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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5210) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2011
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.

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 (3585) - 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 (8742) - 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 (9189) - 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 (13413) - 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.


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