Splinter Black | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by fiver29 on 10-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of madelf66
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin soy sauce

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I remember the hype behind these before they were released. I think it was prolly on the backs of splinter gold and blue that this one came in ultra hyped. Then it fell flat on the demand side, and for good reason says I.

Poured black, absolutely nothing wrong with the appearance here, other than maybe a gripload of carbonation. The head was that cherry cola head appearance. The aroma dropped a substantial amount of wood, vanilla to a lesser extent, but man, fresh cut wood.

Taste, wow, did they puree some toothpicks into this? So woody. The carbonation seemed livelier than it should have been, it was very much so. The heavy wood amount contributed lots of dryness inside the mouth.

Interesting beer, super heavy oak presence. Solid viscosity all around.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of portia99
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml C&C bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours near black in color, clear enough to see bubbles rising through the body up to the finger of cappuccino colored head that slowly falls leaving behind lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Roasty, a bit caramelly, light astringency, licorice, woody oak, mildy boozy.

T - Roasted malt up front, some charcoal, wood, chocolate, mild vanilla tho not nearly as present as I expected given the process to make this beer.

M - Medium-full bodied, light carbonation, roast and char, caramel and chocolate. Pretty much par for the course for the style.

O - Hoped for more than this when I traded for it, pretty much got what I expected based on reviews. Solid imperial stout, but so many excellent examples out there that this just blends with the rest of the pack.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Draesith
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of haazer
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of 4 bottles I got at the brewery 3 years ago. Poured in a snifter.

A- Thick black brew with a highly carbonated billowy tan head. The foam leaves lacing on the glass as it comes down. Interestingly the foam is looser at the surface and much denser at the black liquid.

S- Heavy doses of vanilla and dark fruits. There's some tobacco, molasses, and a slight whiff of booze. You also get an impression of damp oak.

T- The vanilla starts out and then becomes overtaken by an astringent oak. The malts in here are deeply charred and has a slight dark chocolate flavor. There's also some tobacco profile, and a back end flavor of molasses.

M- Full bodied stout with high carbonation. This brew is thick and coat's the mouth. A slight hint of heat from the booze, but not tasted. As the beer warms up it does smooth out a bit. Not quite the "velvet" described on the card around the neck.

O- There was a lot of different opinions by people on this beer. In my experience with 4 bottles, the first three were great. This last bottle I felt was a bit more harsh, even after 3 years and probably fell into the variation others hated. Even with the bottle variation on this beer, it was not terrible like some suggested. If you were lucky to get a "good" bottle then you had a great beer. I was thankful for those, and this one too. My rating is based on the first three.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Schreibeers
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I just couldn't wait any longer. With one more bottle in the cellar, being snowed in seems like the perfect occasion.

Poured into two large goblets.

A: Dark black (no surprise), no light penetration, a nice three finger head that settles into a thin head that maintains throughout with some nice lacing.
S: Fresh woody notes seems to be the most apparent on the nose. Some faint alcohol, but not picking up much chocolate or dark roasted malts
T: Again, the woodiness seems to take center stage at first as it fades into a mild, smooth round flavor with some dark roasted maltiness ending in a warming alcohol
M: Slightly effervescent with some sharpness , almost like some strong dark belgian. Medium body, not your typical heavy mouthfeel for this style.
D: I like the fact this beer does not have an overpowering mouthfeel. The flavors are there, more subtle than I expected, but very well done.
Overall a great beer. Curious to see what this does with some age. Although, for any of those lucky enough to have two, I highly recommend popping one tonight. If you just have one, sit on it for a couple months.

After sitting on this beer for about two years I decided to open my other bottle. Poured into Troegs Mad Elf tulip

A: Same as before. Dark and opaque. The head is a little more apparent and seems to stick around for longer than previously noted.
S: Dark maltiness, sweet with slight notes of vanilla and oak. The primary oaky smell seems to have dissipated.
T: Dark and malty as expected. This is where the oak is more apparent. The label states aged in virgin oak barrels and I can still taste that oakiness. Maybe some bitterness/licorice taste.
M: Smooth and sweet. Maybe just a little thin for the style.
O: Overall I believe it is definitely better than two years ago. A great beer. I feel very lucky to have had two of these beer spread over two years. A great example of how a beer can improve with time. I mentioned in my first review to wait a few months. Well if you still have a splinter black sitting in your cellar, I recommend opening it up soon.


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Photo of cbeer88
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Greenplastic615
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Thorpe429, way back in the day. Served in a tulip. Decided to open this when Sean told me it had improved.

A - Dark tan foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and spotty lacing. The body is an opaque dark brown color that verges on black.

S - Still a boatload of sharp and spicy oak, although it's not as heavy-handed as it used to be when this was fresh. There's a good dose of baker's chocolate and caramel sweetness, with some of the anticipated vanilla as well. The balance is still out of whack here - generally the oak complements the beer and not the other way around.

T - The taste is a bit more in balance, as there's more roast and dark chocolate and the oak is pushed a bit out of focus. Still, there's a good amount of charred wood, vanilla, and sweeter malt flavors mixed in.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium-full body, with an extremely dry and woody texture to it. Still a decent amount of alcohol warming after 2+ years of age.

D - This was better than I remembered, as some of the astringent oak character has mellowed and the malt sweetness has begun to peek through; the feel is still not very pleasant though. The concept wasn't a great one; perhaps this should have been blended back to dial down the oak. Still, it's not terrible like some people make it out to be, merely mediocre.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Splinter Black from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 170 ratings