johnnnniee (2726) - 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 (6193) - 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 Iíd be wary of anyone trying to put this up there with other top tier stouts from CCB.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is similar with a lot of chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit notes. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.
beechner224 (837) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2014 On tap at brewery. Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate , roasted coffee, and raspberry. Initial sip, chocolate and roasted coffee. Not much raspberry. Iím gonna let it warm up.
Iím back, itís warmed for about 20 min. Aroma is much stronger fruit, with just hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is strong radpberry now, with just hints if chocolate and vanilla. Much better warm. Illness back again in another 20.
Iím back, at room temp now. Aroma is now a mix raspberry, chocolate. Taste is now a nice mix of port, raspberry, and chocolate. Awesome beer. I want a lot more.
thirdeye11 (5734) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) very deep jet black pour, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of raspberry, dark chocolate, oats, dirt, like 85% cacao. Taste of dark chocolate, raspberry, candy, cocoa, bakers chocolate, interesting but wasnít up on its nuts like everyone else.
brystmar (1308) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour drools out from the bottle. Dark tan remnants on the sides of my glass; nearly zero head.
Chocolate covered raspberries through and through. Dark and ominous; a touch of burnt charcoal at the end. Raspberry continues to shine through. Excellent.
50belair (2863) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Raspberry aromas. Huge raspberry up front with mild vinous notes. Roasted malt undercurrents. Good body and mouthfeel.
biggsbowler (482) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours a thick black lots of viscosity w/ brown head. Chocolate and raspberry in the nose with faint port smell. The taste is sweet chocolate and lots of raspberry. It starts smooth but itís kind of harsh of the end.
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ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, El Catador Club purchase. pours rich, dense, and motor-oil black capped by a thin, dark mocha head that leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is really stunning with huge notes fresh raspberries, blackberries, and I get some blueberry skins as it warms blended with dark chocolate, roast, subtle molasses, and just a hint of vinous oak. flavor is truly wonderful as well, bringing the stout profile to the forefront with heavy roast, bakerís chocolate, devilís food cake, toffee, and toasted oak ahead of dark, vinous fruits, slightly tart raspberries, sweet plums, and black cherries from the port barrels. palate is smooth, rich, and just a shade less decadent that the other CCB imperial stouts but it really works with the dark fruit notes making in surprisingly easy to drink. overall, yet another world class imperial stout from CCB.
jcartamdg (2352) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet, motor oil black with a thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, tobacco, molasses, raspberries and caramel. Taste is like a chocolate raspberry truffle, so smooth yet very thick. Lots of chocolate, roast, raspberries. So amazing, one of my favorite Ccb beers yet!