppy/dry on the finish. Good and worth trading for, but don’t trade away anything epic for it.
nimbleprop (6106) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle pours a opaque black with a frothy, beige head. Nose is woody, malty, dark breads, lots of Belgian chocolate. Flavor is sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, dark chocolate. The wood finally showed up in the nose when the entire glass warmed, but the wood flavor is basically non-existent. I’ve had much better barrel aged beers.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks a lot to shadowane for busting this out at our stout tasting.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter edges and a two finger frothy light mocha colored head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with hints of earthy oak, chocolate, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and dry Brett. I’m not picking up a tn of chocolate and hardly any vanilla at all. The prominent characteristic in the nose is Brett and oak. It doesn’t smell terribly complex. Hopefully the flavor and mouthfeel are a bit of an improvement.
Slightly oxidized with with lots of tight carbonation of front that takes away from the mouthfeel. Lots of dry tart brett dominating the flavor. Very dry with slight hints of cocoa and a lot of earthy oak. I’m not picking up much of the barrel and no vanilla at all. One dimensional and possibly on the way to infection.
I had high expectations for this beer. This was my first of the Splinter Series but it was highly disappointing. Not viscous at all, hardly any chooclate, minimal bourbon, slightly oxidized and no vanilla.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark black with a fluffy tan head. Very roasty malt aroma, almost smokey, with lots of cocoa notes as well as the wood that it’s aged in. Flavor starts off dark and rich and roasty malts mixing with the cocoa and a very light touch of vanilla and smoke. Definitely get some wood and licorice near the end with a very smooth and lightly sweet aftertaste. A bit thin for an IS but definitely didn’t taste the alcohol.
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL. Poured a deep brown to near black with an excellent, healthy, brown head with great retention and good webby lace. Aroma is vanilla bean, creme de cacao, light brine, and even something that is white grape and vinous in character. Some brandy notes and orange cognac come through. Taste is boozy, soft, char. Really a beautiful palate: softly carbonated, great woody and tannic bitterness balancing vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. Woody, tannic, spicy and dry in the finish. Excellent.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown opaque pour. Nice dark tan head. Woody aroma with pine, vanilla, cream, and bourboin. Slightly sweet. Tons of bourbon and vanilla. Chocolate. Bitter, piny hop finish.