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Splinter Black - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Splinter BlackSplinter Black

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BA SCORE
85
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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cwps48

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-21-2012 16:53:43 | More by cwps48
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-16-2012 06:51:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, thanks Chris.

Pours a dark black ruby tinges against light. Dark khaki head, creamy and thick, with great retention. Oaky and roast nose, slightly sweet and malty with trace vanilla in the finish. Still a little over carbonated but has gotten better with age and a silky, pleasant texture is now present. Flavor has milk chocolate, roast malt, slightly charred oak, vanilla. Bottle variation aside, some of these bottles aren't terrible and don't deserve the rap they get. Still not an A stout, but worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:59:14 | More by yourefragile
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-01-2012 19:56:33 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-31-2011 14:20:11 | More by acurtis
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -47.2%

12-23-2011 23:50:25 | More by jophish17
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-19-2011 23:25:40 | More by djrn2
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black liquid with dense brown head. The nose is woody, roasted malts, light notes of booze, dry and ashy with some chocolate sprinkled in. The flavor has wood and booze up front, ashy malts, notes of cherries and a bit of sweet malt in the back. Medium body and assertive, balanced carbonation. Tastes almost slightly infected with an off cherry sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 16:06:03 | More by cpetrone84
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle from GoGriz in a trade way back. Thanks for the good times man!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a 3 finger, medium looking, fizzy, light mocha head with great retention. Black body and higher levels of carbonation evident for the style. Head slowly fades to a huge foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A full cap remains and leaves some decent bubbly lacing down the glass. Too thin and carbonated for the style, but leaves some nice lacing as well.

SMELL: Big nose. Roasted notes, pure chocolate and lots of brown sugar. Light vanilla notes with milk chocolate from the oak barrel. A hint of alcohol as well.

TASTE: Some roasted notes up front and some sweet brown sugar, but a little empty at the beginning really. Some dark chocolate and hints of vanilla at the swallow before a medium strength and persistent oak, sugary and boozy aftertaste. Quite underwhelming, unfortunately, and quite sugary and boozy. The description on the tag was much better.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Quite light on the palate, goes down fine but with a good alcohol burn at the swallow. Finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Too carbonated, light, and boozy still.

OVERALL: So this is a B+ beer on here? Pretty awesome. This is not horrible, but it’s just not much of anything. The flavor is relatively empty for the style, and the feel is just too light and carbonated for a big imperial stout. The booze could be toned back a bit as well. I’d suggest just reading the description on the tag, enjoying that, then drinking anything else. Though this was a disappointment, I’d been looking forward to trying it for quite some time. Thanks again for the opportunity GoGriz.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 14:18:22 | More by Jeffo
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-05-2011 02:33:25 | More by JohneHoodlum
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

12-04-2011 18:20:52 | More by whallgren
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-25-2011 16:44:48 | More by nmann08
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-24-2011 19:48:12 | More by Exiled
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joefc

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-23-2011 04:15:41 | More by joefc
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dpowers

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-22-2011 06:01:07 | More by dpowers
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LockeSD

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

11-22-2011 02:58:28 | More by LockeSD
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nanobrew

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

11-18-2011 07:15:59 | More by nanobrew
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-17-2011 23:31:02 | More by Photekut
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-16-2011 14:17:54 | More by sideshowe
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chcfan

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-16-2011 13:26:34 | More by chcfan
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oline73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of tan head and good retention. Smells slightly sweet with a nice roasted malt note. The taste is sweet and roasty. Mild vanilla and chocolate. The body is too thin but the carb level is a bit high.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:11:02 | More by oline73
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-16-2011 02:57:22 | More by funkyaudio
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billzee

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-15-2011 21:14:13 | More by billzee
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-15-2011 19:33:38 | More by aglose45
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doughanson78

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 08:14:01 | More by doughanson78
Splinter Black from Tröegs Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.