Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: The taste was delightful, but something seemed way off. Not nearly as good as I thought it’d be. The Belgian yeast seemed to dominate not compliment the other aroma. Some raspberry finally broke through at the very end. Toward the end the aroma improved a little and the flavor faltered. But both occurred a little too late to effect the scoring.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was basically black in the glass with an average tan head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy roasted and burnt malts; heavy to harsh spicy yeast; lighter dusty and doughy yeast (blocking a lot of the raspberry); and raspberry. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a little longer than average duration. There was dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark coffee, raspberry, raspberry chocolate, spicy yeast, chocolate syrup, coffee, milk chocolate and dusty yeast. The medium body was a little oily and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic and slightly alcoholic finish.
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts some belg spice yeast a little raspberry hint aswell. Taste is more of the roast malts some chocolate sweetness a touch of the berries and the Belg touch gives it a interesting end.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with faint mahogany edges and a one finger tan head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted dark malt aroma with vinous dark fruit and subtle spice. Some burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and coffee bean along with candy sugar, pepper, dark cherry, raisin and raspberry. Slightly smokey with faint lactose and lighter chocolate as well but the balance of roasted malt and dark fruits dominate the nose.
Medium bodied with a strong smokey, roasted roasted malt presence that’s countered by the Belgian yeast, spices and dark fruit notes. Very similar to the aroma with burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and espresso bean followed by pepper, licorice, candy sugar and dark berries. Slightly syrupy/medicinal with strong raspberry sweetness lingering in the finish. Decently balanced but the raspberry/dark fruits don’t come in until the end of the sip and the roast is a bit too strong in this store for my preference. Still, it’s a decent beer that’s fairly easy to drink.
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, raspberry, charred wood, and some cocoa. Taste of roast, cocoa, raspberries.
obxdude10 (2151) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Butcher and Barkeep. Quickly becoming one of my newest favorite places! This beer poured an almost black color with a nice tan head that laced nicely around the glass. The nose didn’t tip off the raspberries much. There was mostly light chocolate, toasted malt, cream and a hint of hops in the aroma. But as you finish that first taste, the fruit comes through in a big way. The texture is very creamy and smooth and the flavors are well balanced. There isn’t an overload on the fruit to make the beer too overwhelming. Overall, the flavor profile is on the sweet side with plenty of raspberry. But the light hops, creamy tone and deep malt balance the beer nicely.
Larkin (25) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle, cellar aged one year. Pours dark with nice lacing and little head. the nose is of sweet stout malt and notes of raspberry. Starts with a nice lightly sweet malt followed quickly by raspberries and notes of dark chocolate and coffee, with and earthy finish.
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Dark roasted malts and light tart raspberry aroma with a hint of spice and yeast. Flavor is lots of roasted chocolate malts with a good blend of Belgian spices and yeast with a very subtle hint of raspberry at the finish. Really smooth.
ryanscourt (1065) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not what I expected. At first taste it's confusing. Can't discern the flavors. Then you realize it's got a raspberry under flavor and the chocolate of a standard stout.
Mrnoluv (248) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 19, 2015
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
One of the worst beers I have had in years!!! Wow, this was incredibly bad. You would think there would be some sweetness to even out the tart, sour, funky taste but not really. Just grab a bottle of Russian River Damnation, pour sour raspberry and wheatgrass and you have the idea of this beer! NOT GOOD AT ALL.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, light tan head. This is a fruit beer meets quad meets porter. Interesting beer.
reebtogi (5071) - 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.