SpringsLicker (3224) - 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 (10542) - San Diego, California, 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 (9118) - 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.
obguthr (4389) - 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 (1408) - 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 (453) - 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 (9177) - 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 (2215) - 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 (18758) - 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.