phaleslu (6836) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared at Dakís tasting. Thanks! Pours a deep brown with a small tan head that leaves a film and ring. Aroma of chocolate, soy, dark fruits (berries, figs, plums), oak, and earth. Flavor of berries, roasted malts, tobacco, earth, plums, dates, and molasses. The port really does its thing here, and the raspberries show up, too. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty, fruity mouthfeel. Good fruit-infused imperial stout.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, practically black in color with a radioactive orange-colored head, this has an aroma of a barrel-aged imperial stout. Notes of bourbon and sweetness greet the nose up front with a slightly fruity, almost tart aroma. Itís very nice. The aroma is mostly of roasted malts, but balanced well with alcohol and make way just enough for all the nice flavors of (insert barrel type used). Itís an alluring and intoxicating aroma. The flavor is twice as impacting as the aroma is. It settles a little sour on the stomach, unfortunately. Itís wet in the mouth and on the palate, fruity, with a roast character thatís slightly omitted form the palate. If anything the one thing prevails in this beer itís the heaviness and sourness on the gut. Itís definitely abnormal up-front. Itís hard to finish, honestly. Iíd prefer this beer be more easy-going. It could easily use another two years of aging before it could be experienced more enjoyably. Itís a little too straight-up, a little too strong and flavorful right now. But still, itís very impacting and very fruity with raspberries very much in the face - so much so that it seems like a tart candy.
McNeillR (1328) - SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich darkest brown, slimmest head. Iconoclastically and filthy sweet nose, much raspberry tartness coming through as things open up. Charred meat and dark choc, rabid raspberry. Like picking your way gleefully through a chocholate box where you know every taste is well judged silky sweetness and a succulent juicy centre. Port sweetness burns through on the finish, roast and choc come back with more roasted dark fruit linger - but an 11%íer? Nah. Brilliant.
Bottle, muleíd by CAGarvie for the "Letís Do A Chris O" Chris-O-age, vile style
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, thin tan head. Aromas of liquorice, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste has liquorice and red fruit, port coming through at the end. Rich, nice.
BenH (2506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, dark fruits. Taste of raspberry and licorice, molasses, chocolate, roast. Sweet and a little chalky. Delish
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...deep black ... thin tan lacing ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark chocolate roast ... deep roast malts ... meaty .. rich roast ... light raspberry... dark roast and port finsih
umich03jm (2177) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Kevin, Jeff, and Tony for sharing. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is packed with raspberry jam with some light burnt wood, ash and chocolate. Seems to be a bit too much raspberry in the taste though. Itís pretty much all I taste except for a little ash and some coffee-like bitterness. Still a really good beer but I just wish the raspberry was more balanced with the base beer.
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Oily, deep black hole, much like the rest of Cigar Cityís stouts. Slick & thick looking, no head whatsoever. Aroma is very nice with notes of sweet & lightly tart raspberry jam, blackberry, robust chocolate, honey, grapes, & a strong undercurrent of vinous grapes, oak, & port. Yeah, you can definitely tell it was aged in port barrels. Taste is chocolate covered raspberries with notes of port wine, earth, & wood. Big jammy character, lots of raspberry & other berry notes with a decadent, sweet chocolate river flowing through. Silky, large mouth feel... Great stuff, here. Reminds me of a "stout" version of Kuhnhennís Raspberry Eisbock. A whole bottle would be intimidating but in smaller doses, this is very, very lovely.
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, maple syrup, raspberries, and just a hint of roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights along the outer edges of the glass. It has a small tan head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with starts a quick dose of dark chocolate. The finish has moderate sweet raspberry with a touch of tart raspberry. Thereís also some faint roast. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Beardaxe (266) - - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Stout aroma with a moderate raspberry presence. A nice blending on the nose. Taste is similar. The base stout her is excellent and assertive. Nice soy sauce like flavor (reminiscent of, but not quite as intense as, Marshall Zuchov). The raspberry is sharp, sweet, and fits snugly in the middle of the taste. It has a bit of that cloying "fruit syrup" element to it, but never really crosses the line. As the beer warms, it becomes better integrated into the stout. For 11% this drinks really smooth. I can see how some might diss it for being a bit of a gimmick or simple beer, it really is just an imperial stout with raspberry flavor, but it's so week executed that it easily comes off as something more.
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