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Tröegs Splinter Gold

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The transformation of Scratch #3-2007 to Splinter Gold has been a slow rest in oak wine barrels dosed with brettanomyces. During a two-year aging period the horsy flavors of the brett combined with the Westmalle yeast used during primary fermentation to create a complex blend of flavors. Bone-dry and 12% abv, Splinter Gold is highly carbonated.

Splinter Red and Gold are both limited to 300 bottles and will only be available at the Tröegs Brewery Giftshop/Tasting Room.

2013 Splinter Gold originates from the Scratch #3 Triple recipe and is fully fermented with Westmalle yeast. The beer is then inoculated with two barrels of Splinter Gold (2010) infusing the beer with Brettanomyces for a secondary fermentation in oak wine barrels from Allegro Winery & Vineyards and virgin Pennsylvania oak barrels sourced from Keystone Cooperage. Three years in the making, Splinter Gold is a highly-carbonated, bone-dry wild ale boasting a rich Bret “funk” married with lush vanilla, toasted coconut, and oaky tannins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7849) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce at the 2014 Mega Tasting. It pours hazy golden with a small beige head and a few floaters. The taste is wood, musty, barnyard, coconut, vanilla, manure, funk and spice. The taste is tart, bready, acidic, funk, musty/blue cheese, white grape skin, big alcohol kick, wood and vanilla with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit hot and acidic for my liking. Would have probably have preferred this with a bit less alcohol. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3354) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at the London tasting full of bat shit crazy ABV’s. This one just starting to kick things off thanks to Bruce. Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Nose is stewed apple, apricot marmalade, mild vinegar and a touch sugary, with juicy nectarine. Taste is sticky and sweet marmalade, zesty mandarin, banana, touch spice driven and a whack of boozy heat. To be fair though, for the ABV, the booze is hidden very well. Not bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (12580) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London during the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Thanks to Bruce for this PA whale. Pours lightly hazy gold with a creamy white head. The nose has wood, slight medicinal notes, a bit of toffee, mandarin orange. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of moist wood, sugary malts, tart citrus, lots of orange, vanilla, light acidic burn. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with tons of pale wood, honey, sugary pale malts, bread, toffee. The wood is strong here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2639) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy burn orange pour with a white head. Mild tropical fruit and caramel malt aromas. Taste pretty much follows suit. Decent body and mouthfeel. Sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5803) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
1st Batch Bottle (circa 2007) courtesy of Eric at his October 2013 tasting. Pours a hazy golden body with nice thin, white lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, lemon funk, tart vinegar and a dry character. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of dark fruits and alcohol coming through first, followed by vanilla, oak, lemon funk, spice, yeast, clove and wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1902) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Pours a pale yellow color. Aroma of tart and sour apple. Tart pucker taste. Bottle share at voodoo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (1393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottleshare at Voodoo barrelroom release. Poured cloudy dark orange with white head. Tangy sour aroma. Super tangy sour taste. Phew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Batch 2 bottle, 08/08/2013, thanks to franch and ceight, Pours dark golden amber, thin off-white head, fades to a haze on the surface, soapy lacing around the glass. Aroma is fruity malts, sweet caramel, green grapes and rich vanilla, apple brandy, sharp oaky vinous finish. Taste is golden caramel malts, tart green apples and spices, strong vanilla oak finish. Thick, creamy body, yet fairly boozy still. Really nice and complex, looking forward to see how this one ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1304) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Pretty darn boozy as the oak-bourbon barrels and tripel yeast put in work. Funky/oaky. Glad I got to try this but it really needs some time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
orangesol (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2013 *First and foremost, my scores reflect Batch 1, while the words reflect Batch 2*
This beer is still a Brett’d Triple, people need to remember that.... Bottle at the Brewery.
A - Pours hazy golden orange with a nice one and a half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving small strings of lace down parts of the glass. Nowhere near as much carbonation as Batch 1 had.
S - Smells of mild sugary sweetness, decent amount of barnyard funk from all that brett, white wine and oak from the barrels and a touch of booze. A bit of tropical fruitiness comes out as it warms to room temperature. A simple, yet complex nose.
T - Much like the nose, this one starts off with a dose of sugary sweetness that quickly gives way to hints of oak tannins, mild citric fruit, white grape skins and plenty of horse blanket / barnyard funk. Booze is ever present but it doesn’t really ever become a major player. Finish is quite dry, leaving the palate dried long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Fizzy feel that slowly dies down over the coarse of the glass. Nowhere near as bone dry as Batch 1 was, that was nearly Champaign.
O - This is still one of the better Wild Ale’s out there. I personally preferred Batch 1 by a wide margin, that bone dry feel just had me coming back for more and more, but this batch has the potential to be just as good or better in the long run. If you ever have the chance to try this one I strongly suggest you do, you won’t be disappointed.

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