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:
69
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
9.15%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
12
For Trade:
2
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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a clear mahogany and a minimal head; due to the high ABV I won't quibble much about the head as it does leave a few streaks

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon, oak and a touch of vanilla

Taste: Caramel and Bourbon commingle in the front end with oak, vanilla and nuts building, in the middle; sweet and boozy, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodies with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I don't get much in the way of the characteristic Wee Heavy peat elements here as this tastes more like a BA English barleywine; not a bad beer but a bit too sweet and boozy for me

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mactrail
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/12/2016

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Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dirtylou
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ the brewery

Chestnut-brown body, not much in the way of head presentation. The bourbon really isnt that pronounced in my opinion - adds some sweetness and booze but not a strong flavor. Toffee, caramel, wood. Not particularly in-line with the style - interested in having a few bottles, but a little underwhelmed

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of DOCRW
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Splinters from Black Raven Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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