CanIHave4Beers (3262) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Bottle, shared in a location remote to my dining room.
The beer almost looks as though still, with a deep reddish brown color.
The aroma offers a huge raspberry character with some chocolate, some "mead like" honey, and some surprisingly mild booziness.
The flavor is enormously sweet, but it’s got a very true raspberry, even seedy raspberry flavor to it. It’s boozy but surprisingly not boozy in an off putting way, the booze finds a way of being a warming as well as a balancing factor in the beer. It’s got a whole bunch of chocolate character to it as well.
The beer is ridiculously viscous, just short of syrupy, and decidedly moth coating.
I am not a lover of sweet drinks generally speaking, but Poltorak, Tokaji, Pedro Ximenez, & Ice Cider when well made are just as beautiful as any drink despite their almost impossible richness and overwhelming sweetness, this among the few beers that is to beer what those drinks are to their respective libations.
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 version - 375 ml bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber, no head. Aroma is the perfect balance of brandy/cognac, raspberries and caramel. Medium palate with nice fruity sharpness of the raspberry, loads of rich sweetness but -bummer- the alcohol is really coming through in the end. Little smoke in the aftertaste is nice. Taste is close to rumtopf, a cherry soaked German alcohol specialty. Pity of the abundant alcohol.
jdb288 (517) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 bottle opened in 2014. Murky red/brown pour with no head. Huge raspberry aroma here. I do get some muted chocolate notes. A little boozy. Fresh/concentrated raspberry flavor along with milk chocolate in the taste. Coats the tongue...ends with a fruit juice astringency. Tons of flavor here.
charule (1099) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to my good friend artmcd8 as a present. Poured dark hazy brown red with no head. Aroma super raspberry sweet jam. Light carb med bod. Jammy raspberry light tart taste. Complex. Pretty awesome.
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., many times. Appearance is a vibrant and deep red. Ruby and pink hues. Medium carbonation provides a half-finger of off-white head that can be revived from the fine lacing with a couple swirls of the glass. Aroma is loaded with tart raspberry jam, coupled with rich caramel, vanilla and a slight alcohol. Taste has a great sweet/tart combination from the raspberry that is calmed by the full-bodied caramel and vanilla that follow. Sticky, syrupy and fulling coating of the palate. The alcohol almost sneaks by unnoticed, but can be detected in the warming finish. A true sipper and a great dessert beer. Kuhnhenn never fails to amaze me with their bold offerings.
Hair6a11 (1358) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle; Pour is murky dark amber, with a very modest off white head into this glass. It retains poorly - but that was fairly expected. The nose is dominant raspberry tart, jam, juice - There’s an earthen note, with caramel and toffee presence here as well. The flavor profile is bittering, but mostly from the alcohol note thanks to the ABV. It’s not entirely meshing well, and I bet it needed a little age. I could be wrong, but its not what I remember from a past vintage. It’s medicinal, raspberry juice, moving to seeds and earthen oak presence - there’s caramel and a hint of more toffee here. There’a also burnt sugar and a candy note here as well. It’s interesting, its unbalanced - and I was expecting more.
weihenweizen (1732) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 2010 winter release (three and a half years after bottling, 2007), 6.3 oz. brown bottle with red wax poured into a snifter, big thanks to Drake for trading me this top want. Pours translucent dark brown with crimson highlights and almost no head. Nice raspberry aroma, no carbonation, no lacing, smooth texture, and medium/thick body. Taste is caramel, some chocolate, some raspberry, and long vanilla finish. Expected more raspberry, abv is well covered, pretty easy to drink, but I hope this has more raspberry fresh.
Lectvay (133) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012. Dark orange-brown, very little head. Strong aroma, fruit, raspberries. Really sweet and thick. Tastes exactly like those French raspberry hard candies that come in a round tin. A pretty amazing beer, and a great experience to drink it. I guess I couldn’t really get past how much it reminded me of those candies. Was hoping I’d like it more.
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to mcbacus.pours a cloudy brown, no head. For being like 7 years old, still get the raspberry. Tasty beer.
Homer321 (1887) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
187ml bottle shared be mcbackus. 2007 bottle. Aroma is a fruity, vanilla, slightly oxidized. Pours a nearly flat reddish brown. Taste is a vanilla cream fruity pie goodness. Slightly sweet and a touch of alcohol warming. Really fantastic.