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Tröegs Splinter Black

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2011
(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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2011
750ml bottle shared thanks to Tom L. Poured a dark black color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of dark chocolate, wood/oak, licorice and roasty. Tastes of wood, chooclate, vanilla, roast, and molasses.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Extremely dark brown color. Aroma of boozy chocolate. Taste is bourbon and chocolate, thick and chewy. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Dark chocolate and light cherry nose with just a touch of vanilla. The taste is fairly dry with lots of dark bitter chocolate, some vanilla, some bourbon and a touch of prune. Finishes quite dry and bitter. Really seems they used a wine yeast on this to get this level of attenuation. Quite impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
75cl bottle, thanks tarheels86. Small tan head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, light roast, Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate/syrup, light Bourbon. Sticky medium-full body.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (848) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Thick, oily, black pour with a bubbly brown head. Aroma of intense roasted malts, chocolate, mocha, vanilla, wood, and smoke. Powerful flavor. Sweet and malty but has a bitter chocolate and hop bite. Dry, smokey finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3473) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours jet black and rather thick with a large tan head that soon settles to a finger or two. Good lacing. The aroma is amazing, even for this great style. Big rich sweet malt notes, chocolate and caramel, along with vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and maybe even some smoke. The flavor is big and bold. Rather sweet flavor, big toffee, roast, sweet dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, spice, and oak. Very smooth and slick mouthfeel with full body. Carbonation just a little too high. Other than that though, a damn good beer. Really liked this, but maybe I’m just a homer.


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