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 Iíve 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 itís not as thin-bodied as the finish is dry. Bone fugginí 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 (8421) - 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 (5978) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (5021) - 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.
SHIG (3883) - 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 (2939) - 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 (3470) - 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 (itís 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 (10162) - 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 (3946) - 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 isnít doing it for me.
eaglefan538 (2926) - 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 wasnít 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.