ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 bottle. Lovely dark ruby, deep red-raspberry appearance (maroon, chartreuse, merlot). Solid dark beige head. Aroma of stiff but fresh raspberries, plenty of caramel malt mixed with a strong sense of alcohol. The aroma seems powerful, yet very flavorful and intense. Flavor is full of fresh raspberry essence, lots of sticky sweetness, but cut nicely by the large dose of alcohol. Hops take the backburner, but this still tastes great. It does get pretty heavy with the alcohol. Good lingering tart fruitiness on the finish. Yeast and graininess in the palate; beer has a medium-full body. Good stuff.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby, cherry-wood color with a thin, fast dissipating head. Sweet Chambord-like aroma with plenty of ripe raspberries and some caramel malt. Body has hints of tart raspberry, overcome by malty syrupiness and a powerfully alcoholic finish. A great idea for a beer, but could use a little more balance and masking of alcohol. Still has decent complexity and fruit flavor.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red, small white head. Very similiar to New Glarus Raspberry, but not quite as raspberry, Fruity, but not like it has a wheat base, somewhat malt. Full bodied for what I was expecting. Sweet and slightly sticky finish.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Has a big raspberry and malt aroma. Tastes like a bitter with raspberry syrup. Alcohol well masked.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark murky orange with a small head. Sweet raspberry aroma that dominates. Starts and ends sweet, but as the beer warms the sweetness mellows out a bit. I can't picture this being an everyday drinker, but it is a nice beer when you want something different.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Holy frickin' raspberries! brownish/ruby-ish color with a lingering slickish head. HUGE raspberry taste...that and you can taste the alcohol. i think it would be better if it had a lower alcohol content.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light reddish-bronze, small quick-dying head. Powerful fresh raspberry aroma, some alcoholic sharpness, tangy. Big sweet maltiness in the flavor, powerful raspberry junta succeeds in wresting control of the midpalate, alcohol powers in at the end and fruit and booze share the copresidency honors when all is said and done. Somewhat syrupy, no real hops, a bit of pepperiness for good measure to keep Col Raspberry and Maj Alcohol on their toes. This is the way to do a fruit beer, folks. A fine addition to this mostly impressive small Mass brewery's portfolio.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was waiting for this to come out, and grabbed it as soon as it came in. Hazy orangey gold, with a thick white head. Aroma is big and malty, with a strong raspberry scent. Hops are nonpresent. Flavor starts off sweet and malty with the raspberry kicking in towards the middle and finishing with a mild alcoholic bite. The raspberry is just amazing with the massive pale malt flavor. Body is impressive, providing a heaviness in the mouth, similar to coffee. I love heavy beers like this. Makes an excellent winter warmer. Surprisingly and dangerously drinkable.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Well the day has finally come, I have had the first beer from the BBC that I did not like. Has a deep red/amber color and a raspberry/alcohol smell. Taste is at first of the raspberries and malt, but then finishes with a nasty alcohol flavor. Overall I thought this beer had a terrible aftertaste, hopefully this was just a bad bottle or something because I really like this brewery and I hate to give them bad ratings.
OldGrowth (2348) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Fresh rasberry aroma with a hint of the high alcohol behind it. Amber color. Big rasberry taste, with a rich malt background and just a little floral hop bitterness. goes down smooth. Very drinkable for a strong ale.