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Splinter Black - Tröegs Brewing Company

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very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 19%
Wants: 90
Gots: 73 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: fiver29 on 10-21-2010)
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Photo of jethrodium
2.73/5  rDev -28%

Bottle courtesy of totoropanda. Thanks Daniel. Pours a dark black with small tan chocolate head with good retention and some light lacing. The aroma is roasty with dark chocolate and lots of oak as well as a mineral note. A little bit of brown sugar and alcohol as well. The taste is sweet and oaky, very oaky with lots of roasty dark chocolate. The finish is oaky and astringent with bitter dark chocolate. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Not that great. Way too much oak and quite astringent.

jethrodium, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ncaudle, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Satchboogie, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of tedho21
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

tedho21, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

fehrminator, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Served in a Troegs cervoise, the amber glass. My biggest complaint? This is overcarbonated. Beer is black with a huge dark brown head, small and medium bubbles, some lacing, too much retention, the head is a barrier to the beer and stop me from properly enjoying it. I'm bummed out by the carbonation level.

Aroma is chocolate, roast, malt, sweet. Smells good.

Why were people bitching about this beer? Not rare enough? It is rich, full in body, sweet dark chocolate, nice oakiness, a well rounded stout with a nice finish. I'd definitely have this again. Whiners.

drabmuh, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

3Hops, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

klipper, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

chrispoint, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
4/5  rDev +5.5%

monitorpop, May 20, 2012
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

freduardo, May 17, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev +5.5%

IdrinkGas, May 15, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

JRod1969, May 08, 2012
Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

antoines15, May 06, 2012
Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BMart, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to ZX6Chris for sharing this one while waiting in line for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a really foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap. Thick chunks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is of dark roasted malt, char, and cocoa beans. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but nothing all that special.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of ZX6Chris
1/5  rDev -73.6%

ZX6Chris, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev +5.5%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BeerThursdays, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Bottle shared at a tasting tonight with a few local yokels.

Pours black with some sharp crimson highlights when backlit. Enormous billow of cumulus cloudage upon pouring. Lacing is haphazard.

Slightly soured milk chocolate and sharp cherry twang.

Big roast up front turns to a sharp, semi acrid milk chocolate bite with a puff of smoke. Lightly sour cherries dance across the proceedings and the finish yields a healthy dash of vanilla and a lingering off flavor of tannic acedic cherry.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light on the tongue. A bit off for an imperial stout.

Overall, this has the making of an infection that has not destroyed this beer, but has played a number on it. To be fair, I continued to return to the bottle to give it its just desserts. I didn't find it a failure, but rather more in the vein of Hellshire II. A decent imperial stout that battled its shortcomings, but couldn't quite rise above.

BarrytheBear, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of groetman
4/5  rDev +5.5%

groetman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev +5.5%

brendaniel, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

hoppymcgee, Jan 22, 2012
Splinter Black from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.