CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Pours a mostly still oily dark copper with a thin, wispy off-white head. Aroma of rich complex brown sugar and sweet dark fruits with some raspberry. Body starts rich, sweet, thick and complex with a touch of tart fruity balance. Quite interesting and enjoyable.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at GTMW 2008
Aroma is sweet. cloying red fruit, higher alcohols, acetone, and more sweetness.
Taste is very rich and full, almost creamy and dense in its richness. Lots of red fruit and bourbon.
Finish is sweet and alcoholic, but it works.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours a murky reddish brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of oak, raspberries, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, toffee, raspberries, and chocolate. Tasty!
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GTMW 2008 (thanks to Blake for getting me some before it was gone):
Deep brown with a very oily appearance. WOW what a nose, raspberry, marzipan, viscous syrupy old bourbon, heavy roasted malt and even some chocolate. The taste is big and fruity at first with lots of malts in the profile. The middle is a tad papery and oxidized but seems to actually work. The mouth feel is oily and lush with a VERY WARMING FINISH! Very good a quite different, MIKEY LIKEY!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Great Taste 2008. Aroma of heavy raspberry sweetness. Port-like grape tannin. Vanilla. Caramelized brown sugar with a very noticeable alcohol hotness. Pours a murky brown with sun kissed copper around the edges. Flavor consists of heavy wood tannin. Alcohol. Raspberry liqueur. Honey, ginger. Syrupy sugar with a huge barrel presence... too much barrel. Cloying and sticky sweet but rather thin for the amount of alcohol. Finishes dry and tannic.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Appearance: muddy brown, wipsy beige head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with lots of rapsberry character,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, raspberry is in good balance with the chocolate, rich fruit character without being too sweet or tart,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at GTMW ’08. pours dirty brown with no head. the fresh raspberries just clash with such an old beer that is malty and slightly boozy. bourbon and aged doughy malts, tobacco. the alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma and flavor. i doubt this is almost 15%abv. pretty drinkable though, i’m just not convinced the introduction of raspberries is such a great idea.
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
gtme 08.... caramel toffee brown pour with no head.... aroma was very bourbony with a small degree of raspberries coming through... flavor was a little too sweet and cloying for my liking. lots of residual sugars and the raspberries put it over the top. boozy....really want to try the non-fruited version of this beer some day.
valpoaj (629) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first rating from GTMW ’08, and for a reason. Ruddish brown color with a reddish tint, and no head to speak of. Aroma is beautiful...incredibly light and sweet for a beer of this intensity...notes of chocolate, raspberry, malty/syrupy, alcohol, and a bit of funk mixed in there. Flavor is ridiculously good, this beer set itself apart from the other big beers due to the multi-dimensionality. Up front you get a nice mixture of sweet malt, vanilla, some caramel malts, and a good dose of tart flavor to keep everything mixed nicely, and then the raspberry kicks in. The beautiful thing is that the raspberry didn’t overwhelm, but just becomes part of the beer. Palate is incredibly smooth...only word to describe it is ’silk’. Oh yeah, I’m also wondering where is that 15%...I sure can’t find it! What finally set it apart was the bourbon barrel aging...it does not dominate in any means, but rather adds an incredible third dimension of soft wood and bourbon flavors. Knowing this beer is gone for the time being makes me very, very sad...please brew this again!!!
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep, murky brown with no head sticking around. The aroma picked up raspberry syrup liqueur first and foremost.. thick and sweet with definite power behind (somehow no overt alcohol though!).. a hair too sweet for my liking, but quite nice. Crisp raspberry seeds provided tartness on the tip of the tongue with thicker, syrupy raspberry puree over a sufficient (but almost hidden) caramel base.. spicy, warm finish with some artificial sweetener, but again well-masked alcohol. Thick-bodied and syrupy on the palate with a bit too much sweetness, but that sweetness hid the fact that this was a monster brew.