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Splinters - Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 05-11-2010)
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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Unbelievably smooth for 11.1%, this bourbon barrel aged Second Sight tastes like it was aged in a very high quality brandy (or even cognac) barrel. There is lots of yellow and red fruity complexity, with plums outstanding, and just enough peat flavor to belie its origins. I could sniff this stuff all day, and I would definitely recommend a brandy snifter to capture all the subtle nuances. It's definitely sweet, on balance, and it reminds me of The Bruery's Bois, but, unlike that brew, it never crosses over into undrinkably cloying. Highly recommended.

Impfan, Sep 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

kslsc400, Jun 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

DOCRW, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ShanePB, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ScreamForMe, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of mv945
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

mv945, May 23, 2012
Photo of TheEarl
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had Splinters from a tulip, at the taproom, June 1, 2012.
Appearance: Splinters is a very dark red/brown, with a slight, wispy head, and medium/light carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by dark fruit (plum, prune, cherry, berry) and bourbon.

Taste: The taste is extremely sweet with very aggressive caramel, vanilla, honey, fruit, and malty notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is sticky, smooth, and viscous.

Overall: Splinters is exceptional but, by no means, subtle. The bourbon character comes through, in its full complexity, without making the beer too woody. That said, this beer is very sweet and rich and, even though I loved it and look forward to having this beer many more times, 12 ounces was almost more than I could handle in a sitting.

TheEarl, Jun 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kevwcamp, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AirborneBeer, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TysonA, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Birdlegs, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ijaap, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Kurmaraja, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

zekeman17, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Rochefort10nh, Aug 13, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

abeeronthebeach, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of NWer
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a tulip glass. Too cold. Pour is dark, minimal foam rings the glass. Aroma is light and fruity with no hint of what is to follow. First impression on the palate is the strong overpowering bourbon taste. Follows is a sweet malty smoothness. Great sipping beer. A little overpowering by the end. Too much of a good thing. In the lounge at Black Raven in a state of complete bliss.

NWer, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

mdaschaf, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CaptainQ, Sep 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

510a, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

HuskyinPDX, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Splinters was explained to me as a barrel aged version of Second Sight

A: Poured a deep maroon color with a dirty white head, good carbonation. Looked delicious

S: Bam. Vanilla, wood bourbon, caramel, toffee

T: Great. Sweet caramel, malts, toffee, big vanilla presence about midway and it is good. The only other thing I wanted in this beer is peat, which is a personal preference on my Wee Heavy/Scottish Ales

M: Sweet, sticky, easy to drink, dangerously smooth, carbonated well

D: Drink some. Very good and recommended.

barleywinefiend, May 11, 2010
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Splinters from Black Raven Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.