LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours midnight brown with a thin creamy tan ring.
Aroma: Chocolate, dark fruit, wet wood, soy.
Taste: Raspberry, umami, dark chocolate raspberry truffle.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, full bodied, modest carbonation.
Overall: A delicious treat. Definitely a dessert sipper type of beer.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml and served in a snifter: Pours jet black and had an initial deep tan and orangy frothy head, spotty lace. Beside the raspberries and light red wine notes, there is still plenty of that CCB characteristics of roast, tobacco, walnuts and char found with pretty much all there darker beers. Slight oxidization, faint chocolate sourness from the fruit which helps balance the sweeter malts. Some fusels show as it warms, best to drink this semi-cold. The best 110K+OT since Batch #2 Barrel Aged. Cobar approved and send by beer buddy Eric Starnes, cheerio.
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a dark brown with a purple hue and thick tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is raspberry, chocolate, and oak. Thick mouthfeel with strong raspberry and port wine with light boozy finish. Very impressive.
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle pours a dark black with a tan head that sticks around. Port chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Big juicy raspberry and port taste. Great beer. Extremely enjoyable as it warms.
burg326 (3889) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a blackish color with aromas of chocolate, roast, raspberries, some light earth and a touch of barrel. Flavors are the same almost like a raspberry brownie with some booze in it. Solid imperial stout sucks I only have the 1 bottle.
drowland (6170) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/26/13. 750mL bottle. Black pour with a nice tan head. Nice aroma, plenty of raspberry, some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aspects, light sweetness and tartness from the port barrels. Awesome flavor, really digging it, plenty of raspberry, combined with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a nice barrel presence. Yum.
cbfobes (2349) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by drowland, pours black with a thick brown head and lots of lacing, head stayed around for awhile, the aroma was really roasty with quite a bit of the fruit and wine barrels coming through, the flavor was sweet on the front end with lots of chocolate and cocoa and the dryness of the barrels in the finish, the raspberries are present, but are kind of over taken by the chocolate and barrel. Nice.
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Coffee District,. I think it was a little old though. Kind of stake tasting overall. Poured into a snifter. Dark in color with a thick head that disappeared slowly. Aroma of dark fruits, liquorice, yeasts, and caramel. The taste was kind of muted and boring compared to the aroma. Caramel, dark fruits, rich dark sugars, and molasses. Medium full body and medium carbonation. Finishes sweet and aromatic.
johnnnniee (2462) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the source. Thanks Mead Me for helping with the delivery!
Solid black color with a huge tan head that persists forever. Aromas of chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with a light vinous and a solid raspberry presence. The flavor is sweet with unfermented dark sugars, chocolate and lots of tart and lightly sweet raspberries. Tastes like chocolate covered raspberries very nicely done! Thick body with a sweet sugary mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer, I almost feel bad about sharing I wanted it all to myself! I so wish I had another!
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of a fishingnet/afterglow trade. Thanks as always, Ben. Excited for this one. Pours a deep rich blackish pour, some legs and thickness, opaque black pour, touches of ruby over midnight and brownish edges. Big cakey darker brown head atop stays as a firmer layer, sticks around well, darker and ominous with nice lacing. Aromas are distinct vinous and red wine element, port and cocoa nibs, toasty and roasty malts, some biscuit and caramel. Red wine is darker, deeper, firm oak, a touch tannic with raspberry pulp, seedy and deeper. Some skin, tannic elements and tartness, a bit juicy. Nice lush nose really flows well. Potent, nice play between the elements. Initial is fuller bodied, a touch thinned by some barrel, firmer oak, a bit ashy and roasty. Some peanut, soil, earth and roasty cocoa nibs. More chocolate, caramel sweetness into the middle, firmer oak and port barrel. Some raspberries are a bit tannic and tart, a bit pulpy but not sweet. The berries show up a bit less in the body than the nose. Some dryness, roast and cocoa nibs really linger, earthy, some soil and ash sustain as we keep moving on. Decent barrel with more raspberry and cocoa, but lighter body, firmer roast element as we finish. That more potent port element on the nose and up front tapers off much more as we get back here. Some dryness, toast, roast and a decent effort by the raspberries as we start to finish. The beer certainly grows on me more as I get into, as it opens up the raspberry element gets a bit more assertive, offers a bit more life. The port, earthy with some vinous qualities and red wine elements it hit and miss for me. On at times, off aat others. But the raspberry really does develop for me. Finish is raspberry, some vanilla, oak and llingering roast, some caramel and firmer cocoa. Overall, the barrel and raspberry almost gives a detergent feel at times (and no, not the gllassware), but works are gives some nicer deep port notes at others. A mixed bag here, for my personal palate. Some oddities but some really good stuff at others. Looked great, tastes quite good once you get into it with that firmer raspberry element into the backend, firm stout elements mixing well, flow works for me. That nose can be a bit odd though and I’d be wary of anyone trying to put this up there with other top tier stouts from CCB.