strongpieman (1550) - 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.
tastybeer (1804) - Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is raspberry, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is sweet with coffee, raspberry, dark chocolate. A bit watery in the palate. Not bad, definitely a dessert beer.
abcfan (755) - New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good beer. Looks like a glass of cola, with no lacing. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Very little carbonation, slides across tongue, very thin. Leaves a nice raspberry aftertaste. Would be a nice desert beer.
TheEpeeist (3415) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark purple brown with some suds. Nose is raspberry, chocolate and coffee, as advertised. Medium light with dull carb; kind of watery but i guess as expected from a 4.6% stout. Taste offers the same mix with the coffee not too bitter and the chocolate not too sweet. Raspberry peeking in and out adds a tart contrast. A fine session brew at a reasonable price.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From my growler I brought home. Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held in the light. Small tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, coffee, and raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries, chocolate and slight bitter coffee metallic finish. It has a moderate finish. Creamy mouthfeel, could benefit from not being so thin though. I really enjoy this beer. Interesting take on the style but this definitely tasted better directly at DuClaw.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
20110209 Tap at Bel Air. Black and mostly opaque with thin but lasting tan head of medium foam. Aroma is primarily roasty and mineral with some metallic notes. As it warms a candy-like raspberry aroma emerges and eventually dominates. Body is medium-light with only a subtle roasted bitterness and no noticeable hops. Basic and drinkable, but nothing I craved enough for a second glass. If they wanted to add a chocolate beer to the lineup, I wish it had been a re-release of that chocolate porter (X-1).
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at release at the Bel Air location. Poured very dark black with a half a finger width tan head. Raspberries and chocolate malts with some coffee are what you breath in the entire pint. Besides the raspberries, chocolate and a sweet taste. Waited a while for this beer, probably a one time buy and will still to the non flavored stouts.
scottw86 (1133) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured black with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly of raspberries and chocolate malts with some coffee. Taste is mainly of raspberries as well. Other flavors included milk chocolate, toasted malts, and sugar. The berry flavor mixed with the chocolate malts to form an interesting sweet toasted taste in the finish. Not the worst thing Iíve had, but I kinda wish they hadnít turned this stout into a fruit beer with raspberry flavoring.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is of raspberries. Black color. Taste is very raspberry like. Some dry coffee flavors as well. A little too much raspberries for me.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2011 Tap at Arundel Mills in Mar 2008: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a frothy creamy dark tan head. Aroma of sweet, smoky dark malts and a touch of milk chocolate and grain. Body starts lightly caramely sweet, quickly drying out before an earthy smoky lingering finish. I didnít taste much raspberry flavor, but pretty good nonetheless.
22oz bottle sampled on 4/28/11: Pours a barely transparent deep mahogany with ruby hues and a thin, wispy-lacing beige head. Has a sweet light caramel and fruity raspberry nose with some dark chocolate and roasty coffee. Starts with average fullness and light malty sweetness with good sugary raspberry sweetness and a smooth roasted malty finish. An enjoyable and complex, yet sessionable.