Splinters | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
blackravenbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale that has been aged in various Kentucky bourbon barrels. After many months of aging, the barrels are then blended together to form Splinters.

Added by barleywinefiend on 05-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,678
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
76
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
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19
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of VashonGuy
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle dated 11/2016, so just about two years old.

Splinters is a reddish copper color, fairly clear, with a light tan head that disappears quickly. The smell is caramel. The taste is ... well, there's a lot going on in this stuff. Cherries, toffee, vanilla, some wood, and then the bourbon. For a bourbon barrel aged beer, the bourbon isn't too strong, although it kicks in more at the end. I'd say the bourbon is a nicely integrated part of the whole package, rather than being the headline story.

The body is fairly light, but I think that's a feature not a bug. The ABV is pretty apparent.

As others have remarked, this isn't exactly a classic Scotch Ale. It's closer to an English Barleywine, and an excellent one at that. I'll be looking for more bottles to put away for a year or two.

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Photo of FalconOne
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle dated 11/16/16, enjoyed 02/20/18.
A: Pours a deep mahogany with a cream head that dissipates and leaves some lacing.
S: Dark cherry, oak, vanilla, leather.
T: Largely follows nose, some sweetness, bourbon barrel is present but nicely balanced.
M: Average, maybe a little thin but it doesn’t detract from the experience.
O: Nicely done, really opens up as it warms.

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Photo of Grackos
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a burgundy color with a pancake batter colored head. Looked a little thin when pouring. The aromas were of cocktail cherries, dark fruits, and notes of bourbon. The taste followed through exactly. Tasted maraschino cherries as well as some prunes and ton of oak that stayed around through the aftertaste. As it warmed the bourbon became very rich at the finish and lingered around with the heat after each sip. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with noticeable heat. Overall it's not exactly what I expected. Seemed to take more after a barleywine or maybe a wheat wine. Just a bit too sweet with an over abundance of cherries.

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L-Dark red nearly brown no head.

S-Banana, fruity, boozey. Could smell it all night.

T-Banana, fruity right up front. Back end has a bitter hit I can't explain. Almost a savory really. Hard to explain. Is this the peat that people talk about from Scotch?

F-Bit more carbonation than I'd like but it's nothing to grimace over. It's beer. Duh.

O-First time ever trying this Brewery through Tavour. I've another bottle to save for later. Not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Metaltildeath
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rkarimi
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7-10

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reswald
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to kemoarps for another delicious PNW treat.

Beautiful, thick looking clear cordovan, with a finger of off white head that kicks back to bare cap and persistent ring. Pretty beer.

Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, floral, deep jammy sweet, and hints of roasty malt. Add some righteous alcohol spice and you have a cranking medium strength aroma that causes salivary glands to fire in appreciation.

Caramel and treacle front all the flavors of the aroma, and some righteous light herbal bitter comes along as well, to make a sip that is just delicious. Very clean and balanced presentation of deliciosity.

Medium viscosity, medium/light body, and clean linger make a mouthfeel and finish that frame this baby's goodness so that it shines.

Excellent Scotch Ale, and the barrel treatment isn't over the top, just the right accompaniment to do wonders for the drinkability and complexity. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful aroma of whiskey with some peat but not too smoky. Why not just age a strong ale in some peaty Scotch barrels? Dark golden brown with adequate foam and plenty of swirls in the Ciney snifter.

Banana is the persistent flavor. Malty and rich. Crazy sweet caramel but the hot alcohol livens it up. Very tasty and sippable strong brew. I had no idea there were 140 Scotch Ales on BA that are 10% ABV or over.

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Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/12/2016

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant experience and a very smooth nearly 11% ABV beer. Initial aroma of bourbon and dark fruit. Pours a clear mahogany with minimal head. Bought 2 bottles from Tavour in Seattle with the intent of cellaring one and drinking one. Hope I can wait.

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Splinters from Black Raven Brewing Co.
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