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

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Added by barleywinefiend on 05-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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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.

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Photo of beefandbean22
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Metaltildeath
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kslsc400
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mv945
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TheEarl
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark rich bronze amber with a thin, patchy light khaki head that maintains a wide ring around the glass with light lacing. Awesome aroma of bourbon, caramel malt, dark fresh fruit with a hint of woodiness and peat. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon changing to finish with fresh plum and dark berry juice with oak and a hint of peat and vanilla. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Does not fit exactly to a classic Scotch ale profile, sweeter and fruitier, with less caramale malt flavor and very subdued peat smokiness. On the other hand, it has a really nice and interesting flavor progression with both the start and finish satisfying and full flavored. Although the bourbon is distinct, I agree with another reviewer that there seems like a fortified wine barrle influence here too, which adds to the interest and complexity of the flavors. Long, lingering, delicious aftertaste. Although warming, the alcohol is well covered. I missed this on tap a few years ago, and am glad I had a chance to try it since it was bottled this year. Well worth the wait, and another excellent beer in the Black Raven line up.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AirborneBeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of MatthewWalters
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Splinters from Black Raven Brewing Co.
4.3 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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