Black Raven Splinters Bourbon Strong Scotch Ale
Black Raven Brewing CompanyRedmond, WA, United States of America
Redmond, WA, United States of America
Type: Scotch Ale
Release: Limited Rotating (vintaged)
Bitterness: 34 IBU
From the brewer
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. This rare bird is Released annually.
Overall: 90 (logged 49 times)
Draft: 90 (logged 42 times)
Bottle: 89 (logged 7 times)
Who's been drinking this
Good but not sure if it's an actual decline in quality or the Rum Coco Jones was just that good, but it suffers in direct comparison. Seemed thinner than I remember, a little more fruity and less balanced. Definitely got that Bourbon though.
Thinner than I remembered, with a light, caramel, slightly nutty flavor. Bourbon is clear on the tongue but not overwhelming. I think I actually prefer the Possum Claus this year, and I don't know if it's me or the beer that's changed.
Still very good, it's starting to feel a little flat though.
Don't know whether it's because the bottle is aged a few extra months, but I didn't remember it having such dubbel like flavors. Dried fruits flavors, especially raisins, as well as caramel flavors combine with a medium bitternes into a pretty pleasant profile.
Bottle at Home
Tried after eating (mostly) unsweetened dark chocolate, really brought out the sweet caramel of this beer. Smooth bourbony overtones.
Lots of cherry, clear bourbon flavors, boozy but not overpoweringly so.
Bottle at Home
This was so good, you guys. Strong bourbon presence, and light carbonation on the already exceptional Second Sight base. If there's a minus, it's that it's not very beer-like, more like a malty Manhattan. But seriously, I love Manhattans.