SHIG (3612) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught: Poured a black with a light brown thin head. Aroma was light to none existent. The taste was strong dark chocolate with light hints of fruit. Not as much fruit as I would have thought from the description, but alright brew overall.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany/near midnight pour with a small latte head. Aroma of cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, and raspberries. Flavor is similar with the raspberry adding a unique dimension...dark chocolate, rich fudge, and brownie as well. Okay, the description sounds better than this tastes but still a good brew.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown. I was immediately startled - I had automatically asumed that this was going to be another imperial stout (it’s not), but that just goes to show you how prevalent impys are these days. Slight tan head. Aroma is lightly of roasted coffee, no raspberry apparent. Flavor totally different. Coffee fades to the background, and chocolate and raspberry come to the front. A lot of flavor for a rather low alcohol stout, still a good body and some slight sweetness. The raspberry seemed a bit artificial in a sense, but I actually rather enjoyed the change of pace from the monster stouts you seem to always find these days.
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour. Aroma of chocolate covered raspberry cordials. Flavor is very much the same. Fun stuff.
Butters (3811) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with not much brown head. Fake raspberry juice water nose and flavor. Roasty and cocoa, but the fakeness of the rasperry water just isn’t doing it for me.
eaglefan538 (2902) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour was black with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly on both pours. The aroma was chocolate, roast, coffee, and raspberry. The flavor followed, nothing really surprising about this other than the fact that the raspberry wasn’t way overdone and the chocolate came across like a cocoa powder in the flavor. Mouthtfeel was only moderate for the style, carbonation a tad weak if anything. Not a bad variant of what it intended to be, just not all that great of a beer to go to. Not sure why I bought it.
radagast83 (4925) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a dark, brown-ruby color, tan head. Aroma is... kind of weak. The beer may have been a bit too cold, as it warmed some notes started coming out. Flavor was another thing. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, raspberries. This was better than I expected and at 4.6% ABV, I was impressed it was as rich as it was. Good!
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is deep cola with two fingers of quickly dissipating kaki head. Nose is raspberries, semi-sweet chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt and chocolate up front that quickly subsides to let the semi-dry raspberries kick in and do their thing. The finish is a three way that lingers on in a slightly dry, yet still sweet fashion. The body is surprisingly light for chocolate stout. This is a nice beer, though nothing stellar, that is would make a solid staple beer to drink over and over. It is also quite sessionable.
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep, dark brown to near black pour with a short, fizzy brown head. Aroma is sweet with dark chocolate, berries, chocolate covered cherries, roasted malt and light coffee. Taste is sweet as well with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, berries and coffee notes. Light tartness from the raspberries and only soft bitterness from the coffee notes. Body is medium but with soft carbonation. Missing a bit more chewiness to it than I’d prefer but that’s is to expected for a 4.6% ABV session style stout. Ends with more raspberry and dark chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt and chocolate cake notes.
strongpieman (1528) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Chocolate / coffee aroma. Black color, light tan head. Clear. Sweetness of the raspberry comes out with the taste. Good full body, a little creamy but not thick. Overall a nice stout, definitely sweet - dessert type.