ACHops (946) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours inky black with medium mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty malts with some sweet undertones. Taste is thick chocolatey smooth stout with substantial sweet berry raspberry undertones. Melds nicely. I have to say, this is not a combo I would have thought of but done well here. Widmer tried this with an imperial stout and just didn’t get the raspberry right. Elysian had to use a bunch of raspberry here.
reebtogi (4746) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is raspberries with some chocolate and roasted grains and a hint of yeast. Taste is a raspberry tartness with a chocolate malty sweetness and roasted grain bitterness with a dry yeasty finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation that pleases the palate. Overall, this is a really enjoyable brew with a nice balance.
ffaoe (315) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
awesome raspberry/chocolate aroma, color is pitch black with a foamy light brown head. roasty chocolaty flavor up from then transitions to a slight raspberry flavor. faint aftertaste is of a chocolate covered raspberry.
drjay44 (2935) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2015. 7.9% ABV per the label.. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained, light beige, head, with slight lacing, over a clear, slightly red, dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is roasted malts with coffee, slight chocolate, very light raspberry, no hops, balance to the malts.....taste is slightly raspberry sweet, with heavily roasted malts with coffee, slight chocolate, finishing mildly hop bitter, balance to the malts......mouth feel, heavy of medium body, light alcohol, sticky, carbonation creates a creamy mouthful. This is a different recipe from the original as shown by the increased ABV. It is not as complex as anticipated, with the relatively dominant roasted malts, relatively hidden yeast contributions, and light additions from the raspberry. It would be better with slightly less highly roasted malts, which would allow a bit more chocolate cocoa notes and less coffee. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
jgb9348 (5064) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a large-bubbled head just showing a touch of deep brown colours. Strong chocolate and spice in the nose with a bit of raspberry and grain, but a lot of roasted malt and a bit of coffee as well. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty flavours with some lactose and coffee noticeable, but a large presence of malt, raspberries and grain. Aftertaste shows some malt and coffee with milk sugars and some cream noticeable, all finishing with some raspberries. Overall, a nicely balanced beer with a good profile and a touch of fruit. This naturally should be classified as a sweet stout, but a good beer, not great and not bad throughout. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom, Eye St NW), DC on 25-May-2015 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on 01-June-2015.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Berries, roast, and chocolate.
pictoman (760) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the tap. Black with minimal beige head. Mild roast malt, very subtle raspberry sweetness, a little spicy Belgian yeast at the end. A little light.
stantheman (767) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap taster at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. A very dark almost black beer with a light tan head and lacing, with a fruity and roasted nose. Fruity for sure, faintly raspberry, malty, low bitterness. More raspberry on the finish. 3.3.
DuffMan (7836) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by phantomhennes on game night. Medium-dark brown, lively tan head that settles into a thick pad. Fresh tart raspberry is very subtle, dark cacao chocolate, mild roast without any ashiness. The raspberry is very genuine and somewhat understated, which serves this beer well. Very tasty.
douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a ruddy black color with a medium light brown head. A big chocolate and light berry nose. The flavor is sweet raspberries, coffee, dark chocolates. I’m not getting a ton of Belgian yeast in it. The overall flavor is super sweet berries and light stout flavors. Pretty good.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Black color, compact head. Mild aroma of roasted malts and cardboard. Roasted malt flavor, rather dry, also more body was expected given the high ABV, and once more the raspberries add nothing g good to black beers, as their tartness doesn’t blend with the roasted malts.
Could be an OK beer for somebody, but the result is cacophonous.