ChainGangGuy (4721) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.
Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body given a slim (very slim, actually), light tan head.
Smell: Easy going, ho-hum roast, vague chocolaty hint with some background faux raspberry.
Taste: Moderately roasty, coffee-ish tone with a little bit of sugared sweetness. Scant chocolate. Middling, unremarkable raspberry. Rather anticlimactic. The finish is sweetish trailing out flavors as mild as when they came in.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a bit on the thin side. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Lackluster and frankly bit of a letdown. I’d had hopes. Maybe not high hopes, but hopes none the less. Now, I’m a little gun shy for the Double version. 2x zero is still a big, fat zero.
tillmac62 (658) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BOD 12/29/15. Pours pitch black. Very good head volume and lacing, outstanding retention.
Outstanding nose of bright raspberry over light chocolate, a bit of roast and a touch of char.
Heavy light body that is smooth with a hint of creaminess. Normal carbonation level with a fairly good balance with the body. Effervescence is mild mid-palate and closes with a nice prickly finish.
The flavor profile is good, but lacks intensity. It begins with a subtle coffee that flows into a light roast in the middle. Chocolate hints at being present, but you have to search for it. Raspberry makes a light appearance as the finish approaches. The finish is a slow fade of light coffee.
BeerdedDave (1233) - - APR 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black color; chocolaty, roasted malt aroma with just hints of fruit in the aroma; chocloate and roasted malt flavor up front; raspberries come through in the finish
geologyguy (1250) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light raspberry smell...taste is medium dark chocolate and raspberry... Smooth but not diverse...straightforward...finish is selzery...meh
drsordr (2182) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour opaque black with large tan head. Nose big raspberry, chocolate covered fruit, light roast. Taste light powder chocolate, then raspberries. Nicer fruit flavors instead of cough syrup. Fruit and chocolate finish.
rondphoto (3740) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque brown/black color, tan head that drops to a thin cover, dots and spots of lace. Taste is dark malt that adds light carbonation, along with chocolate and raspberry in the swallow, moving from there to a long sweet finish that holds on to the chocolate and raspberry. A light brew, but also strikingly good.
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at The Brass Tap - U Square, served in a flight. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with amber edges and a small beige head that leaves a lace sheet in the glass along with a ring and an island of film. The primary character here is a chocolate-covered cherry, with toast, tobacco, earth, subtle coffee roast, and raspberry. Light-bodied, with modest carbonation and a dry, smooth mouthfeel that shows a balance between the light fruity tang and faint toasted and roasted malts. Slightly chalky. At first, I didn’t like this and thought something was off. But then the ’chocolate-covered berry’ thing occurred to me, and I guessed that was the intent. Looked it up and it was right! Whew. The menu just said "stout" so I had no guidance. It’s not bad.
ContemplateBeer (1945) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle from Liquor Barn (Jefferson Commons). Aroma: Light to moderate raspberry syrup; moderate roasted peanuts; light chocolate. Appearance: Pure black with a foamy mocha head that settles into a thin ring. Flavor: Immediate, but short lived raspberry followed by peanut roast; very light chocolate throughout; the finish is dry and abrupt. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, very soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: The roasted peanut thing is just weird here, especially in light of the "coffee" claim made on the label. An experiment worth skipping.
drfabulous (6178) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Bottled 12/29/15. Dark pour. Upfront chocolate and raspberry. Thin in the body - but ABV predicts that. Decent.
tmongoose (2108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle to mug that poured a dark brown to almost black with light tan head. the original aroma I got was raspberry syrup mixed with roasted malts. with the flavor my nose wasn’t to far off. you get a nice roasted malt flavor with it being a little bit more bitter than what it should be also and bit on the thin side. the raspberry flavor is a nice touch and flavor. the 2 flavor blend well but the bitterness and thinness take away from the overall. but for drinking its pretty good for what it is.