bubbleflubber (1787) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the deepest ruby, almost opaque, with a suds head that leaves light lacing. The nose is of roasts and bittersweet chocolates. Flavors of dry roasted coffee, bitter chocolates and hints at raspberry essence. The finish is of coffee. I can’t see how this is labeled a "fruit beer" instead of a stout, so I will assume a miscategorization. The medium-full body and nice roasted coffee palate make for a decent fruity, dry stout here. Nice.
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized tan head. Chocolate, raaspberries, and some roastiness.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of sweet raspberry, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, roast, raspberry, mild coffee and had a dry finish.
Dr_Fellini (373) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown almost black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, raspberry, burnt malts, roasted coffee. Flavor is mostly burnt malts and light chocolate, not much fruity character. Medium body with a lingering burnt bitterness. Interesting. Nothing special.
keanex (1403) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled December 26, 2013.
Appearance: In the glass the body appears a deep opaque chestnut, but through the light I can see garnet edges, but not through the center. A short tan head sits on top.
Aroma: Initially I get a prominent roasted coffee aroma with a backing of chocolate and a hint of sweet artificial raspberry. As it warms the aroma exhibits a sort of stale presence, it reminds me of something that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe 4 months is too long for this to be on the shelf? If so it should be draft only.
Taste: The flavor isn’t very sweet like I’d imagined, hints of coffee with sort of stale malts underlying it. The finish shows a little chocolate and a hint of raspberry. Not as whacky as I’d imagined. This would likely be better fresher.
Palate: Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Nice try, but if your beer can’t handle a 4 month shelf life and doesn’t move fast enough then it should probably be tap only. I may revisit this next year, but only if I feel intrigued enough to.
mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Mineral with a slight raspberry and roasted malt flavor with a mute finish.
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pineypower (2492) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out almost black with a small off white head. Aroma is of chocolate, raspberry, light medium roast coffee. Taste is light chocolate, raspberry puree, medium roast coffee, some light bitterness, mild artificial sweetness creeping in, I know it’s only 4ish percent but the body is thinner than I would have liked.
dmac (3924) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Spirits Rt 166. Poured a medium density light black body with a smaller beige foamy head. Aroma is all over the place, chocolate to start followed but overly sweet raspberry, dark toast and for some reason canned dog food. Medium to slightly thinner mouthfeel with average to stronger carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of artificial raspberry, well done toast, some dark chocolate, burnt malts. Okay but seems artificial.
jdb288 (489) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fresh bottle. Pours brown/black, no head. Aroma is very light...some raspberry, some chocolate. Hard to discern. Taste was a bit of a let down. I’m not sure what "gourmet chocolate raspberry coffee" is...that sounds like a bit of a misnomer. The raspberry flavor was faint, in the background, and too indistinct to be a pleasant accent. Not much in the way of coffee flavor either. In all, a bit too light for me.
SamP01 (547) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very mild with dark roasted malt and fruity notes. Taste is sweet dark malt, mild coffee and chocolate with a bit of artificial raspberry flavor. Palate is medium body with good carbonation, slightly dry astringent. The finish is same as taste with some lingering roasted malt coffee and mild raspberry flavor mild bitterness. Was expecting a bit more substance from this brew, improves as it warms up a bit. Overall an ok brew nothing stand out.