ben4321 (4015) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 22 oz bottle, 8/16/12
Aroma: The nose is mostly roasted malts/coffee, with some chocolate and some raspberry
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a small, fizzy beige head, and some occasionally spotty lace
Flavor: While the nose leans heavier on the roasted/coffee malts, the chocolate and the raspberry really come though a lot more in the flavor. The coffee is still there, but it moves to the background, as the sweetness comes out. The flavor is fairly sweet, though not cloying, and it actually reminds me quite a bit of those Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Squares, though it isn’t quite to that level of sweetness.
Palate: It is fairly light bodied, a hint watery, it is smooth, and has a decent, though slightly weak mouthfeel
Overall, there were some good things going on here. I mean this one is clearly a 1 (OK, 3) dimensional beer, but those 3 elements (chocolate, raspberry, and coffee) all worked pretty well together. I would have liked a little more substantive body, but overall, the feel is solid. This was a very solid, sweet, "dessert-type" of beer. I enjoyed it more then I expected that I would.
BrotherJason (47) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma dominated by raspberry over dark roasted malt. Medium feel for a stout. A little bitter and savory, a touch sweet. Finishes dry with light bitterness. Easy to drink!
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared inDrammen. Dark maroon color, small tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered fruit, very nice. Taste is similar, but very light body not bad.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a fair black with a bubbly cocoa head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and raspberry. Pretty much the same taste, fairly carbonated. Surprisingly just the right amount of raspberry.
Elwood (3300) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a murky brown. The nose is all raspberries. The flavor is more dark mild or porter than stout. The raspberry is very forward with slight earth notes and a bit of cocoa powder. The finish is dry and chalky. Lighter in body than I was expecting, but very drinkable. A nice dessert beer.
deyholla (6707) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a generous trader. Pours a a clear dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of chocolate with some faint raspberry and backing roast and dark grain. Flavor starts with a good amount of chocolate with some raspberry and backing dark grain.
mnoud (281) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012.03.01 - On tap at Always Ron's in tulip glass. Pours dark. Pretty much what it says on the box, chocolate raspberry stout. The raspberry is dialed in pretty well, not too much and not too little. Mouthfeel is not too heavy, a bit of alcohol bite. Not bad.
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark, almost opaque but not quite; just a hint of garnet coming through the edges under strong light. Thin scum of foam for a head that quickly reserves itself to the glass edges.
The aroma is like berry scented bath soap. Berry-like, yet artificial in some way.
The flavor is a weak chocolate cherry kind of affair. It doesn’t deliver what was hinted at in the aroma.
BeerandBlues2 (9761) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours clear black with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is cherry, chocolate, and coffee with light prune notes, and faint licorice. Flavor is heavy malt, dark chocolate and cherry, coffee and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a very dark brown color with a medium thin off-white head that evaporates steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is berry-forward with a bit of chocolate in the background. Light body with a raspberry character and chocolate malt backbone, as well as a bit of mild coffee. The finish is tart with a raspberry aftertaste. Decent overall.