obguthr (3921) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark chocolate and raspberry nose, moderate strength. Clear mahogany, medium tan head, good lacing. Thin mouthfeel, too thin for a stout. Heavy on the raspberry with bark underneath and in the finish. While any fruit additions would make this a fruit beer instead of a stout, this would still be a fruit beer as it bears little resemblance to a stout. Was hoping for a greater chocolate presence and more body. I like Duclaw, but not this beer so much.
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark dark brown, small tan head, light lacing... lots of raspberry, with some chocolate notes in the aroma... some mild coffee flavor under notes of choc and rasp... medium to almost medium thin body, light liveliness...
Ret12 (452) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a delicious stout that reminded me off a chocolate cherry, nice sweetness but not over done.
GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
651mL. Pours a clear lighter brune with a very light beige head. Doesn’t look like stout. Small retention and modest lace. Nose is cheap raspberry chocolates with small coffee. Something very odd comes into play in the nose like old grape jelly and the Short’s infecting bacteria as found in PB&J and Key Lime Pie. Taste is wildly thin almost straight water with dirt. Palate is dirty and watery. Extremely thin. Not good. Overall, comes across as worse than grape Perrier. Perhaps grape Perrier with dirt added.
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
shared bomber - purchased at Rip’s in Bowie, MD. light black color with a small off white / light tan head. light to medium aromas of chocolate, raspberry, roasted malts and coffee. medium body with a heavy roast, light raspberry and coffee notes. dry finish with more roast and lingering tart raspberry.
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ DuClaw, Arundel Mills location. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate raspberry aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and raspberry flavor. Has a roasted malty raspberry finish.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber -> snifter. Pours a visibly thin deep walnut brown with a short-lived tan head that fades to a wimpy ring. some spotty, thin lacing. The nose is exploding with refined, mature raspberry and mocha notes. Like the finest raspberry dark chocolate truffles I’ve ever had the pleasure of savoring. Fruity medium/light roasted coffee is also apparent in the aroma. The flavour has everything I hoped it would, which is everything present in the aroma. A long palate duration leaves a lingering of delicate roast and sweet raspberry/cocoa. The finish is really bone dry, which is not a characteristic I usually like paired with any sort of roasty, sweet beer. If dry is what they were going for, then they nailed it. Certainly thin-bodied, which is understandable at 4.6%, but still, a fuller palate would make this beer absolutely phenomenal. Maybe it’s not as thin-bodied as the finish is dry. Bone fuggin’ dry, yet there is still a nice lingering of the aforementioned flavours. Some spruce-like hops tastefully counter the sweetness. Will definitely buy again for friends and family and would love to try this on tap.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from State Line. Pours mahogany with deep ruby edges through direct light and an overall jet black look from afar. Minimal head. Nose is roasty black patent malt, chocoff, walnut. Tastes malty, with a pretty hefty natural raspberry flavor, cacao, mild coffee. More raspberry in the flavor than the nose, and the converse for the coffee. This one was a nice finisher on a 100 degree suburban Philadelphia day.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Midnight red with a thin tan head and a killer raspberry aroma. This flat out drinks like a chocolate bar with a raspberry filling, a delicious dessert option with only a few more calories than the real thing. Good job. (#4180, 7/20/2011)
jgb9348 (4773) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, fast-dying tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, raspberries (tons of them), coffee and a decent amount of roasted malt. Medium to Full-bodied; Potent strong chocolate and raspberry flavour up front with the coffee notes falling behind. Aftertaste shows for a long while with the bitterness from the malt and coffee taking centre stage. Overall, a nice and potent fruit beer, that probably belongs in the sweet stout category. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 04-July-2011 sampled at home with a friend on 07-July-2011 in Washington.